These Are The 10 Most Ghetto Cities In Connecticut For 2018


We looked at years of science and data to determine which places in CT are really ghetto.

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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:

  1. Derby (Photos)
  2. New London (Photos)
  3. Ansonia (Photos)
  4. New Britain (Photos)
  5. Hartford (Photos)
  6. West Haven (Photos)
  7. Groton (Photos)
  8. New Haven (Photos)
  9. Naugatuck (Photos)
  10. 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
  • Crime

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.

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1. Derby

Derby, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,837
Median Income: $52,136
Drug Stores: 32
Discount Stores: 31

2. New London

New London, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,536
Median Income: $41,230
Drug Stores: 12
Discount Stores: 11

3. Ansonia

Ansonia, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,128
Median Income: $43,144
Drug Stores: 34
Discount Stores: 30

4. New Britain

New Britain, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 73,095
Median Income: $40,515
Drug Stores: 36
Discount Stores: 34

5. Hartford

Hartford, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 125,211
Median Income: $29,313
Drug Stores: 31
Discount Stores: 37

6. West Haven

West Haven, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 55,290
Median Income: $49,993
Drug Stores: 47
Discount Stores: 36

7. Groton

Groton, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,348
Median Income: $51,475
Drug Stores: 11
Discount Stores: 11

8. New Haven

New Haven, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 130,553
Median Income: $37,508
Drug Stores: 35
Discount Stores: 32

9. Naugatuck

Naugatuck, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,790
Median Income: $58,641
Drug Stores: 31
Discount Stores: 16

10. Meriden

Meriden, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 60,616
Median 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:

  1. Stamford
  2. Norwalk
  3. Danbury

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Detailed List Of The Most Ghetto Cities In Connecticut

City Rank Population Median Income Drug Stores Discount Stores
Derby 1 12,837 $52,136 32 31
New London 2 27,536 $41,230 12 11
Ansonia 3 19,128 $43,144 34 30
New Britain 4 73,095 $40,515 36 34
Hartford 5 125,211 $29,313 31 37
West Haven 6 55,290 $49,993 47 36
Groton 7 9,348 $51,475 11 11
New Haven 8 130,553 $37,508 35 32
Naugatuck 9 31,790 $58,641 31 16
Meriden 10 60,616 $53,401 26 24
Waterbury 11 109,887 $41,136 22 22
Milford 12 51,509 $80,793 44 34
Bridgeport 13 146,680 $41,204 30 21
Norwich 14 40,378 $49,695 9 6
Bristol 15 60,556 $60,208 27 20
Shelton 16 40,472 $88,369 23 31
Middletown 17 47,424 $61,373 20 18
Torrington 18 35,774 $55,460 9 4
Danbury 19 82,781 $65,981 24 13
Norwalk 20 87,214 $76,051 19 4
Stamford 21 125,401 $77,221 24 7

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