Rankings 2014

connecticut

Education:

7th

Economy:

41st

Safety:

16th

Environment:

24th

Health:

8th

Infrastructure:

43rd

Government:

23rd

Results Champion?: NO

Connecticut, like many states in New England, excels in education and public health. Higher education measures are particularly good. It holds the 8th and 3rd ranking in 4-year degrees and professional degrees, respectively. The state also leads most states in elementary math and SAT and ACT testing. Connecticut has the 3rd lowest cost of healthcare, and as a result, has the 4th best rate of uninsured citizens.

Connecticut’s infrastructure is in the bottom 10 of any states. In terms of the economy Connecticut ranks 41st. Among the measures that hurt the state economic measures include low business competitiveness and high income inequality. Connecticut also has the lowest growth rate of any state in the union. The state also has high taxes and ranks poorly in funding of pension liabilities.

Recommendations
The state has exceptional outcomes for education and healthcare. Now it is time for Connecticut to focus on the economy and it’s transportation infrastructure. Improving a stagnant growth rate through lower taxes and policies that encourage business innovation would go a long way to alleviate the state’s bottom-ranking economic measures. Since the state is 4th least dependent state in the union on federal dollars, applying for grants-in-aid to improve the infrastructure would be another wise option.