Connecticut is the central hub for New England. A semi-wealthy enclave where the rich `Summer’ and everyone else does whatever Connecticut people do.
It’s a pretty nifty state.
But is it all roses there? Definitely not. This article aims to determine, using science, the worst places to live there. Don’t shoot the messenger, this is all using data.
After analyzing all 21 cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst places to live in Connecticut:
- Hartford (Photos)
- Waterbury (Photos)
- Bridgeport (Photos)
- New Haven (Photos)
- New London (Photos)
- New Britain (Photos)
- Derby (Photos)
- Norwich (Photos)
- Torrington (Photos)
- Danbury (Photos)
What? Where are these places you wonder? And before you get all riled up and say we’re picking on small town America, that’s not the case.
We understand there’s a lot of good in every place.
However, according to data (which doesn’t measure things like beauty and ‘friendly people’), there are far better options in the state for making a place home. And the worst place to live in Connecticut? That would be Hartford.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and see how your city fared in 2019.
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How we determined the worst places to live in Connecticut for 2019
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 don’t think it’s a stretch to assume that people like the following things:
- Good education
- Lots of jobs
- Low crime
- Low poverty
- Nice homes
- High incomes
- High population density (Lots of things to do)
- Short work commutes
- Health insurance
We broke crime down into violent crime and property crime to give violent crime a larger weight — if you did a simple calculation of all crimes per capita, property crimes are normally 7x more common and really bias that ranking.
Furthermore, only cities with at least 9,000 people were considered — leaving 21 cities.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 21 for all the criteria with a #1 ranking being the worst for the particular criteria.
Next, we averaged the rankings into one “Worst Place To Live Score”.
Finally, we ranked every city on the “Worst Place To Live Score” with the lowest score being the worst city in Connecticut — Hartford. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 worst cities in Connecticut.
This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.
Well, the good news, is, obviously, there’s lots to do in Hartford.
The bad news is Hartford ranks almost the highest in the state of Connecticut for crime and unemployment rate, and residents earn a paltry income each year. Hard-core Hartfordians might disagree with this ranking, but, again, the data doesn’t lie — it’s the worst place to live in Connecticut for 2019.
Waterbury has a 12.1% unemployment rate (4th in CT), below average income levels and the 3rd highest crime rate in the state.
This random City-Data comment sums up Waterbury.
“I visited Waterbury over the weekend and I have to say the place just seemed completely depressing.
“I saw lots people around Waterbury who looked…well bad. Like former alcoholics and drug addicts.
“And what’s with the poorish looking area, where there were a lot of people in run down homes?
“Just looked sad.”
If you live in Connecticut, you may or may not be surprised that Bridgeport ranked, at least on paper, as the 3rd worst place to live in the state. It has almost the highest unemployment rate in the state, and it’s almost the most dangerous.
And if weather matters, Bridgeport is one of the worst spots, based on rain, snow, sunny days and humidity.
Incidentally, Bridgeport is the 21st most densely populated city in Connecticut. Draw your own conclusions.
Most of the rest of the cities on this list deserve to be on here due to their high crime numbers. New Haven is the 2nd most dangerous city in Connecticut, according to the FBI. Residents had a 1 in 25.1 chance of being the victim of a property crime. That’s really high for Connecticut, but not even the highest in the state.
Home values are the 10th cheapest in the state, and income levels are almost as low as you can get. Households in New Haven bring in just under $39,191 a year annually.
When you’re looking at the worst places you could live in Connecticut, New London ranks 5th worst. Let’s see why.
Here in New London, crime is the 5th highest in the state, and 1 out of 36.6 residents was robbed here according to the latest FBI numbers.
That’s not the first place you think of making home, is it?
Additionally, you have a 1 in 205 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, which includes rapes, attacks or murders. That’s really high.
When you look at adult education in Connecticut, the folks in New London have the 6th highest drop out rate. And other factors that make New London undesirable are the low median incomes and home prices.
The unemployment rate is the 3rd highest in Connecticut, at 12.2%. That’s actually on par with the national average, which means Connecticut has some hard workers.
New Britain is a hot mess right now. There are some big economic problems here AND crime is really high. In fact, New Britain is the 4th most dangerous place you can live in Connecticut.
Residents in New Britain have a 1 in 35.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime. That’s a lot of stolen laptops, cell phones and sunglasses.
When you’re considering home prices, you can’t do much lower than in New Britain, where average homes are valued at only$156,800. That’s the 2nd-lowest in the state. But residents earn far less than in other cities, so their mortgage payments might still seem overwhelming.
There’s probably not many people in Connecticut that would be surprised to see Derby on this list. In fact, if Derby wasn’t somewhere in the top 10, most people would start to wonder if our data was accurate.
Here are the statistics. Derby has the 8th worst crime rate in Connecticut. No surprises there. How dangerous is it though? There were almost 42 violent crimes in Derby in 2019. Residents here had a 1 in 302 chance of being killed, raped or attacked. Just wow.
The home values in Derby are the 13th cheapest in the state ($194,600), the unemployment rate is the 8th highest (9.9%), and the annual household income is 12th lowest in Connecticut, at $57,432. That’s basically at the poverty level for a family of four.
If you’re looking to live in Connecticut, Norwich might not be the best choice as it places 8th in our ranking of the worst places to live in the Constitution State for 2019.
The average family earns $53,682 a year out here, and 14.6% of the population is below the poverty line. Nearly 9.0% of the population is out of work.
And when you consider the crime, it’s just crazy to think of how dangerous it is to live way out here. When you’re in Norwich, every year, you have a 1 in 66.3 chance of being robbed. Can you imagine? Perhaps it’s an economic factor, or the fact that the people out there are so isolated, but the fact remains, it’s the 16th most dangerous place in the state, per capita.
you’re looking to live in Connecticut, Torrington might not be the best choice as it places 9th in our ranking of the worst places to live for 2019.
Torrington doesn’t have the worst crime in the state, but it’s sure up there. And when you factor in one of the lowest household incomes in the state and a sky high unemployment rate, Torrington may not be your first choice for a vacation.
Welcome to Danbury, which might be one of the poorest areas in Connecticut. Residents average $68,068 a year in combined income, which is right at the poverty line. In fact, 11.6% of Danbury residents live below the poverty level.
Homes here go for an average of $289,700 and the unemployment rate hovers near 7.5%.
Wrapping Up The Worst In Connecticut
If you’re looking at areas in Connecticut with the worst economic situations, where there’s higher than average crime, and not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
And in the end, Hartford ranks as the worst city to live in Connecticut for 2019.
If you’re curious enough, here are the best cities to live in Connecticut:
- Middletown (Pop. 46,747)
- Milford (Pop. 52,331)
- Shelton (Pop. 41,282)
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