America's Best States To Live - Forbes.com
These guys put Texas at 21 in overall quality of life. Respectable, but my horrible socialist state of Minnesota made #5. Then again, Utah made #1 so who knows what the hell's going on there. Brainwashed people are "satisfied," right?
Point is, your anecdote really isn't worth any more than mine. Minnesota is awesome I can't believe I moved to New York for so long. So glad to be back!