California Ranked Dead Last In Quality Of Life. Here Are The Changes They Are Making.

Updated March 11, 2018

Despite new rules implemented in the past few years, California has ranked dead last among U.S. states for quality of life, according to a study by U.S. News. According to the magazine’s ranking, which judged each state in the areas of natural and social environments, “A person’s quality of life is largely a result of their interactions with those around them.”

Other areas that were included in the ranking were: health care, education, economy, opportunity, infrastructure, crime and corrections and fiscal stability.

Among those rules that the state of California has either enforced or looks to soon in hopes of improving their quality of life ranking are pet store and animal testing guidelines and a plastic bag ban.

California wants to ban pet stores from selling dogs, cats or rabbits that aren’t rescues, beginning in 2019. Pet stores will be required to get animals from “a public animal control agency or shelter, society for the prevention of cruelty to animals shelter, humane society shelter, or rescue group … that is in a cooperative agreement with at least one private or public shelter,” the Los Angeles Times reports.

Sen. Cathleen Galigiana of California wants the state to ban testing on animals as well, with the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act. It would become illegal for any cosmetic manufacturer to “knowingly import or sell any cosmetic, including personal hygiene products such as deodorant, shampoo or conditioner in California, if the final product or any component of the product was tested on animals after Jan. 1, 2020.”

California already banned single-use plastic bags in 2015 and hopes to ban cars with internal combustion engines in the future.

Those weighing in on social media with comments about California’s abysmal ranking weren’t so sure they agreed, with one person noting: “This is BS. Went on a visit south east and couldn’t wait to get back to CA. California is like heaven on earth” and another stating: “Could have fooled me. I was never happier than when I lived in California.”

Another person added: “Well, here’s the thing. I live in California and I admit, it’s getting harder for the average Joe. Thing is though, I really like living around Californians. And I don’t think I can find many of them in Iowa or New Hampshire. Point me to another place I can live amongst Californians and their creative dynamism, ambition and skill, I’ll move there.”

Another commenter, however, wasn’t all that impressed with the state, sharing: “Well, I’ve lived in San Diego, and it was okay, but I’ve found the people in the rest of the areas I visited rude and unwelcoming and would rather visit anywhere else…we couldn’t even find any highway rest areas. It’s like they don’t want you there…”

One commenter pointed out that the state might achieve a better ranking if different areas were considered, offering: “Just look at the data points chosen. Each will be worse in a larger city. Choose different metrics like, climate, job opportunity, diversity, food, active lifestyles and you’ll see different rankings.”