These Are The 10 Poorest Cities In Connecticut For 2019


We used science and data to determine which places in Connecticut are basically dead broke.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the poorest places in Connecticut.

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Connecticut brings to mind images of Hartford, beautiful landscapes, and some of the best people you’ll find in the good ole US of A.

However, like all states, Connecticut has certain places that are going on hard times. These places have an above average percent of people that are living in poverty, out of work, or not making as much as they should be.

With all the talk about income inequality going on around the country, we thought it prudent to take a look at the places in each state that are struggling to make it even as the economy continues to improve. So we set our sites on bringing attention to the places in Connecticut that could use a helping hand.

To do so, we analyzed the newest Census data from the American Community Survey for the 21 places in Connecticut with more than 9,000 people.

We were left with this set of the ten poorest places in the Constitution State for 2019:

  1. Hartford (Photos)
  2. New London (Photos)
  3. New Haven (Photos)
  4. Waterbury (Photos)
  5. Bridgeport (Photos)
  6. Ansonia (Photos)
  7. New Britain (Photos)
  8. Norwich (Photos)
  9. West Haven (Photos)
  10. Derby (Photos)

Again, this isn’t a commentary on the people that live there or the vibrant culture and traditions of these places. Instead, it’s just a look at the facts.

And according to the facts, Hartford is the poorest place in Connecticut for 2019.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out the richest places in Connecticut or the most dangerous.

For more on how we calculated the top ten, and for more information about these places, read on.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the poorest states in America or the poorest cities in America.

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How We Determined The Poorest Places In Connecticut for 2019

The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the poorest places is to simply the poverty rate. That is, the number of people living below a federally established level of income for a household of a certain size.

However, we don’t think that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “poorest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2013-2017 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income adjusted for the cost of living
  • Unemployment Rate

The “median household income adjusted for the cost of living” attempts to gauge how expensive it is to live in a place and how that impacts the quality of life. For example, a town might have fewer people living below the official poverty line, but the cost of living is so high they’d still feel poor.

The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for improvement in the city or town. If more people are employed, the brighter the future looks and vice versa.

After we collected the data for all 21 places with more than 9,000 people in Connecticut, we ranked each place from 1 to 21 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the poorest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Poor Score” with the place having the lowest overall Poor Score, Hartford, crowned the “Poorest Place In Connecticut For 2019”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 21 places.

Hartford, CT

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Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Population: 124,390
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $33,841 (1st lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 16.0% (1st highest)
Poverty Rate: 30.5% (1st highest)
More on Hartford:  Data | Photos

Hartford, unfortunately, ranks as the poorest place in Connecticut thanks to combination of low pay and and a lack of jobs.

The city of 124,390 people averages the 1st lowest median household income in Connecticut and the 1st highest poverty rate. At the very least, the cost of living ranks in the bottom 15% of place in the state, so things like housing are relatively affordable.

New London, CT

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5
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Population: 27,147
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $37,331 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 12.2% (3rd highest)
Poverty Rate: 28.3% (2nd highest)
More on New London:  Data | Photos

The second poorest city in Connecticut is New London.

The city ranks as having the 2nd highest incidence of poverty and 2nd lowest median household income. However, the unemployment rate ‘only’ ranks as the 3rd highest in the Constitution State.

New Haven, CT

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5
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Population: 130,884
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $39,191 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.4% (6th highest)
Poverty Rate: 25.6% (3rd highest)
More on New Haven:  Data | Photos

Placing as the third poorest city, New Haven’s median income ranks as the 3rd lowest.

And that’s a sign that there’s a relatively substantial jump in the quality of the economy from second to third place on our list. The poverty rate is 25.6% and ranks near the bottom of places in the state.

But what makes up for the relatively low incomes of the city is its low cost of living. The income you do make here goes further than in most parts of the Constitution State.

Waterbury, CT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 109,250
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $40,879 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 12.1% (4th highest)
Poverty Rate: 24.3% (4th highest)
More on Waterbury:  Data | Photos

Waterbury ranks as the fourth poorest place in Connecticut.

The town ranks as having the 4th lowest median household income and the 4th highest incidence of poverty in the state.

That being said, there’s still a ton of cultural diversity in the city as it hosts many events throughout the year.

Bridgeport, CT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 147,586
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $44,841 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 13.8% (2nd highest)
Poverty Rate: 20.8% (6th highest)
More on Bridgeport:  Data | Photos

The fifth poorest city in Connecticut is Bridgeport.

The city ranks as having the 6th lowest median income in the state. However, an extremely low cost of living prevents a good number of folks from living in poverty as the poverty rate only ranks as the 6th highest in Connecticut.

Still not the best news for Bridgeport.

Ansonia, CT

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 18,953
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $45,563 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.4% (6th highest)
Poverty Rate: 18.6% (7th highest)
More on Ansonia:  Data | Photos

Ansonia ranks as the sixth poorest place in the Constitution State.

It ranks as having the 7th highest incidence of poverty and the 5th highest unemployment rate.

New Britain, CT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 73,069
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $43,611 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.7% (10th highest)
Poverty Rate: 22.7% (5th highest)
More on New Britain:  Data | Photos

New Britain places as the seventh poorest city in Connecticut.

The city of over 73,069 ranks as having the 5th highest incidence of poverty in the state. However, it has a very low cost of living which helps to pay the bills each month.

Norwich, CT

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 39,875
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $53,682 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.0% (9th highest)
Poverty Rate: 14.6% (9th highest)
More on Norwich:  Data | Photos

Norwich ranks as the eighth poorest city in Connecticut.

The big issue for the town is the unemployment rate which ranks as the 9th highest in the state.

West Haven, CT

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 55,044
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $55,299 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.2% (7th highest)
Poverty Rate: 13.2% (10th highest)
More on West Haven:  Data | Photos

West Haven couldn’t stay out of the top ten poorest places in Connecticut; it ranks number 9.

While the median income is the 9th lowest, there are a substantial number of people that live below the poverty line. Overall, West Haven ranks as having the 10th most people living in poverty of all the places we analyzed in Connecticut.

Derby, CT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,700
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $57,432 (12th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.9% (8th highest)
Poverty Rate: 11.4% (12th highest)
More on Derby:  Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten poorest cities in Connecticut is Derby.

The city of 12,700 people ranks in the bottom 20% for both median income and poverty rate in the Constitution State.

There You Have It – The Poorest Places In Connecticut For 2019

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the poorest places in Connecticut, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Connecticut.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very bottom of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the richest cities in Connecticut, according to data:

    Richest: Milford
    2nd Richest: Shelton
    3rd Richest: Stamford

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Detailed List Of The Poorest Places To Live In Connecticut

Rank City Population Poverty Rate
1 Hartford 124,390 30.5%
2 New London 27,147 28.3%
3 New Haven 130,884 25.6%
4 Waterbury 109,250 24.3%
5 Bridgeport 147,586 20.8%
6 Ansonia 18,953 18.6%
7 New Britain 73,069 22.7%
8 Norwich 39,875 14.6%
9 West Haven 55,044 13.2%
10 Derby 12,700 11.4%
11 Groton 9,184 14.9%
12 Naugatuck 31,649 10.0%
13 Meriden 60,241 10.8%
14 Danbury 84,573 11.6%
15 Torrington 35,078 9.8%
16 Middletown 46,747 11.3%
17 Bristol 60,498 10.4%
18 Norwalk 88,537 9.2%
19 Stamford 128,851 9.3%
20 Shelton 41,282 5.4%
21 Milford 52,331 6.1%

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