Malloy Touts Connecticut's Place On U.S. News & World Report State Ranking

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is all excited about a just released U.S. News and World Report that ranks Connecticut No. 12 among the 50 states in terms of its standing in categories like health, education, crime, the economy and government.

Massachusetts came in first, according to the magazine, followed by New Hampshire, Minnesota, North Dakota and Washington in the top five. At the very bottom of the listing are New Mexico, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, with Louisiana coming in dead last.

In New England, Connecticut was listed below Vermont (at the No. 10 spot) but ahead of Maine (No. 18) and Rhode Island (No. 21). New York was ranked 17th in the nation.

Malloy noted that the magazine’s ranking system gave Connecticut high marks in categories that included gender equality, educational attainment, college readiness, and state integrity.

“Connecticut is a great place to put down roots, raise a family, and grow a business – but our government must always be working to make it even better,” Malloy said in a statement.

“We have much more work ahead,” said Malloy, whose administration is now working to avoid a $1.7 billion state deficit next year, “but there is no denying the real progress taking place already.”

In the magazine’s seven most important categories, Connecticut ranked 4th in education and 8th in the country for “crime and corrections.”

But Connecticut’s economic ranking was 38th, while it came in 26th among all the states in terms of infrastructure and 20th in the government category.

In comparison, overall-leader Massachusetts scored No. 1 in education, No. 2 in health care, No. 5 in the economy and No. 7 in the crime and corrections list.   

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