Most of these lists of best countries have the premise that the country where the government "gives" the most to the average citizen are the best countries. In short, the countries where the citizen is just a cog in the machinery are considered great places to live. Not for me, thank you very much.
RE: Because the U.S. is still the best place where an average person can realize their dreams and live their life without the heavy hand of government telling them when to breathe and when not to.
I guess it depends on which state you live in. Some states have less government intervention than others.
That was the genius of our founding fathers — They made STATE RIGHTS constitutionally STRONG. Whether we can keep it that way or not remains to be seen.