A person's quality of life is largely tied to interactions with those around them, so social environment represents 50 percent of the weight in ranking the Best States for quality of life. Included in social environment are community engagement, social support and voter participation. Community engagement and social support are based on surveys of how often people participate in community events and how often they spend time with friends, family and work colleagues.
Political involvement was determined by evaluating average voter turnout at the 2016 congressional and presidential elections. Alaska, Montana and North Dakota – No. 1 for quality of life – top the rankings for social environment.