Poorest Cities In Connecticut For 2021


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 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the poorest places in Connecticut.

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.

Here are the ten poorest places in Connecticut for 2021:

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

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.

What's the poorst city in Connecticut? According to the facts, Hartford is the poorest place in Connecticut for 2021.

Rich people more your cup of tea? Feel free to check out the best 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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The 10 Poorest Cities In Connecticut For 2021

1. Hartford

Hartford, CT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 123,088
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $36,278 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 12.0% (2nd highest)
Poverty Rate: 28.1% (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 123,088 people averages the lowest median household income in Connecticut and the 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.

2. New Haven

New Haven, CT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 130,331
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $42,222 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.0% (6th highest)
Poverty Rate: 26.5% (2nd highest)
More on New Haven:  Data | Photos

The second poorest city in Connecticut is New Haven.

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 6th highest in the Constitution State.

3. Waterbury

Waterbury, CT

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 108,276
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $42,401 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.6% (4th highest)
Poverty Rate: 23.4% (4th highest)
More on Waterbury:  Data | Photos

Placing as the third poorest city, Waterbury'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 23.381078591702853% 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.

4. Bridgeport

Bridgeport, CT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 145,639
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $46,662 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 12.5% (highest)
Poverty Rate: 21.8% (5th highest)
More on Bridgeport:  Data | Photos

Bridgeport ranks as the fourth poorest place in Connecticut.

The town ranks as having the 6th lowest median household income and the 5th 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.

5. New London

New London, CT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 26,966
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Median Income: $46,298 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.5% (7th highest)
Poverty Rate: 24.5% (3rd highest)
More on New London:  Data | Photos

The fifth poorest city in Connecticut is New London.

The city ranks as having the 4th 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 3rd highest in Connecticut.

Still not the best news for New London.

6. New Britain

New Britain, CT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 72,767
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $46,499 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.0% (8th highest)
Poverty Rate: 21.7% (6th highest)
More on New Britain:  Data | Photos

New Britain ranks as the sixth poorest place in the Constitution State.

It ranks as having the 6th highest incidence of poverty and the 8th highest unemployment rate.

7. Derby

Derby, CT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,485
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $56,357 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.4% (3rd highest)
Poverty Rate: 13.0% (10th highest)
More on Derby:  Data | Photos

Derby places as the seventh poorest city in Connecticut.

The city of over 12,485 ranks as having the 10th highest incidence of poverty in the state. However, it has a very low cost of living which helps to pay the bills each month.

8. Ansonia

Ansonia, CT

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 18,802
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Income: $54,901 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.3% (9th highest)
Poverty Rate: 13.7% (8th highest)
More on Ansonia:  Data | Photos

Ansonia 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.

9. Groton

Groton, CT

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 9,030
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $52,859 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.3% (14th highest)
Poverty Rate: 14.1% (7th highest)
More on Groton:  Data | Photos

Groton couldn't stay out of the top ten poorest places in Connecticut; it ranks number 9.

While the median income is the 7th lowest, there are a substantial number of people that live below the poverty line. Overall, Groton ranks as having the 7th most people living in poverty of all the places we analyzed in Connecticut.

10. Norwich

Norwich, CT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 39,260
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $57,052 (10th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.0% (10th highest)
Poverty Rate: 13.1% (9th highest)
More on Norwich:  Data | Photos

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

The city of 39,260 people ranks in the bottom 20% for both median income and poverty rate in the Constitution State.

How We Determined The Poorest Places In Connecticut for 2021

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 2015-2019 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 2021". You can download the data here.

There You Have It - The Poorest Places In Connecticut For 2021

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 123,088 28.1%
2 New Haven 130,331 26.5%
3 Waterbury 108,276 23.4%
4 Bridgeport 145,639 21.8%
5 New London 26,966 24.5%
6 New Britain 72,767 21.7%
7 Derby 12,485 13.0%
8 Ansonia 18,802 13.7%
9 Groton 9,030 14.1%
10 Norwich 39,260 13.1%
11 West Haven 54,763 11.8%
12 Meriden 59,676 10.4%
13 Middletown 46,511 12.0%
14 Torrington 34,489 10.3%
15 Danbury 84,619 11.5%
16 Norwalk 88,599 10.1%
17 Naugatuck 31,347 7.9%
18 Bristol 60,218 10.1%
19 Stamford 129,309 9.2%
20 Shelton 41,141 5.1%
21 Milford 52,732 4.7%

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