Is Connecticut the Best State Now?

The results of the American Human Development Index are out, ranking each state on livability by taking into account wealth, health, and education. This year, Connecticut edged out Massachusetts as the best overall state to live in.

* In terms of the overall index—a measure of how well states are “improving people’s well-being and expanding their freedoms and opportunities”—Connecticut and Massachusetts are followed by New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and Maryland.

* The bottom five states are Alabama, Kentucky, West Virginia, Arkansas, and Mississippi.

The report also has some interesting data, if you compare states that score closely to each other on one value, such as wealth, but very differently on others. Read the highlights at Slate. Link

Explore each state's results in an interactive map. Link

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