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.
Waterbury seems to be the have’s and have not’s. While the annual average income levels here are respectful ($40,879), about 1 in 8.3 people here are without jobs. Homes are valued at only $128,600.
But the biggest eye opener is the sheer crime here. It seems as if just about everyone in town without a job is pillaging the community. Waterbury has the 3rd highest crime rate in Connecticut, where 1 in 200 people has a statistic chance of being attacked, raped or murdered each year.
Plus, 1 in 26.4 people are robbed.
If you’re headed past Waterbury and stop for gas, make sure you lock your doors.
New Haven ranks as the 4th worst city on this list.
New Haven has the 2nd highest crime rate in Connecticut, where residents have a 1 in 25.1 chance of being robbed every year. Homes are the 10th cheapest in the state ($189,400), and the uninsured rate here is far below average as well.
New London is the 5th worst city in Connecticut for 2019. When you’re comparing other cities to New London, things just don’t look great, at least according to science.
New London is the 5th most dangerous place in Connecticut, according to FBI statistics. And the residents here have a hard time keeping a job — at least in comparison to the rest of the state. The unemployment rate is 12.2%, worse than the state average.
Home values are really low ($177,100), and residents earn just $37,331 a year.
Derby places 6th 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 13th cheapest in the state, and at $194,600, just about anyone with a pulse can buy a home here. However, the unemployment rate (9.9%) is the 8th highest in Connecticut, and income levels are far below the state average. And 11.4% of the population lives below the poverty line.
Would you have guessed that the area around Derby has one of the highest crime rates, per capita in Connecticut?
New Britain is in a bad place. Again, the household incomes here are really, really low, and the average home value is $156,800. That means it ranks as the 2nd lowest in Connecticut.
You can make a case that based on the fact that New Britain has no real indoor entertainment, and crime is the 4th worst in the state, it’s one of the worst places you can live in Connecticut.
There’s probably not many people in Connecticut that would be surprised to see Danbury on this list. In fact, if Danbury wasn’t somewhere in the top 10, most people would start to wonder if our data was accurate.
Here are the statistics. Danbury has the 20th worst crime rate in Connecticut. No surprises there. How dangerous is it though? There were almost 163 violent crimes in Danbury in 2019. Residents here had a 1 in 518 chance of being killed, raped or attacked. Just wow.
The home values in Danbury are the 17th cheapest in the state ($289,700), the unemployment rate is the 14th highest (7.5%), and the annual household income is 17th lowest in Connecticut, at $68,068. That’s basically at the poverty level for a family of four.
If you’re looking to live in Connecticut, Norwalk might not be the best choice as it places 9th in our ranking of the worst places to live in the Constitution State for 2019.
The average family earns $81,546 a year out here, and 9.2% of the population is below the poverty line. Nearly 8.0% of the population is out of work.
And when you consider the crime, it’s just crazy to think of how dangerous it is to live way out here. When you’re in Norwalk, every year, you have a 1 in 58.8 chance of being robbed. Can you imagine? Perhaps it’s an economic factor, or the fact that the people out there are so isolated, but the fact remains, it’s the 11th most dangerous place in the state, per capita.
Torrington is the 17th most dangerous place in the state of Connecticut. That’s part of the reason it’s the 10th worst place in Connecticut.
The fact remains, that when you’re within Torrington city limits, you have a 1 in 62.9 chance of being robbed or having something you own vandalized.Does that sound like a fun place to live?
Did you know Torrington also has the 13th highest unemployment rate in the state at 7.8%? Or that homes are only valued at $160,200?
Say what you want about cheap living. The fact is, homes are priced by demand, and there’s little demand to live in Torrington.
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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