Top five states for upward mobility

2. Minnesota (81.21)

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    This file photo shows wild rice growing along the banks of Upper Whitefish Lake in Pine River, Minn. Minnesota boasts a low crime rate, about half the national average.
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Economy, 7; education, 8; community, 9. Low crime (about half the national average) and high volunteerism (10 percentage points higher than US average) boost its "community" score.

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