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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.
When you're looking at the worst places you could live in Connecticut, Waterbury ranks 2nd worst. Let's see why.
Here in Waterbury, crime is the 3rd highest in the state, and 1 out of 25.6 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 225 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 Waterbury have the 3rd highest drop out rate. And other factors that make Waterbury undesirable are the low median incomes and home prices.
The unemployment rate is the 3rd highest in Connecticut, at 11.3%. That's actually on par with the national average, which means Connecticut has some hard workers.
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, CT needs a big hug right now. The unemployment rate here is 9.8%, the median income is just above the poverty line, and the crime is the highest in the state. You have a 1 in 25.5 chance of being robbed here every year.
You could find a much better place to call home.
This may or may not be a surprise to you, but Derby is the 5th most dangerous city in Connecticut. For such a small city, there are an astounding number of property crimes. Residents here have a 1 in 43.3 chance of being the victim of some sort of robbery when within city limits every year. That's lots of stolen cell phones, guns, snowmobiles and lobster traps.
Besides the crime, there are a few other factors why Derby might be one of the worst places to live. The home values here are pretty cheap. Why is that not a good thing? Because the salaries of people working in Derby are really low. People here earn about $56,301 a year per household.
Additionally, the public schools in Derby are some of the lowest funded in the state.
When all is said and done, you could find much more desirable places to live in Connecticut than in Derby.
New London takes the 6th worst place spot on this list for a number of reasons -- below average education, income, unemployment, and student expenditure statistics.
But what gives New London its main thrust toward the top of this shameful list is its crime index -- the 7th worst in the whole state.
If you live in Connecticut, you may or may not be surprised that New Britain ranked, at least on paper, as the 7th worst place to live in the state. It has the 9th highest unemployment rate in the state, and the 4th most dangerous.
Incidentally, New Britain is the 18th most densely populated city in Connecticut. Draw your own conclusions.
According to science, Ansonia is the 8th worst place you can live in Connecticut.
Let's see why. Ansonia has the 8th-highest crime rate in the state, surprisingly. In terms of number of crimes per person, Ansonia is certainly up there.
Factor in a very low housing cost ($211,100), and the 8th-highest unemployment rate in the state (8.9%), and across the board, Ansonia doesn't sound like the best of the best.
Plus, there's simply not a lot to do here (unless you count having a Walmart and a Piggly Wiggly as fun). We're aware that people enjoy outdoor activities, but in terms of pure entertainment, you'd have to drive a ways away.
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.
Danbury 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, Danbury may not be your first choice for a vacation.
Welcome to West Haven, which might be one of the poorest areas in Connecticut. Residents average $58,112 a year in combined income, which is right at the poverty line. In fact, 12.9% of West Haven residents live below the poverty level.
Homes here go for an average of $194,400 and the unemployment rate hovers near 9.5%.
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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