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An employee stocks cans of tobacco beside a display of Marlboro brand cigarettes inside a tobacco store in Nashville, TN.
With the fifth-highest violent-crime rate in the nation, the Volunteer State could still use some people to step up and start a neighborhood watch program. They might also want to volunteer for a smoking cessation program to help address the state’s alarmingly high rate of premature deaths. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for every 100,000 people in Tennessee, nearly 9,500 people die before the age of 75. That is more than 30 percent higher than the national rate. And with no statewide antidiscrimination protections based on marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, the state could stand to be more welcoming.
2018 Quality of Life score: 96 out of 300 points (Grade: F)
Weaknesses: Crime, health, lack of inclusiveness
Strengths: Attractions, air quality
2017 Quality of Life rank: 9th worst