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Hartford, CT – [June 8, 2023] – Connecticut proudly emerges as a top contender in the 2023 U.S. News & World Report State Rankings, solidifying its position as a beacon of excellence and opportunity. The MetroHartford Alliance, the driving force behind the region’s economic development, celebrates Connecticut’s remarkable achievements, highlighting the positive impact these rankings have on our community and its citizens.

In the highly anticipated overall best states ranking, Connecticut secures an impressive position at #16, demonstrating its commitment to excellence across a broad spectrum of indicators. These accolades shed light on the immense progress and positive strides made within the state.

Connecticut’s exceptional performance in specific categories further underscores its dedication to fostering an environment conducive to success and wellbeing for its organizations and citizens. Among the rankings:

  • #1 in College Readiness: Connecticut’s emphasis on education is validated by its top-ranking in college readiness, which showcases the state’s commitment to equipping its students with the knowledge and skills needed for success in higher education and beyond.
  • #2 in Patents Granted: Connecticut’s unwavering commitment to innovation and intellectual property has fueled a thriving environment for creativity, resulting in an exceptional number of patents granted to individuals and organizations within the state.
  • #2 in Health Care Access: Connecticut’s residents enjoy exceptional access to quality healthcare services, with the state’s commitment to comprehensive and accessible healthcare garnering recognition on a national level.
  • #3 in Internet Access: Connecticut’s robust digital infrastructure and widespread access to the internet enable residents to leverage technology for educational, professional, and personal growth opportunities.
  • #4 in Health Care Affordability: The state’s dedication to ensuring healthcare affordability for its citizens is evident, positioning Connecticut as a leader in providing accessible and cost-effective healthcare solutions.
  • #4 in Growth of Young Professionals: Connecticut’s appeal to young professionals has experienced notable growth, as the state offers a thriving job market, vibrant communities, and a high quality of life, providing the ideal setting for young talent to flourish and shape the future.
  • #4 in Low Violent Crime: Connecticut’s focus on maintaining low violent crime rates reinforces its reputation as a safe place to live, work, and raise a family.
  • #5 in Top Company Headquarters: Connecticut continues to attract and nurture leading companies, with an impressive number of top-tier headquarters calling the state their home. This concentration of corporate power contributes significantly to the economic vitality and opportunities available to our residents.
  • #6 in Public Health: Connecticut’s commitment to public health initiatives and proactive measures has resulted in a strong public health system, prioritizing the wellbeing and longevity of its residents.
  • #6 in Hospital Quality: Connecticut’s healthcare institutions consistently deliver superior quality care, ranking the state among the top performers in hospital quality and patient outcomes.
  • #6 in Low Poverty: Connecticut’s commitment to reducing poverty levels highlights its dedication to social and economic equity, ensuring that all residents have the opportunity to thrive and succeed.
  • #7 in Educational Attainment: Connecticut citizens’ pursuit of additional education as an investment in their potential future success is underscored by the state’s high educational attainment ranking. This commitment to continuous learning enhances opportunities for professional growth and advancement.
  • #8 in Household Income: The state’s strong household income ranking reflects the economic opportunities and prosperity available to Connecticut’s residents, empowering them to achieve financial security and a high quality of life.
  • #9 in Public Safety: The state’s unwavering commitment to public safety contributes to its ranking among the top states, ensuring a secure and protected environment for Connecticut’s residents.
  • #10 in Labor Force Participation Rate: Connecticut’s strong labor force participation rate reflects the dedication and commitment of its citizens, emphasizing their work ethic, skills, and contribution to the state’s economic prosperity.


These exceptional rankings reaffirm Connecticut’s status as a leading state, brimming with opportunities and fostering an environment conducive to success and wellbeing. The MetroHartford Alliance stands proud of these accomplishments, recognizing their direct impact on the community and the lives of the Hartford region’s citizens.





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The MetroHartford Alliance collaborates with investors and partners to elevate the Hartford Region through economic development work, convening the community around shared challenges, and providing local chamber support.


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