Flyover states have cheap energy, because it's the only way they can attract businesses. There's only one problem... nobody wants to live there.
Right now I am doing a short term contract in Salt Lake City for a high tech manufacturing firm. When I got here I bought "60 hikes within 60 miles of Salt Lake City" and have been hitting the trails every weekend - and the majority of the hikes are within 30 minutes of where I live.. The place abounds with hiking, mountain biking and horse trails covering terrain from desert to 10,000 foot peaks. When winter hits this will all turn to skiing and snowmobiling. If none of that fitness stuff is what you like, I have heard machine guns being fired at local gun ranges. Or if not that .. there is a variety of arts as well - the Book of Mormon was playing here a few weeks ago, but unfortunately I missed it. So there is plenty of things to do for all sorts of people.
The downside to UT is of course the confluence of politics and religion. As an example you can only buy wine at state run ABC shops, and the beer you can buy at the supermarkets is not very strong. And the state does have a strong conservative streak. On the other hand there is a bit of public art down town showing a flying saucer with a human dressed as a Mormon missionary standing behind the alien flying the ship - so some people have a decent sense of humor.