Rival surveys offer different views of CT life

By Phil Hall

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Is Connecticut a good place to call home? It depends which information source you consult.

Over at 24/7 Wall St., Connecticut places second in a new survey of the states offering the best quality of life. This survey reviewed the local poverty rate, educational attainment and life expectancy at birth to determine each state’s living conditions – and Connecticut’s wealthier communities helped tip the scale to a high ranking that was second only to neighboring Massachusetts.

“Quality of life in the United States is heavily dependent on financial status,” the 24/7 Wall St. report said. “As a consequence, the nation’s best states to live in often report very high incomes. With a median household income of $71,346 a year, fifth highest of all states, Connecticut is the second best state to live in and an especially good example of this pattern.”

But all of that money laying around can create problems, as witnessed in a WalletHub study that placed Connecticut among the top 10 states that were vulnerable to identity theft and fraud. Connecticut tied with the District of Columbia, Florida and Missouri for the most identity theft complaints per capita.

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Phil Hall
Phil Hall is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News, the author of seven books, the host of the SoundCloud podcast "The Online Movie Show" and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News and Wired.

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