If I were a betting man, I would put money on most people saying, “no.”
For all of Connecticut’s positive features, the stories that grab headline after headline are the ones that focus on the negatives. The areas of high crime, the statewide economic difficulties, the inept government, the high taxes, and more are what most Connecticut residents focus on week in and week out.
But today, we get a little light in all of that darkness thanks to the often-click-bait-y and rarely-scientific 24/7 Wall St. According to the Hartford Courant, 24/7 Wall St. tabulated the best states to live in based on things like crime and safety, education, poverty, and health.
And how did we fare? Take a look:
10th lowest population growth over the last 10 years
19th highest unemployment rate in October of 2016
6th lowest poverty rate
2nd highest life expectancy
One of the lowest violent crime rates
5th highest median household income
Add all of that up and, according to 24/7 Wall St., Connecticut is the 2nd best state in the country. The only state to beat us? Our neighbors to the north, Massachusetts.
First and foremost, things like these are always relative. If low taxes and low cost of living are high on your priority list, you’re probably going to disagree with this ranking. If quality of schools, health care, and natural beauty top your list, you might be nodding your head upon reading how we were ranked.
Either way, it’s nice to see Connecticut grabbing a good headline once in a while. Tomorrow we may get back to taxes and sadness, but for today, our state is America’s silver medalist.