WalletHub ranks best, worst state capitals; Boston near bottom

Boston is used to being at the top of the "best of" lists – but according to one site, when it comes to state capitals, the Bay State’s capital city is actually in the back of the pack.

According to WalletHub’s "2016 Best & Worst State Capitals," Boston ranks 41st out of 50. The list combines affordability, economy, education standards, and quality of life. WalletHub used 35 metrics from schools to attractions to rank each city.

Boston’s "State Capital Index" was 47.54, brought down in large part by its affordability rank – Boston is the 48th-most affordable capital city in the country. Only Hartford and Honolulu were less affordable.

Aside from affordability, however, Boston didn’t fare as poorly as its rankings suggest. Boston ranked 7th in "Education & Health" and was 16th in both "Economic Well-Being" and "Quality of Life."

The best cities in the nation were Austin, Texas; Lincoln, Nebraska; Bismark, North Dakota; Madison, Wisconsin; and Raleigh, North Carolina.

Other New England state capitals didn’t fare so well. Hartford was rated as the nation’s worst state capital by WalletHub’s standards. Providence, Rhode Island was 46th.

Augusta, Maine was 31st; Concord, NH was right in the middle at 25th. Only Montpelier, Vermont was highly rated at 7th.

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