Ladies and gentlemen, expect a new license plate slogan to roll out shortly; a recent ranking reveals the most livable states of the future. Congratulations, Utah -- you’re number one!

Results of the Gallup-Healthways Wellbeing index, released Tuesday (Aug. 8), ranks states based on an average of scores from "future livability" metrics, or the 13 different questions asked to a random sample of Americans to predict the future livability of their state. Among the metrics, many covered healthy living, such as accessibility of clean and safe water, availability of a safe place to work out, obesity rates and state smoking habits.

Another metric, the "Standard of Living Optimism," allotted states a better ranking when participants reported their standard of living as improving -- that they saw their life as getting better in their state in the next five years. Yet another metric, "Daily Learning," prompted survey respondents to consider whether they were learning something new and interesting each day. Measures of education, job creation, employment standards and economy were also incorporated into the rankings.

The best-ranked states were those that received the lowest score. Utah received its number-one ranking of 7.5 in part because it was among the two best-performing states for low smoking habits, accessibility of clean and safe waters and perceptions that the area is improving.

While Utah raises its figurative trophy high in the west, many southern states crowd the bottom 10 list, with West Virginia ranked as the worst state to live in. This state received the worst markings in five of the 13 livability metrics, including learning new and interesting things daily, smoking habits and accessibility of a safe place to exercise.

Gallup collected this data based on phone interviews conducted as part of Gallup Daily Tracking/The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index Survey from January 2011 through June 2012. A random sample of 531,154 adults was surveyed across all 50 states.

So, did your state make it in the top 10 best states for future livibility? Or does it need some improvement? Scroll through and let us know why you think your residence did or didn’t make the cut.

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  • Best State To Live In #10: Maryland

    This state scored an average rank of 18.5 in the 13 future livability metrics.

  • Best State To Live In #9: South Dakota

    This state scored an average rank of 18.1 in the 13 future livability metrics.

  • Best State To Live In #8: Hawaii

    This state scored an average rank of 17.5 in the 13 future livability metrics. Hawaii was the best performing state in the standard of living metric, where residents reported the standard of living as improving.

  • Best State To Live In #7: Iowa

    This state scored an average rank of 17.5 in the 13 future livability metrics.

  • Best State To Live In #6: Virginia

    This state scored an average rank of 16.8 in the 13 future livability metrics.

  • Best State To Live In #5: North Dakota

    This state scored an average rank of 14.5 in the 13 future livability metrics. North Dakota performed best among the metrics dealing with employment, including the job creation index (where employees reported more hiring than firing) and rates of full-time employment.

  • Best State To Live In #4: Nebraska

    This state scored an average rank of 13.7 in the 13 future livability metrics.

  • Best State To Live In #3: Colorado

    This state scored an average rank of 12.8 in the 13 future livability metrics. Colorado performed best in the obesity metric, with the lowest predicted future obesity rates.

  • Best State To Live In #2: Minnesota

    This state scored an average rank of 10.5 in the 13 future livability metrics. Minnesota performed best in the economic confidence index (where residents are optimistic about where their state's economy is headed) and had the greatest accessibility to safe places to exercise.

  • Best State To Live In #1: Utah

    This state scored an average rank of 7.5 in the 13 future livability metrics. Utah stole the show with the best performance in low smoking habits, accessibility to clean water and supervisor relationships, where employees reported being treated well by their superiors at work.

  • Worst State To Live In #10: Delaware

    This state scored an average rank of 32.5 in the 13 future livability metrics.

  • Worst State To Live In #9: Ohio

    This state scored an average rank of 32.7 in the 13 future livability metrics.

  • Worst State To Live In #8: Louisiana

    This state scored an average rank of 33.3 in the 13 future livability metrics.

  • Worst State To Live In #7: Alabama

    This state scored an average rank of 33.5 in the 13 future livability metrics.

  • Worst State To Live In #6: Florida

    This state scored an average rank of 33.9 in the 13 future livability metrics.

  • Worst State To Live In #5: Arkansas

    This state scored an average rank of 33.9 in the 13 future livability metrics.

  • Worst State To Libe In #4: Nevada

    This state scored an average rank of 34.5 in the 13 future livability metrics. Nevada performed most poorly in the city optimism metric, in which residents reported seeing their city as becoming a worse place to live in the future.

  • Worst State To Live In #3: Kentucky

    This state scored an average rank of 36.7 in the 13 future livability metrics.

  • Worst State To Live In #2: Mississippi

    This state scored an average rank of 37.8 in the 13 future livability metrics. Mississipi scored lowest among several employment metrics (supervisor relationship and full-time employment), as well as the dentist visit metric, which is connected to poor oral health.

  • Worst State To Live In #1: West Virginia

    This state scored an average rank of 43.4 in the 13 future livability metrics. West Virginia scored lowest in several categories, including the daily learning, smoking, obesity and easy access to a safe place to exercise metrics.

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CORRECTION: A previous headline on this article incorrectly stated that the ranking is of cities, not states. It has been corrected to reflect that change.