Top five states for upward mobility

4. Vermont (79.4)

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    This file photo shows the Congregational Church sits at the top of Main Street in Middlebury, Vermont. The state has an exceptionally low crime rate and many primary-care providers, giving it a high "community" score.
    Melanie Stetson Freeman /The Christian Science Monitor/File
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Economy, 7; education, 6; community, 9. Low crime and many primary-care providers help explain its high "community" score.

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