From WalletHub

With only 17 state capitals being also the largest cities in their respective states but not necessarily offering the best quality of life, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis to determine 2017′s Best State Capitals to Live in.

To identify the most livable seats of state government, WalletHub’s data team compared all 50 across 42 key metrics, ranging from “cost of living” to “K–12 school-system quality” to “number of attractions.”

Top 20 State Capitals to Live in
1 Austin, TX 11 Denver, CO
2 Boise, ID 12 Juneau, AK
3 Bismarck, ND 13 Olympia, WA
4 Lincoln, NE 14 Pierre, SD
5 Madison, WI 15 Columbus, OH
6 Montpelier, VT 16 Des Moines, IA
7 Concord, NH 17 Helena, MT
8 Raleigh, NC 18 Nashville, TN
9 Salt Lake City, UT 19 St. Paul, MN
10 Cheyenne, WY 20 Springfield, IL

Best vs. Worst

  • Juneau, Alaska, has the highest median household income (adjusted for cost of living), $66,009, which is 2.6 times higher than in Hartford, Conn., the city with the lowest at $25,065.
  • Concord, N.H., has the lowest unemployment rate, 2.0 percent, which is 3.6 times lower than in Hartford, Conn., the city with the highest at 7.1 percent.
  • Providence, R.I., has the lowest share of state- and local-government employees, 8.3 percent, which is 4.7 times lower than in Juneau, Alaska, the city with the highest at 38.8 percent.
  • Indianapolis has the highest K–12 school-system quality score, which is five times higher than in Trenton, N.J., the city with the lowest.
  • Montpelier, Vt., has the highest share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree, 55.6 percent, which is 5.1 times higher than in Trenton, N.J., the city with the lowest at 11.0 percent.
  • Austin, Texas, has the lowest infant-mortality rate, 4.05 percent, which is 3.3 times lower than in Baton Rouge, La., the city with the highest at 13.36 percent.
  • Harrisburg, Pa., has the most restaurants per 100,000 residents, which is 7.6 times more than in Indianapolis, the city with the fewest.
  • Denver has the highest share of millennial newcomers, 8.0 percent, which is 2.4 times higher than in Jackson, Miss., the city with the lowest at 3.4 percent.
  • Bismarck, N.D., has the lowest violent-crime rate per 1,000 residents, 1.47 percent, which is 10.1 times lower than in Little Rock, Ark., the city with the highest at 14.85 percent.

To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/best-state-capitals/19030/

 

POSTED: 02/22/17 at 4:25 pm. FILED UNDER: Business, News