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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:
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 2020.
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The 10 Worst Places To Live In Connecticut For 2020
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 2020.
Welcome to Waterbury, where criminals go to make a living. Waterbury has the 3rd highest crime rate in the state. When you're within Waterbury city limits, you have a 1 in 25.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime such as a car break in or home invasion robbery every year.
Plus, there were 481 violent crimes here in 2020. For a city of 108,672 people, that's absolutely off the charts high. You have a 1 in 225 chance of being raped, attacked or killed when you're in Waterbury every year as well.
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 2most densely populated city in Connecticut. Draw your own conclusions.
New Haven's situation is very similar to others on the list; bottom of the barrel scores in unemployment, income, and crime, with decent education statistics keeping it from the very top of this list.
New Haven has the worst crime index of any place in Connecticut, and has the 3rd lowest income.
Derby, part of New Haven County, is the 5th worst place to live in Connecticut for 2020.
Residents here earn almost the lowest salaries per year relative to any other residents in the state at $56,301, and crime 5th worst in Connecticut.
Additionally, the poverty level is 13.2% in Derby.
While the median household income in New London is higher than other towns on this list, causing it to be lower down on the list of "worst cities", New London still has the 7th worst unemployment rate in the state, as well as the 7th worst crime index.
Therefore, though the average New London household brings in a higher income, there are fewer people working here than in other cities across the state. It doesn't help that everyone has to be constantly worried about crime, either.
New Britain ranks as the 7th-worst place in Connecticut due to a variety of factors, placing in the bottom third for unemployment, median income, and crime.
On top of that, residents have the 20th-worst commute of any place in the state.
While numbers in Connecticut are clearly better when you compare them to the rest of the nation, the fact is when you compare Connecticut cities against one another, you see big differences.
Home values in Ansonia average $211,100, which is the 15th lowest in the state. Say what you want about 'cheap living,' the fact is homes are priced by demand, and there's not a lot of demand to live in Ansonia.
Plus, 14.5% of the population here lives below the poverty line.
Plus, the crime rate is the 8th highest in the state here. Every year, when you're within Ansonia city limits, you have a 1 in 42.7 chance of being robbed. That's a lot of broken into cars and homes.
If you're looking to live in Connecticut, Danbury might not be the best choice as it places 9th in our ranking of the worst places to live for 2020.
The unemployment rate here is 6.5%, and households bring in a combined $71,672 a year in income. That's not too far from the poverty line, even though money goes a lot further in the boonies of Connecticut.
Crime is the 17th highest in the state in Danbury as well. Just not a very desirable place at all to make home.
West Haven needs some tough love as it ranks as the 10th worst city to live in Connecticut for 2020.
Crime in West Haven is the 10th highest in the state, where 1 in 46.7 people have a chance of being the victim of a property crime, according to the latest FBI numbers.
Additionally, the income is almost dead last in Connecticut.
If commute time is important, West Haven residents have the 13th longest commute of any residents on our list.
How we determined the worst places to live in Connecticut for 2020
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. You can download the data here.
This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.
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 2020.
If you're curious enough, here are the best cities to live in Connecticut:
- Milford (Pop. 52,349)
- Shelton (Pop. 41,155)
- Middletown (Pop. 46,473)
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