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 2019.
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The 10 Worst Places To Live In Connecticut For 2019
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.
If you live in Connecticut, you may or may not be surprised that Bridgeport ranked, at least on paper, as the 2nd 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.
Things are starting to get progressively more ‘modern’ and in line with what you expect in a great state such as Connecticut when we get to Waterbury. Sure, the unemployment rate is at 12.1% (which is really high), and the median income is $40,879. But the homes are at least above the $100,000 mark, and the schools aren’t a complete mess.
New Haven ranks as the 4th-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 14th-worst commute of any place in the state.
New London, where there’s absolutely nothing to do unless you enjoy bowling, ranks as the 5th worst city in Connecticut.
Besides the lack of pure amenities, New London has some real economic problems to contend with. The unemployment rate hovers near 12.2%, and families earn around $37,331 a year. It’s also the 5th highest in Connecticut for crime, where 1 in 36.6 people gets robbed every year.
Does living in a place where people who come to visit are robbed sound like fun?
Here in Derby, you have some of the highest crime and the highest unemployment rates in Connecticut. That’s not a good combination.
Located in New Haven County, you have a 1 in 41.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime when inside Derby city limits every year. Some of those crimes might be due to the relatively high unemployment rate (9.9%). That’s good for the 8th highest unemployment rate in Connecticut.
New Britain, CT needs a big hug right now. The unemployment rate here is 8.7%, the median income is just above the poverty line, and the crime is the 4th highest in the state. You have a 1 in 35.0 chance of being robbed here every year.
You could find a much better place to call home.
Danbury is one of the poorest cities in the state of Connecticut. This city has 7.5% of its residents out of work, and those who have jobs earn under $68,068 a year.
Cities can be charming, but not when they are dangerous. Danbury has the 20th highest crime rate in Connecticut. While the numbers aren’t staggering (Connecticut is a relatively safe place when you compare it to the rest of the country), it’s still undesirable when you consider that there are far safer (and more stimulating) places to make your home in the Constitution State.
The unemployment rate in Norwalk is a sky high 8.0%, which is the 12th highest in the state. Ouch.
The median income in Norwalk is $81,546. That means 9.2% of the population is living below the poverty line. Crime isn’t horrible here, but you have a 1 in 58.8 chance of being the victim of a property crime when you’re within city limits every year.
When you’re looking at science and data, Torrington is the 10th 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 17th most dangerous place you can live in the state, where you have a 1 in 62.9 chance of being the victim of some type of property crime. Meaning lots of people are getting robbed here.
Homes here average $160,200, which is the 3rd 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 $61,313, 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.
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.
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:
- Shelton (Pop. 41,282)
- Milford (Pop. 52,331)
- Middletown (Pop. 46,747)
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