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Where Does CT Rank on U.S News’ “Best States”?

February 28, 2017 By Staff
Where Does CT Rank on U.S News’ “Best States”?

Connecticut ranks highly on some metrics and poorly on others. Find out where U.S. News & World Report has our state in 2017.

U.S. News & World Report released its 2017 “Best States” ranking on Tuesday. Connecticut had a mixed showing in the annual rankings.

Overall, Connecticut is #12; however, it’s only fourth of the six New England states, ranking behind Massachusetts (#1), New Hampshire (#2), and Vermont (#10.)

What lifted Connecticut to #12? Its education system (#4 – though that may change if Malloy’s budget passes), and its low crime rate, according to U.S. News.

What dragged Connecticut down? The economy: the state’s economy ranked only #38 out of 50 states. That may be generous, though, as CNBC ranked Connecticut #43 in “Top States for Business” just last year.

Connecticut was also only #20 in “government” for U.S. News, good enough for middle of the pack. Some Connecticut residents may disagree with that high ranking, given Dan Malloy’s 64 percent disapproval rating.