Well, at this point we’ll take what we can get. As it turns out, our humble little state isn’t so bad. In fact, it’s downright mediocre! Bring out the participation trophies because we’re neither the best nor worst state to live in.
Darien Times reports that the latest U.S. News & World report ranked CT the 24th best state to live. So, if you want the silver lining, there’s only one thing we can say about it.
At least we didn’t make the bottom half, right?
Anyways, when we unpack this new study a little further, we find a mixture of good and not-so-promising news.
On the bright side: our education and health care rankings helped pushed us into the upper half of the list. The report named us 4th best state overall in terms of health care. For education, CT came 14th best.
Our crime and corrections ranking also helped us barely squeak past the halfway point. In terms of fairness of our state prison systems, we ranked 8th best overall.
Now, onto our not-so-great scores. When it came to our economy, we fell straight to 43rd place. Our infrastructure and fiscal stability both landed in 41st place.
In terms of quality of life, we’re 38th best. Opportunity-wise, we’re 29th best.
So, what does each key indicator measure? Opportunity measured the level of poverty in a state, along with housing affordability. The study also looked into equality, such as the gender pay gap. As previously reported on that, we didn’t do so hot.
As for economy, the survey not only studied our GDP growth, but our population retention as well. Again, two areas we definitely do not excel in. It’s a big surprise CT didn’t make the bottom 5 when it came to rating our economy.
So, which state reigned supreme in this roundup? Iowa, surprisingly, landed the top spot this year while Louisiana came dead last.
Iowa shined on a national level due to its strong education, health care, and infrastructure. Meanwhile, worst state Louisiana floundered this year due to coming last in opportunity, and also ranked poorly for education and health care.
What do you think of this study? Does U.S. News & World get it right or did they miss the mark completely?