These Are The 10 Worst Hartford Suburbs

We used science and data to determine which Hartford suburbs are the pits.

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Hartford conjures up images of tons of things to do, quality people, and a bustling economy. The region consistently ranks as one of the best places to live across the country.

But not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Hartford.

So the question arises, do the suburbs maintain a semblance of the larger-than-life appeal of their more famous neighbor?

Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Hartford ‘burbs need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Hartford area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the suburbs to live up to Hartford proper, although West Simsbury certainly tries.

We examined the 21 biggest suburbs of Hartford to find out the worst places to live. And while you won’t find them on the worst places to live in Connecticut, these ten places are a little too far downwind of Hartford in terms of quality of life:

  1. Blue Hills
  2. East Hartford
  3. New Britain
  4. Portland
  5. Manchester
  6. Bristol
  7. Middletown
  8. Storrs
  9. Rockville
  10. Terryville

Read on to see how we determined the places around Hartford that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger. And once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of worst to best.


How we determined the worst Hartford ‘burbs

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things. We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the Census’s most recent 2010-2014 American Community Survey, this is the criteria we used:

  • Low unemployment (Less jobs)
  • Low median income (Less pay)
  • Low population density (No things to do)
  • Low home values (No one’s willing to pay to live here)
  • High number of high school drop outs

Then, we ranked each place that have over 5,000 people around Hartford for each of these criteria from worst to best.

The place with the lowest average rankings for these criteria ranks as the worst suburb of Hartford.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Hartford to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 21 suburbs ranked from worst to best.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased. Snarkiness incorporated for entertainment purposes only. Hold on to your pants.

1. Blue Hills

Blue Hills, CT

Source: Google Maps

Population: 2,735
Median Income: $58,750
Median Home Value: $160,300

2. East Hartford

East Hartford, CT

Source: Waterbury Girl

Population: 51,211
Median Income: $50,355
Median Home Value: $169,900

3. New Britain

New Britain, CT

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 73,095
Median Income: $40,515
Median Home Value: $162,100

4. Portland

Portland, CT

Source: Google Maps

Population: 5,634
Median Income: $69,907
Median Home Value: $233,200

5. Manchester

Manchester, CT

Source: Google Maps

Population: 30,621
Median Income: $54,364
Median Home Value: $174,100

6. Bristol

Bristol, CT

Source: Google Maps

Population: 60,556
Median Income: $60,208
Median Home Value: $199,000

7. Middletown

Middletown, CT

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,424
Median Income: $61,373
Median Home Value: $231,700

8. Storrs

Storrs, CT

Source: Google Maps

Population: 15,374
Median Income: $31,925
Median Home Value: $229,900

9. Rockville

Rockville, CT

Source: Google Maps

Population: 7,348
Median Income: $36,790
Median Home Value: $175,500

10. Terryville

Terryville, CT

Source: Google Maps

Population: 5,121
Median Income: $63,953
Median Home Value: $189,700

The areas around Hartford that you probably don’t want to live in

Well there you have it — the worst of the ‘burbs surrounding Hartford with Blue Hills landing ahead of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Hartford aren’t all bad. West Simsbury takes the cake as the best place to live around Hartford.

For the chart below, these are ranked from worst to best.
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Detailed List Of Hartford Suburbs

Place Rank Population Median Income Median Home Value
Blue Hills 1 2,735 $58,750 $160,300
East Hartford 2 51,211 $50,355 $169,900
New Britain 3 73,095 $40,515 $162,100
Portland 4 5,634 $69,907 $233,200
Manchester 5 30,621 $54,364 $174,100
Bristol 6 60,556 $60,208 $199,000
Middletown 7 47,424 $61,373 $231,700
Storrs 8 15,374 $31,925 $229,900
Rockville 9 7,348 $36,790 $175,500
Terryville 10 5,121 $63,953 $189,700
Salmon Brook 11 2,766 $82,875 $245,500
Newington 12 30,652 $79,008 $232,400
Wethersfield 13 26,579 $78,008 $254,200
Collinsville 14 3,851 $82,083 $287,600
Crystal Lake 15 2,378 $85,375 $282,800
Kensington 16 9,492 $85,167 $262,600
West Hartford 17 63,396 $84,092 $304,000
Glastonbury Center 18 7,418 $86,629 $296,000
Weatogue 19 3,012 $122,159 $307,400
Simsbury Center 20 5,843 $106,289 $298,100
West Simsbury 21 2,446 $137,656 $419,000

About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.