With 17 state capitals being the most populated cities in their states, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2023’s Best State Capitals for Safety & More, and Annapolis comes in at #17. To identify the most livable seats of state government, WalletHub compared all 50 state capitals across 49 key metrics, ranging from the cost of living to K–12 school-system quality to the share of residents who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
|Top 20 State Capitals|
|1. Austin, TX||11. Nashville, TN|
|2. Raleigh, NC||12. Oklahoma City, OK|
|3. Madison, WI||13. Des Moines, IA|
|4. Boise, ID||14. Helena, MT|
|5. Lincoln, NE||15. St. Paul, MN|
|6. Salt Lake City, UT||16. Olympia, WA|
|7. Concord, NH||17. Bismarck, ND|
|8. Denver, CO||18. Annapolis, MD|
|9. Atlanta, GA||19. Cheyenne, WY|
|10. Columbus, OH||20. Santa Fe, NM|
Best vs. Worst
- Concord, New Hampshire, has the lowest violent-crime rate per 1,000 residents, 1.92, which is 9.6 times lower than in Little Rock, Arkansas, the city with the highest at 18.50.
- Raleigh, North Carolina, has the highest median household income (adjusted for cost of living), $75,048, which is 2.3 times higher than in Hartford, Connecticut, the city with the lowest at $33,078.
- Montpelier, Vermont, has the highest share of adults age 25 and older with at least a bachelor’s degree, 61.20 percent, which is 4.3 times higher than in Trenton, New Jersey, the city with the lowest at 14.20 percent.
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