The 10 Worst Places To Live In Connecticut For 2019


We used a scientific analysis of data to determine which Connecticut cities are the real pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the worst places to live in Connecticut.

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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:

Here are the 10 worst places to live in Connecticut for 2019:

  1. Hartford (Photos)
  2. Bridgeport (Photos)
  3. Waterbury (Photos)
  4. New Haven (Photos)
  5. New London (Photos)
  6. Derby (Photos)
  7. New Britain (Photos)
  8. Danbury (Photos)
  9. Norwalk (Photos)
  10. 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.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the worst states in America.

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The 10 Worst Places To Live In Connecticut For 2019

Hartford, CT

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Population: 124,390
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $162,300 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 16.0% (1st worst)
More on Hartford:  Data | Photos

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.

Review Of Hartford by HomeSnacks User

Hartford is a miserable crime riddled city without any positive attributes. The restaurants are sub-par. The crime rate is through the roof. It is not uncommon to see prostitutes and pimps. You can’t drive more than a couple blocks before you see a drug deal. The mayor is an idiot and is doing nothing to turn his awful city around. Now, the City of Hartford thinks the State of Connecticut should bail them out.

There is nothing worthwhile in this city. The baseball team is a complete joke. The restaurants are sub-par. The parks are heroine needle filled. The roads are full of potholes. The hospitals frequently treat people with gun shot wounds and stabbings. Avoid Hartford, Connecticut at all costs.

Bridgeport, CT

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Population: 147,586
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $170,300 (6th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.8% (2nd worst)
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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.

Review Of Bridgeport by HomeSnacks User

Bridgeport is a country club compared to New York city! I was afforded the opportunity to buy a home in Lake Forest Bridgeport CT. My children won a lottery and went to Westport Schools because I lived in Bridgeport. Both of my children and I went to Housatonic Community college in But and went to University of Bridgeport. I have many friends who are police officers, teacher, public works employees in Bridgeport.

Lake Forest is a hidden Gem in this City. North end is a very nice area in Bridgeport, all areas of Bridgeport are being revitalized. Bridgeport Hospital, St Vncents Hospital ae wonderful and they are in my City. Seaside a beautiful beach and Park!

This is a city full of culture and arts!We have areas in need of more work than others this is true but we are a far cry from being one the 10 worst places to live in. Where do you live- must be heaven!

Waterbury, CT

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Population: 109,250
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $128,600 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.1% (4th worst)
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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, CT

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Population: 130,884
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $189,400 (10th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.4% (6th worst)
More on New Haven:  Data | Photos

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.

Review Of New Haven by HomeSnacks User

Beautiful architecture, very cozy college atmosphere, lots of variety of stores and sites

Large contrast between gentrified and ungentrified areas

New London, CT

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Population: 27,147
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $177,100 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.2% (3rd worst)
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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, CT

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Population: 12,700
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $194,600 (13th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.9% (8th worst)
More on Derby:  Data | Photos

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, CT

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6
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Population: 73,069
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $156,800 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.7% (10th worst)
More on New Britain:  Data | Photos

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.

Danbury, CT

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Population: 84,573
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $289,700 (17th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.5% (14th worst)
More on Danbury:  Data | Photos

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.

Review Of Danbury by HomeSnacks User

I grew up in Danbury on the Brookfield line, where it was absolutely beautiful. Downtown used to be so cute & quaint with genuine cobblestone streets.

Norwalk, CT

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Population: 88,537
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $421,900 (20th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.0% (12th worst)
More on Norwalk:  Data | Photos

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, CT

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8
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Population: 35,078
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $160,200 (3rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.8% (13th worst)
More on Torrington:  Data | Photos

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

The data comes from the Census’s most recent American Community Survey and from the FBI Uniform Crime Report.

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:

  1. Shelton (Pop. 41,282)
  2. Milford (Pop. 52,331)
  3. Middletown (Pop. 46,747)

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Where Are The Worst Places To Live In Connecticut?

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Hartford 124,390 16.0% $162,300
2 Bridgeport 147,586 13.8% $170,300
3 Waterbury 109,250 12.1% $128,600
4 New Haven 130,884 10.4% $189,400
5 New London 27,147 12.2% $177,100
6 Derby 12,700 9.9% $194,600
7 New Britain 73,069 8.7% $156,800
8 Danbury 84,573 7.5% $289,700
9 Norwalk 88,537 8.0% $421,900
10 Torrington 35,078 7.8% $160,200

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46 thoughts on “The 10 Worst Places To Live In Connecticut For 2019

  1. This is crazy, a joke, or just both! South Woodstock is not a town or a city, neither is East Brooklyn. South Woodstock literally touches three of the most beautiful areas in northeast CT, but with more amenities than surrounding towns. Convenient, quaint, and historical, it is more expensive due to the aforementioned and the amazing school system. In defense of Putnam, it’s one of the up and coming towns winning statewide recognition for food, antiques, shopping, and fun and THREE MILES from “South Woodstock”, you better check your stats and sources! hahaha!

  2. I think this list is highly inaccurate. Woodstock, Putnam, Killingly and Brooklyn are very nice towns to live in. I don’t think all of your scientific factors used are neccisarily negatives. instead you should look at factors that involve education, culture, and quality of life.

    1. This is absurd! Families move to Woodstock, build or buy “nice” homes, mainly for the highly rated educational system which is located, geographically, in South Woodstock although Woodstock Academy is considered Woodstock. Someone just wanted to write for the sake of writing , not bothering to gather any facts, but the disclaimer did mention something about just an opinion! Oh, well.

  3. On behalf of north eastern Connecticut I’d like to say F U. Clearly you’ve never been there. We are the Last Green Valley. We have the oldest agricultural fair in the country. We have fine dining, festivals, great local businesses, award winning restaurants, and are just sucking awesome. We have an amazing Artist community. I will agree on willingly but you have it all wrong about putnam and woodstock. Want a shitty north eastern town check out Moosup or something……also south woodstock is not a town it is a burrow of woodstock….at least get your shit straight….some with “south Brooklyn”.

  4. Why isn’t Willimantic on this list?? If you’re looking for unemployment, drug use, and poverty, start there. The quiet towns mentioned like killingly, Brooklyn and Woodstock are great communities! We may not have big city clubs for entertainment value, but our agriculture and historical sites are world renowned. No, we don’t have big city life, and we like it that way. As far as crime, drugs, poverty, and bad education are concerned, stay away from Hartford, Willimantic, and wauregan.

  5. Westbrook’s town center is a dump. The only nice building is the Walgreen’s building and that is saying something in itself. There are very few nice houses in that town.

    1. You have no idea what you are talking about. I am 14th generation Westbrook resident! Beautiful town and houses. Many historic and many new high end houses…large range!!

    2. If you think Walgreens is the nicest building on the Westbrook town green, you clearly don’t belong in this area. Go enjoy yourself in some low-class, overpopulated town that has demolished all the beautiful historic buildings.

    3. that is the most hideous building in the town center, where are you from Long Island? That’s the only building that pops out as oversized and prefab compared to the rest which are historic New England. Westbrook use to be a hidden gem and now it’s become built up and people flock to it for their great schools. It’s smack in the middle of the golden shoreline, if you can stay with me here…Fairfield county sucks, oh such fun that area is(congestion, trust fun bums, losers) and new London which is cool but rough. Fairfield, new haven, and new London all have sea ports=nasty. Westbrook is one town over from old saybrook which butts up to the CT River which does NOT have a seaport because of old blue laws. ITS THE NICEST CALMEST HUCK FIN ADVENTOUROUS TOWN IN CT! Now don’t go making fun of Bills Seatood for serving food on paper plates I’ll scream! Read the reviews of Bills on Yelp they’re so funny, I love that Westbrook is semi rustic and deters most preppy tool bags, that’s what Fairfield county is for oh what great fun, land of the fake, yes johny is taking cricket lessons

      1. I’m from long island and want to move to CT. Can you tell me if this article is correct about Waterbury as I found a few houses their I love but have read many articles like this saying it’s a bad area with a lot of crime.

        1. The mill rate in Waterbury is 60, one of the highest in the state, you’ll be taxed to death and it will push your mortgage payment up to a point that you will only qualify for a lower cost home and not the ones you’d expect to get, better off going to outskirts of Waterbury

        2. We also have the beaches and best marinas! The downtown you speak of is very old and historic! Can you afford to live there or are you just mad you can’t afford it? LOL

        3. Waterbury is a cesspool! House being nice doesn’t matter when you consider the rest of the town – arghhhh! It will never have any resale value either. I grew up in Danbury on the Brookfield line, where it was absolutely beautiful. Downtown used to be so cute & quaint with genuine cobblestone streets (many of my relatives lived on Deerhill Ave, though pricey & huge homes, I remember the old horse tie ups in front where there are now sidewalks). Danbury went south – way south in the downtown area when a lot of the new, lesser income immigrants moved in & never could be bothered maintaining the properties down there, & it all went downhill from there. Such a shame. Brookfield area (& Danbury over there) is still beautiful, but the more people that move in, the more it’s being built up & all the open spaces/ land is disappearing. Waterbury definitely doesn’t even compare & you had better keep all your doors locked all of the time, and well as never venture out – esp at night. Bridgeport is also the scourge of CT & just as bad as Hartford, New Haven, Wtby, Naugatuck, Norwalk, the list goes on – but I’ll say that those are also big cities with big populations that can’t afford to live anywhere decent in CT (& im not talking snooty New Canaan, Greenwich, etc either)…. Derby is another nasty, filthy & very backwoods, if you can follow me on that – despite it being right next to Newtown, which defending on what part, can also be very rich in one place, commercialized in another like along Rt 25. Wherever you choose, I would highly recommend taking a drive through wherever h maybe stay for the weekend while exploring… everything should become more evident that way, esp at night. New Milford (we used to call New Mildew when kids), used to be kinda of backwoods, but in the last decade a LOT of NY’ers have moved in since Fairfield County is so expensive & running out of room. Despite some of the older eyesores from decades past, there are a ton of $800k house communities popping up everywhere inbtwn more avg homes usually with a price tag ranging around $400k (of course there are many older ones a little cheaper, but definitely require a bit of an overhaul) & the lake that stretches from Danbury thru New Milford to Sherman & New Fairfield always provides something to do regardless of season (if you like that laid back lifestyle, which is how we grew up). So all in all, I’d stay away big time from Wtby & the nearby and bigger towns/ cities…

  6. F the sox and f the patriots go giants ! Knew this article was crap when you opened with those teams. Nobody should like them f Boston

  7. I grew up in Seymour, a lot of the “empty homes” are new constructions. Seymour is a beautiful peaceful town with farms, horses, larger homes and high end living. Its mostly wooded, not a lot of crime, beautiful remodeled schools, affordable apartments, shopping centers. Recreational centers, great parks for kids, exellent down town landscaping, a center for both the Hoisatonic and the Naugatuck river and beautiful springs and waterfalls. It has miles of hiking trails and acres of reserved forestry. It has a beautiful antique district with historic buildings and small shops and it has newer retail facilities SBD its a developing town. It hosts tons of festivals and parades like its famous Pumpkin Festival…. I grew up there, it was amazing. The best town to raise your family if you want a beautiful rural community.

  8. This is an example of how not to use science. Speaking as a resident, familiar with much of the state, your analysis, however well grounded in data it may be, is complete bunk. For example, putting Georgetown on a list of the worst places to live in Connecticut is hilarious, and you cite the comparatively “low” median household salary — then you compare it to Hartford, a city literally 100 times the size with a fraction of the median household income.

    Also, how can you compare weather from town to town with a straight face? It’s one of the smallest states in the union.

  9. There is no better town to grow up in than Seymour CT! Such a great pedestrian downtown of independent restaurants and historic buildings, with some fine art galleries and antique shops. So many beautiful neighborhoods of Victorian and colonial homes, mostly in good repair, much of it with sidewalks. Parks are close to almost every neighborhood, there are many small woods to explore as kids or adults. The schools are excellent, the teachers care and the buildings are updated. The people are nice, many of them have lived here for many decades. The Naugatuck and Housatonic rivers provide fine recreation and scenery, including the new fish ladder at the Falls. My favorite town in the world, the place of my happy childhood back then and of my nieces’ and nephews’ happy childhood now.

    The author of this article has done absurd “research” using criteria that obviously do not yield real-world measure of quality of life. And if he indeed did all that supposed research, why not publish the tabulated data and cite the sources –not because it would make his absurd conclusions correct, but at least prove you did the research and let it be seen so the obviously bad methodology can be critiqued and understood for the mis-measure it is.

  10. I’m from Bridgeport and yes our taxes are high but I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. Bridgeport is improving for the better no matter what you think. Where else in Connecticut can you enjoy the zoo, the beach, multiple parks, free outdoor music every week in the summer,out door movie nights, arts festivals, vibes, the theater, catch the ferry and so much more!!!! I am tired of everyone talking about Bridgeport, there are worst places to live.

  11. This author is simply dead wrong. At least about Westbrook. Westbrook is one of the best kept secrets. I also find his math flawed. Percentages in different populations are totally different. According to his article, Westbrook has about 2200 people living in it and about 25% of houses are vacant. That’s a little over 500 house (which I’m not sure I believe). But there is a town with about 25,000 people. 25% of that would be 6,000 house. My point is that you can’t compare Westbrook to most towns because the population is so small. As for crime, I haven’t heard of any. NOT ANY! I’m wondering if he is counting all the shoplifting from travelers visiting the Westbrook Outlets. Or maybe traffic violations?? I simply cannot figure out where his crime figure came from. This is one of the safest places to be. The green is small, but the community events held there are top notch! I grew up in Madison (top 10 town) and Westbrook feels pretty much the same. This guy needs to do more research!

    1. I agree! Grew up in Madison as well, Lol you are exactly right! Best hidden gem on shoreline, love the ride on route 1 passing all the beautiful boats and fresh air, tiny but, special. People are super friendly and tourists can’t say enough, come back every year that says a lot!!

  12. Wrong! Yes, downtown Danielson and parts of Dayville are crappy, but my side of Dayville heading up 101 towards RI is beautiful. This article is ridiculous and if having a long commute is all you got, that’s pathetic. There are many other towns I can think of that are much worse.

  13. Your analysis is flawed. The population of the town is roughly 6,500 people. There are vacant homes here due to “summer residents” and snowbirds. The town shuts the water off in November to many of these beach front shanties. Housing prices are high due to consumer demand.
    Why not base your analysis off how many stop lights Westbrook has or the tonnage of fish caught. Both seem more plausible than your method. Somewhere in Durham North Carolina a car salesman is trying to appear as a statistician.

  14. Interesting article. As someone who just moved from the shoreline to happening and hip Durham, NC I have to agree that these towns are pretty lame. I spent years traveling around many of the towns mentioned and although they are mostly physically beautiful there isn’t much going on economy wise, culturally and there is pervasive small town mentality that was very limiting for us.

    I don’t know about his statistics or whether he is right or not about crime and vacant houses but I do know that on our street there half the people lived there for only a few months in the summer making the neighborhood dead and bleak for the rest of the year.
    We were glad to leave and do not miss it, beauty and all.

  15. Terribly misinformed article with incorrect data.

    Want crappy CT towns? Try Willimantic, New London, or Hartford. The only one I agree with is Bridgeport.

    Killingly? Westbrook? Woodstock? Uh.. Those are actually pretty well-off towns. Wonder what the author is smoking.

  16. Given that Georgetown lies in four towns—Wilton, Redding, Ridgefield and Weston—and is a postal designation, but not a taxing district, you might want to re-examined your statistics.

  17. Why is low population density negative? That makes no sense at all. Also, Westbrook is a wonderful place and highly desirable. If I was rating articles, this one would be in the Top 10 worst list.

  18. Nick James, your “scientific analysis” is laughable. You have census-designated areas mentioned that aren’t even towns. Low population density as a negative value? Well then Dhaka Bangladesh must be heaven on earth! How does population density equate to a higher standard of living? Moreover, how the hell is Waterbury not on this list?

    My personal 5 worst (I’ll spare Bridgeport as it’s been beaten up enough), in no particular order:

    1. New Britain
    2. Waterbury
    3. Derby
    4. Hartford
    5. Willimantic

    Nick, you know nothing about CT and your article is garbage. Please throw yourself under a bus.

    Love,
    Concerned CT Citizen

  19. This article seems to be geared on the premise that old equals boring and that a town without a nightlife is boring. Many “older” people are more active than younger people between working and volunteer activities. They are engaged in what they do and are outside of themselves. You see young people on a date and they are each on their various devices rather than concentrating on each other. Whoop dee do!

  20. Any list for lousy CT town that doesnt have Waterbury at the top of it is crap. Did Waterbury buy their removal from this list? For heavens sake, the reason why Route 8 was even built was so people could leave Waterbury.

  21. This is one of the worst articles i have read in some time. The reasons and justifications for these places being the “worst” places to live, is laughable. Lets be blunt here, what makes a town/city a bad place to live? Crime and poverty. Not having places to go out, is not a valid point for making a town “a bad places to live”. The list should look like this, based on crime, poverty, urban blight and quality of life.
    1. Hartford
    2.Bridge-Port
    3.New Haven
    4.New Britain
    5.Meriden/Waterbury (tie)

    These are all places with rich history, but unfortunately are havens for drugs and violence. It is a brutal truth that i hope changes one day. These cities are just like all those around the country, the ones you see in the movies are right down the street from me and you.

  22. I have lived most of my life in Killingly, in fact I moved to Leicester, MA for close to 10 years and moved back to Killingly. My wife loves the sense of community in the northeast connecticut, when we moved here it was the land of Pizza joints, no coffee shops, Ocean State Job lot was the only place to shop, beside a few local businesses. Now the area has a large mall in dayville, and a few smaller, gyms, and even though the downtown is run down with very few businesses, it’s a great place to live. I worked outside if Boston, so the commute was long, but the great part of living in Northeast is you are less than 60 miles or less of the 3 state capitals. Unemployment is common in the area with low wages, but as stated you are in a tri-state area so most folks work out of town. Crime is petty and non violent. The area is quiet, hence it’s nickname “Quiet Corner” agree with most replies that you do not know what you are talking about, and if you lived in the area you might be able to enjoy the quiet where you can concealed in writing a great article, rather than the trash you threw out on us.

  23. Given the fact that Georgetown doesn’t even touch Danbury, and is like 10 minutes from it, and is a village not even a town, and the majority is located in Wilton, a beautiful town you may want to get your facts corrected.

  24. As an outsider just touring around the area for an escape of Providence, I have to say this article is off by a long shot. Those of us mid lifers with families love the qualify of life out here. Pomfret, Woodstock, Brooklyn, even killingly and Danielson are in there too. There is some rural beauty out here. A great county fair and small town atmosphere are not a bad thing at all. As far as work goes, people around here all travel to other places in RI, MA, and so on. So what? Then they retreat back to the goodness and serenity of the country? There is all the stores you need in Killingly, Lisbon, or anywhere else you want to travel to. RI is a hop skip and jump away? Taxes are cheap, a lot of house for the money, and up and coming place too? Crime is Wauregan, Norwich, and the others mentioned above. Statistics are subjective at best. CT has beautiful green valleys this Rhode Islander would love to own! Now, do an article on how horrible Rhode Island is, ILL HELP YOU WITH IT. Leave CT alone its cost effective and motorcycle friendly, woods and fairs and friendly country folks too! Much respect my CT neighbors you have a beautiful place!

  25. We have more citizens moving into Willimantic than out….More businesses moving into Willimantic than out……..Local university in Willimantic continues to receive accolades from those organizations grading colleges and universities.

    Most agree that one of Willimantic’s charm is that it is authenic.

    Willimantic is where “history meets the arts”.

  26. Niantic, Connecticut should of been on the list as one of the worst towns. They have the most cold heartless stuck up ritzy people in Connecticut. I was just told to stop walking across a lawn today by some b*tch. I walk across a small part of it cause it’s dangerous to walk on the street.

  27. Bob Apples – I love your response, and I agree. I love Westbrook, and jealous I don’t live there. I love Bills, though I hear it’s better in the fall. I’m just jealous I don’t live there.

  28. Yes I will agree buying a house in New Britain does not make economic sense. The elementary schools are not the best, but the high school is a really good school. As far as crime, I don’t know where they are getting there facts, but New Britain is not unsafe. I’ve been here for a long time and I have never had any problems. With our young hard working mayor, this city has a lot of pride again. Downtown is coming back. Our parks are second to none. Our hospital is excellent. CCSU is a great place for higher education. Traffic is no problem, and we can get to anywhere in the state in under an hour. Why not visit some of these communities before you slander them?!

  29. I’m from long island and want to move to CT. Can
    anyone native to the area tell me if this article is correct about Waterbury. I found a few houses their I love but have read many articles like this saying it’s a bad area with a lot of crime.

  30. While New Haven is not a entertainment mecca, they have many museums, restaurants, events, and other things to do, more than most of the other cities in CT.

  31. I totally agree with the list, I hate and love Westbrook, I love the people there as I grew up in the area but I hate their way of thinking! Youll really have a hard time if you’re not from the city and just moved there!

  32. Well, this ought to keep the population down in Connecticut. It’s not full of “the whole world wanting to come here” the way Boston and New York think they are. I found a $9.00 ticket from Boston to New Haven and I’m going to take it. I’m going back to Yale. I love Massachusetts, don’t get me wrong, but I hate Boston; I can never get a JOB here even though technically there are more jobs here than New Haven. Maybe just “not for a Yalie who graduated in 1996.”

  33. Torrington is a horrible place, huge population of heroin addicts, terrible schools, awful weather and useless police that abuse overtime and waste taxpayers money. The taxes are also vile, 46% mill rate and no return on property ownership. Perfect example of why to leave Connecticut, don’t waste your time here unless you aspire to nothing.

  34. Amazing how Danbury is 8th on the WORST places in CT AND they ALSO have it ranked 8th on their BEST places in CT….. unbelievable!!!

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