Hartford, Conn.

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Hartford is the Connecticut state capital as well as the insurance capital of the nation, even though employment in that sector has declined over the decades. Its No. 19 position among the midsize cities is due in large part to relatively favorable demographics, which are matched by relatively high rents. Hartford’s proximity to New York City shapes its quality of life. For example, the city’s renowned Hartford Stage theater, one of the nation’s premier regional companies, provides students with local cultural offerings. Or, they can travel to Broadway, only two-and-a-half hours away.

#19 Hartford, Conn.

POPULATION: 1,213,671
STUDENTS: 97,560
RANKING DETAIL:
#5 COLLEGE EDUCATED
#12 DIVERSITY

Quality of life

#12 CITY ACCESS
#18 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
#20 BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Economics

#15 YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
#2 LABOR FORCE
#7 INNOVATION
#18 RENT

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