Sites readers say Mass. isn’t the second best state to live in — but for different reasons

South Boston and the Boston skyline as seen from the Quincy shore in January 2019. David L Ryan/Globe Staff

It seems that WalletHub’s ranking of New Jersey and Massachusetts as the No. 1 and No. 2 states in which to live, respectively, is one of those things that make you go “Hmmm …” At least as far as readers are concerned.

In other words, they aren’t buying it.

“Vermont is better than both NJ and Massachusetts, as is Maine and NH,” replied one reader, while another elaborated further: “If you love high taxes, bloated unions, terrible roads and bridges, out-of-control social services, oh, and throw in cold winters, on top of lousy politics and lockdowns, then yes, for sure, these two states are for you.”

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