YIKES: Hartford Ranked Second-Worst Capital City in AmericaFebruary 21, 2017
WalletHub's 2017 rankings of all 50 state capitals put Hartford at #49, just ahead of Jackson, Mississippi.
On Tuesday, financial group WalletHub released its 2017 ranking of state capitals across the U.S. Connecticut’s capital, Hartford, came it on second-to-last.
Hartford is 49th on the list, ranking just ahead of Jackson, Mississippi. It’s #49 for “affordability,” #45 for “economic well-being,” and #40 for “quality of life.”
Hartford also ranks low in affordable housing (#49), unemployment rate (last, or highest), and poverty rate (last, or highest).
WalletHub had previously ranked Connecticut #48 out of 50 states (and D.C.) in places to retire.
Hartford is facing massive budget deficits right now, and Mayor Luke Bronin (D-Hartford) is trying to convince the suburbs of Hartford to participate in a regional tax system.
Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) recently proposed big spending on Hartford – $250 million in XL Center upgrades. While a renovated XL Center could draw more fans, Malloy’s request comes at a time of severe budget challenges for the state.
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