AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- San Jose, CA -- the anchor of Silicon Valley -- tops LawnStarter's 2015 Quality of Life Index for America's largest cities, while North Dakota comes in first on the index for the 50 states.
The index is based on six quality-of-life factors analyzed by LawnStarter and borrowed from The Economist -- GDP (economic output) per capita, average life expectancy, divorce rate, unemployment rate, geographic location (latitude) and male-female income equality. The Economist considers these factors to be good barometers for quality of life.
"We want people who live in the top-ranked cities and states to view the LawnStarter index as a point of pride, and people considering a move to use the LawnStarter index in helping make their relocation decisions," says Ryan Farley, co-founder, chief operating officer and chief economic analyst at LawnStarter.
Here are the 10 large cities that ranked the highest on LawnStarter's 2015 Quality of Life Index:
1. San Jose, CA
2. Arlington, VA
3. Fremont, CA
4. Plano, TX
5. San Francisco, CA
6. Irvine, CA
7. Seattle, WA
8. Honolulu, HI
9. Washington, DC
10. Madison, WI
To view the full list of cities on the LawnStarter index, visit https://www.lawnstarter.com/quality-of-life/cities.
On LawnStarter's index, San Jose scores first for life expectancy, second for GDP per capita and eighth for divorce rate.
Here are the 10 states that ranked the highest on LawnStarter's 2015 Quality of Life Index:
1. North Dakota
3. New York
7. New Jersey
On LawnStarter's index, four ranking factors contributed to North Dakota's No. 1 position: GDP per capita, life expectancy, unemployment rate and divorce rate.
To see how all 50 states fared on the LawnStarter index, visit www.lawnstarter.com/quality-of-life.
Austin, Texas-based LawnStarter, founded in 2013, takes the hassle out of lawn care by connecting homeowners with lawn care professionals around the country. LawnStarter already operates in Austin, TX; Orlando, FL; and Washington, DC. Plans are underway to add markets such as Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, TX; Charlotte, NC; and Jacksonville, FL.
For more information, visit www.lawnstarter.com.