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Study: Nebraska 17th best state based on socioeconomic factors

(24/7 Wall Street) -- Financial website has ranked Nebraska as the 17th best state in which to live. The website reviewed three statewide social and economic measures -- poverty rate, educational attainment and life expectancy at birth -- to rank each state's living conditions. Nebraska had the 8th lowest jobless rate, at 3.3%, and a relatively low poverty rate at 12.6%. The article notes, "The typical Nebraska household earns roughly $55,000 annually," and the "lower cost of living more than offsets lower incomes." The study also pointed out that Nebraska's strong job market helps reduce poverty. Nebraska's 30.2% bachelor's degree attainment rate "is roughly in line with the average college attainment rate nationwide and partially explains the state's level of prosperity."