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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.
This may or may not be a surprise to you, but Waterbury is the 3rd most dangerous city in Connecticut. For such a small city, there are an astounding number of property crimes. Residents here have a 1 in 25.6 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 Waterbury 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 Waterbury are really low. People here earn about $41,617 a year per household.
Additionally, the public schools in Waterbury 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 Waterbury.
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.
What the heck is going on in little New Haven? The crime is the highest in the state of Connecticut. Here, residents have a 1 in 25.5 chance of being robbed. That means if you live here, and didn't have something stolen from you, there's a good chance your neighbor did.
That ratio is one of the highest we've seen in the nation. Perhaps the high unemployment rate has something to do with it. More than 9.8% of New Haven residents were without jobs in the latest numbers we collected, which is the 5th highest in the state.
If you live in Derby, this might not be a surprise, but you have the 5th highest crime rate, per capita in the state of Connecticut. Every year you spend here, you have a 1 in 43.3 chance of being the victim of a property crime like a car break in or home invasion robbery.
That's a lot of stolen cell phones, laptops and black license plates.
Plus there were 38 violent crimes in the last FBI reporting year. That means if you spent a year there, you'd have a 1 in 331 chance of being raped or attacked.
Finally, the folks who live here earn the 10th lowest salaries in Connecticut At $56,301 a household, that's simply not enough to get by for most folks.
New London is another place in the Constitution State that has some real eye-opening numbers. The unemployment rate in New London is a staggering 9.2%, but at least those who have jobs earn a modest salary ($39,675 a year). Homes are actually priced respectfully at $181,300, but still far lower than the state average.
Crime in New London is bad, but not horrible.
You can sure expect that New Britain is going to be a pretty rough place to live, it comes in 7th in our analysis. It is. In fact, New Britain has the 4th-highest crime rate in the state. Probably no surprises there.
There were 310 violent crimes here in 2020, and residents have a 1 in 36.2 chance of being the victim of a property crime. That means, most likely, if you live in New Britain, either you or someone on your block had their home or car broken into last year.
You can also imagine that the economy here is in the pits -- the unemployment rate sits at 8.4% which is the 9th worst in Connecticut.
Located on your way to somewhere else you'd want to be, Ansonia has few options for some sort of entertainment.
The main issues here are economic and education. The unemployment rate is also sky high here (8.9%) and homes are the 15th cheapest in the state ($211,100).
Say what you want about 'cheap living', the fact is, homes are priced by demand, and there's absolutely no demand to live in Ansonia.
Danbury is the 17th most dangerous place in the state of Connecticut. That's part of the reason it's the 9th worst place in Connecticut.
The fact remains, that when you're within Danbury city limits, you have a 1 in 72.6 chance of being robbed or having something you own vandalized.Does that sound like a fun place to live?
Did you know Danbury also has the 15th highest unemployment rate in the state at 6.5%? Or that homes are only valued at $296,600?
Say what you want about cheap living. The fact is, homes are priced by demand, and there's little demand to live in Danbury.
West Haven takes the 10th worst place spot on this list for a number of reasons -- below average education, income, unemployment, and student expenditure statistics.
But what gives West Haven its main thrust toward the top of this shameful list is its crime index -- the 10th worst in the whole state.
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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