February 24, 2017
Is a state capital a great place in which to live? Personal finance website WalletHub sought an answer to that question in its 2017’s Best State Capitals to Live in survey.
The findings reveal that the most livable seats of state government were Austin, TX, followed by Boise, ID, and Bismarck, ND. WalletHub compared 50 state capitals in 42 key metrics, ranging from cost of living, to K–12 school-system quality, to number of attractions.
Other key findings included:
- Juneau, AK has the highest median household income (adjusted for cost of living), $66,009, 2.6 times higher than Hartford, CT, the lowest at $25,065.
- Concord, NH has the lowest unemployment rate, 2.0%, 3.6 times lower than in Hartford, CT, the highest at 7.1%.
- Providence, RI has the lowest share of state- and local-government employees, 8.3%, 4.7 times lower than in Juneau, AK, the highest at 38.8%.
- Indianapolis has the highest K–12 school-system quality score, five times higher than in Trenton, NJ, the lowest.
- Montpelier, VT has the highest share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree, 55.6%, 5.1 times higher than in Trenton, NJ, the lowest at 11.0%.
- Harrisburg, PA has the most restaurants per 100,000 residents, which is 7.6 times more than in Indianapolis, the fewest.
- Denver has the highest share of millennial newcomers, 8.0%, 2.4 times higher than in Jackson, MS, the lowest at 3.4%.
- Bismarck, ND has the lowest violent-crime rate per 1,000 residents, 1.47%, 10.1 times lower than in Little Rock, AK, the highest at 14.85%.