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)
- Ansonia (Photos)
- Torrington (Photos)
- Norwich (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. Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and see how your city fared in 2018.
How we determined the worst places to live in Connecticut for 2018
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 9,200 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.
Population: 124,320Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Values: $159,100 (3rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 17.5% (1st worst)
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 2015.
Population: 109,211Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Home Values: $129,500 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.2% (3rd worst)
Waterbury needs some tough love as it ranks as the 2nd worst city to live in Connecticut for 2015. There’s not a lot to do here, and when you factor in some of the lowest student support in the state and some of the worst weather, it’s not a place you might want to move to.
And the crime in Waterbury is the 3rd highest in the state, where 1 in 26.0 people have a chance of being the victim of a property crime, according to the latest FBI numbers.
Population: 147,022Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Home Values: $168,200 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 15.2% (2nd worst)
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.
4. New Haven
Population: 130,405Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Home Values: $190,700 (10th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.3% (6th worst)
You might have passed through New Haven once and probably throught it seems to be a relatively quiet, clean place.
Here’s what science says about why New Haven needs some love: The unemployment rate is nearly 11.3%, residents earn about $38,126 a year, and home prices are just over $190,700. Across the board, those are in the bottom half in the state. Not absolutely horrible, but not desirable, either.
And there simply isn’t anything to do in New Haven.
5. New London
Population: 27,218Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Home Values: $183,900 (9th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.5% (4th worst)
New London ranks as the 5th worst place to live in Connecticut for 2015.
While the unemployment rate is high (but not terrible), crime is a real factor here. It’s the 4th most dangerous place you can live in Connecticut, according to the latest FBI numbers. If you live here, you have a high chance of being a victim each year.
Residents here earn about $35,357 a year. That’s in the bottom half of what people in Connecticut normally make.
6. New Britain
Population: 72,876Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Home Values: $157,300 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.7% (8th worst)
When you’re looking at science and data, the city of New Britain is the 6th worst place you can live in the state of Connecticut. Let’s see why.
You may be surprised to hear that the crime here is the 5th-highest in the state per capita, according to the FBI data base.
Residents in New Britain had a 1 in 34.4 chance of being robbed in 2014. To put things into perspective, since the average person has 300 friends on Facebook, if everyone you friended lived in New Britain, statistically, 25 of them would have been the victim of a property crime, meaning a home robbery, car break in or a stolen wallet.
New Britain’s other issues are a very high unemployment rate (10.7%) and income levels of its residents ($41,844).
Population: 12,755Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Home Values: $199,400 (14th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.7% (10th worst)
The same problems that plague other cities on the list also affect Derby. The only real difference is Derby is a tiny bit safer, and the schools are rated a lot higher in terms of resources for students.
However, the unemployment rate in Derby is at 9.7%, which is the 10th worst in Connecticut. And households earn a combined $55,316 a year, which is far below the state average. An average home in Derby is merely $199,400.
Derby is across the Tangier Sound on Route 50.
Population: 18,950Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Home Values: $214,800 (15th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.5% (5th worst)
When you’re looking at science and data, Ansonia is the worst place you can live in Connecticut. Let’s see why.
The unemployment rate here is 11.5%. The schools are underfunded, and property values are well below the state average. A home costs $214,800, which is a sure sign of lack of demand.
You have a 1 in 57.3 chance of being the victim of some type of property crime here every year. That’s not fun, either.
Ansonia is a far drive south from Louisville.
Population: 35,227Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Home Values: $162,300 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.6% (13th worst)
When you’re looking at science and data, Torrington is the 9th worst place you can live in the state of Connecticut. Let’s see why.
First off, the crime here is really high, in comparison to the rest of Connecticut. Torrington is the 19th most dangerous place you can live in the state, where you have a 1 in 61.2 chance of being the victim of some type of property crime. Meaning lots of people are getting robbed here.
Homes here average $162,300, which is the 4th lowest in the state. You can defend ‘cheap living’ all you want, but the fact is, homes are priced by demand, and there’s not a lot of demand to live in Torrington.
Income levels are just about $58,717, the 13th lowest in Connecticut.
When you add it all up, Torrington really is quite an undesirable place to live. The people who have to live in here could use a big hug right about now.
Population: 40,057Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Home Values: $169,600 (6th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.7% (10th worst)
When you’re looking at the worst places you could live in Connecticut, Norwich came in 10th. Let’s see why.
The city has very bad crime (16th worst) and an employment rate that’s nearly the highest for cities of its size 9.7%. On the bright side, K-12 student spending is highest here than in the entire state.
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 2018.
If you’re curious enough, here are the best cities to live in Connecticut:
- Shelton (Pop. 40,979)
- Milford (Pop. 52,005)
- Middletown (Pop. 46,933)
For more Connecticut reading, check out:
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