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)
- Bridgeport (Photos)
- Waterbury (Photos)
- New Haven (Photos)
- New London (Photos)
- Derby (Photos)
- New Britain (Photos)
- Danbury (Photos)
- Norwalk (Photos)
- Torrington (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.
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.
Located on your way to somewhere else you’d want to be, Waterbury has few options for some sort of entertainment.
The main issues here are economic and education. The unemployment rate is also sky high here (12.1%) and homes are the 1st cheapest in the state ($128,600).
Say what you want about ‘cheap living’, the fact is, homes are priced by demand, and there’s absolutely no demand to live in Waterbury.
The same problems that plague other cities on the list also affect New Haven. The only real difference is New Haven is a tiny bit safer, and the schools are rated a lot higher in terms of resources for students.
However, the unemployment rate in New Haven is at 10.4%, which is the 6th worst in Connecticut. And households earn a combined $39,191 a year, which is far below the state average. An average home in New Haven is merely $189,400.
New Haven is across the Tangier Sound on Route 50.
Yes, every dog has a few fleas. But the crime in New London is actually quite atrocious. Some of the punks there who are causing trouble need a time out. It’s that simple.
Residents here have a 1 in 205 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, meaning raped, attacked or murdered. And they have a 1 in 36.6 chance of being robbed each year. That’s off the charts high.
And the unemployment rate is at 12.2%, which isn’t horrible, but the 3rd-highest in the state. Plus, residents here earn about $37,331 a year in combined household income.
Welcome to Derby, Connecticut, where 1 in 10.1 people is without a job, and families bring in a combined $57,432 a year.
Crime is the 8th highest in Connecticut, where you have a 1 in 41.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime, and every year, you have a 1 in 302 chance of being raped, attacked or murdered when you’re within Derby city limits.
New Britain, where there’s absolutely nothing to do unless you enjoy bowling, ranks as the 7th worst city in Connecticut.
Besides the lack of pure amenities, New Britain has some real economic problems to contend with. The unemployment rate hovers near 8.7%, and families earn around $43,611 a year. It’s also the 4th highest in Connecticut for crime, where 1 in 35.0 people gets robbed every year.
Does living in a place where people who come to visit are robbed sound like fun?
Danbury places 8th in our ranking of the worst places to live in Connecticut.
You can imagine it’s a pretty simple life down there. Which is fine, unless you look closely at the data.
Homes are the 17th cheapest in the state, and at $289,700, just about anyone with a pulse can buy a home here. However, the unemployment rate (7.5%) is the 14th highest in Connecticut, and income levels are far below the state average. And 11.6% of the population lives below the poverty line.
Would you have guessed that the area around Danbury has one of the highest crime rates, per capita in Connecticut?
When you’re looking at the worst places you could live in Connecticut, Norwalk came in 9th. Let’s see why.
The city has very bad crime (11th worst) and an employment rate that’s nearly the highest for cities of its size 8.0%. On the bright side, K-12 student spending is highest here than in the entire state.
When you’re looking at the worst places you could live in Connecticut, Torrington came in 10th. Let’s see why.
When you’re comparing the unemployment rate to the rest of the nation, Connecticut residents are very hard workers. But when comparing the unemployment rate among cities in Connecticut, you can see some really big differences. In Torrington, the number of people out of work is 7.8%
In Connecticut, that’s the 13th highest in the state.
The residents in Torrington have the 13th lowest incomes in the state. Folks in Torrington average $61,313 a year. Which isn’t too shabby in comparison to the other ‘lowest’ income cities in most other states.
Additionally, the homes are valued at $160,200 on average. That’s the 3rd lowest in the 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 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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Detailed List Of The Worst Places To Live In Connecticut