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Report ranks CT as 1 of best states to live in

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The report by 24/7 Wall Street found Connecticut to be the second best state to live in. (WFSB file photo) The report by 24/7 Wall Street found Connecticut to be the second best state to live in. (WFSB file photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Connecticut just ranked in America's best states to live in, according to a study by a news website.

The report by 24/7 Wall Street found Connecticut to be the second best state to live in. 

The ranking was met with mixed reviews. Some agreed with the high praise for Connecticut while others disagreed with the findings. One of those people happy with the results was Gov. Dannel Malloy.

"This demonstrates what we all know to be true: Connecticut is a great place to live. Our state is home to some of the best schools in the nation, a crime rate that has fallen faster than any state in the nation and an unmatched quality of life — all of which separate Connecticut from the rest of the pack. We're proud to have made extraordinary investments to help make this happen and bolster what is an exceptional quality of life for our kids and our families," the governor said in a statement to Eyewitness News on Wednesday. 

The study by the website 24/7 Wall Street said the nation's best states to live in often report very high incomes. Connecticut was a good example of that with a median household income of about $71,000 a year.

Like the vast majority of states on the higher end of the list, Connecticut was also relatively safe. Some more statistics from the study included the following: 

  • 10th lowest in ten-year population growth
  • Connecticut's October unemployment rate was about 5 percent.
  • state's poverty rate is the sixth lowest in the country and life expectancy at birth is the 2nd highest.

Connecticut residents reacted to the ranking. 

"The variety, the diversity, the opportunities and I just bought a couple things here at the mall, so it's a great place to live," Nancy D'Oench, of Portland, said. 

"I patently disagree with that," Michael Hope, of Seymour, said. "Second best place to live in the United States? I think it may be on the other opposite spectrum."

Massachusetts was ranked number one. The rest of the top five were New Hampshire, Minnesota and New Jersey.

To see a slideshow of the top ten states, click here

To see the complete study, click here.

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