Veteran California journalist Daniel Weintraub presents his annual assessment of quality of life in California. He looks at a handful of measures of his own choosing — from income to infant mortality to air quality. It’s a “mixed picture,” he writes.

Today I present my annual California Quality of Life Index, an unscientific, imprecise, but I hope interesting statistical glimpse at life in California. I have chosen 13 statistical measures from the dozens or hundreds that could be used to assess the health, welfare, education and economic vitality of Californians.

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Lisa Aliferis

Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing stories and editing them for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis

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