There are lots of people who throw the term ‘ghetto’ around. But where is the actual ghetto in Connecticut?
How do you decide if a place is ghetto or not? You ask the internet. According to the Urban Dictionary, a ghetto is defined as:
‘urban; of or relating to (inner) city life’ and ‘poor; of or relating to the poor life.’
Using that criteria, it’s not hard to scrape the internet, run some scientific data on where ghettos might exist in a state, and then put out a list.
After analyzing all cities with a decent amount of people in them, we came up with this list as the most ghetto places in Connecticut:
- Derby (Photos)
- New London (Photos)
- Ansonia (Photos)
- New Britain (Photos)
- Hartford (Photos)
- West Haven (Photos)
- Groton (Photos)
- New Haven (Photos)
- Naugatuck (Photos)
- Meriden (Photos)
Read on below to see where your home town ranked and why. Or, if this is not up your alley, read about the most redneck towns in Connecticut.
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What ghetto criteria did we use for Connecticut?
In order to rank the most ghetto places in Connecticut, we had to determine what criteria defines a ghetto city or neighborhood.
Since a ghetto is defined as a poor area, we used income levels, crime, and education levels as a guide to determine where the most broke citizens in the Constitution State live.
Additionally, the staples of inner city life include cheap and discounted retail outlets.
We started by making a list of every place in Connecticut with more than 5,000 people based on the 2010-2014 American Community Survey. That left us with over 21 places in Connecticut.
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using Google Place data and FBI crime data in addition to the census, this is the criteria we used:
- Household income levels
- % Of adults without a high school diploma
- Number of convenience stores
- Number of drug stores
- Number of discount stores
Note: For the sake of getting reliable numbers, we counted places within a 10 mile radius of a city’s center.
All of these results are listed in a per capita basis. Meaning number of stores per person in a city. Additionally, high school graduation rates are determined by looking at the total number of people who live in a city, not the current graduation rate of an area’s high schools.
Population: 12,837Median Income: $52,136
Drug Stores: 32
Discount Stores: 31
2. New London
Population: 27,536Median Income: $41,230
Drug Stores: 12
Discount Stores: 11
Population: 19,128Median Income: $43,144
Drug Stores: 34
Discount Stores: 30
4. New Britain
Population: 73,095Median Income: $40,515
Drug Stores: 36
Discount Stores: 34
Population: 125,211Median Income: $29,313
Drug Stores: 31
Discount Stores: 37
6. West Haven
Population: 55,290Median Income: $49,993
Drug Stores: 47
Discount Stores: 36
Population: 9,348Median Income: $51,475
Drug Stores: 11
Discount Stores: 11
8. New Haven
Population: 130,553Median Income: $37,508
Drug Stores: 35
Discount Stores: 32
Population: 31,790Median Income: $58,641
Drug Stores: 31
Discount Stores: 16
Population: 60,616Median Income: $53,401
Drug Stores: 26
Discount Stores: 24
There You Have It
If you’re measuring the locations in Connecticut where there are a high number of poor and uneducated residents, and where there are a high number of discounted shopping stores, this is an accurate list.
Additionally, here are the least ghetto places in Connecticut:
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Detailed List Of The Most Ghetto Cities In Connecticut