These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Connecticut For 2019


Using science and data, we can tell you which teeny specks in Connecticut are the 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 . This is our fourth time ranking the worst small places to live in Connecticut.

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Most Americans have never been to Connecticut. However, as the people who live there know, Connecticut is an awesome state.

But is it all roses? Definitely not. Just like any other state, Connecticut has its trouble spots. This article aims to determine, using science, the absolute worst small towns to live in the Constitution State. Don’t shoot the messenger, this is all using data.

After analyzing more than 63 of Connecticut’s smallest cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst small towns in Connecticut where you’d never want to live:

So what is the worst small town to call home in Connecticut for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Poquonock Bridge is the worst small town to live in Connecticut.

Of course, many of these cities would rank highly if they were in other states, since Connecticut has its stuff figured out.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers, or scroll to the bottom to see how your town ranked.

And if you already know about the small towns, check out the best places to live in Connecticut or the worst places to live in Connecticut.

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

How do you decide if a place is lousy or not?

In order to rank the worst small towns to live in Connecticut, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, things to do and a stable economy.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we determined the worst small towns to live in Connecticut for 2019

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data and the Census’s 2013-2017 American Community Survey, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (The lower the worse)
  • Highest Unemployment Rates
  • Low housing costs (meaning there’s no demand)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
  • Education (Number of high school dropouts)
  • High Crime

We looked at cities with populations between 1,000 and 5,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 63 to be exact.

Additional note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. Dropout numbers are based on the adult population, not just the current graduation rates of teenagers.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.

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Population: 2,233
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $147,600 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.2% (6th worst)
More on Poquonock Bridge:  Data

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5
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Population: 1,161
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $191,400 (16th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.4% (7th worst)
More on New Hartford Center:  Data

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5
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Population: 1,148
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $172,600 (13th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.9% (21st worst)
More on Baltic:  Data

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4
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Population: 1,086
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $182,400 (14th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.1% (9th worst)
More on North Grosvenor Dale:  Data

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Population: 2,785
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 9)
Median Home Value: $192,300 (18th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.8% (14th worst)
More on Waterford:  Data

Jewett City, CT

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5
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Population: 3,443
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $156,600 (7th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.9% (10th worst)
More on Jewett City:  Data | Photos

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5
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Population: 3,499
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $164,900 (9th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.4% (12th worst)
More on Moosup:  Data

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5
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Population: 1,768
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $342,800 (50th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 20.0% (1st worst)
More on Westbrook Center:  Data | Photos

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5
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Population: 3,991
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $147,600 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.1% (19th worst)
More on Danielson:  Data

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5
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Population: 1,708
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $200,200 (20th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 17.8% (3rd worst)
More on East Brooklyn:  Data

There You Have It – The Worst Small Towns In Connecticut

If you’re analyzing teeny places in the Constitution State with the worst economic situations, where there’s high crime and there’s not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the best small towns to live in Connecticut, according to science:

  1. West Simsbury (Pop. 2,387)
  2. Southport (Pop. 1,687)
  3. Georgetown (Pop. 1,869)

For more Connecticut reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Connecticut

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Poquonock Bridge 2,233 12.2% $147,600
2 New Hartford Center 1,161 11.4% $191,400
3 Baltic 1,148 8.9% $172,600
4 North Grosvenor Dale 1,086 11.1% $182,400
5 Waterford 2,785 9.8% $192,300
6 Jewett City 3,443 10.9% $156,600
7 Moosup 3,499 10.4% $164,900
8 Westbrook Center 1,768 20.0% $342,800
9 Danielson 3,991 9.1% $147,600
10 East Brooklyn 1,708 17.8% $200,200
11 Plainfield Village 2,039 8.5% $158,400
12 Oxoboxo River 2,938 6.7% $168,800
13 Wauregan 1,381 19.2% $169,300
14 Quinebaug 1,545 9.3% $195,400
15 Moodus 1,076 11.2% $224,700
16 Pawcatuck 4,999 7.6% $245,200
17 Canaan 1,123 1.2% $192,300
18 Broad Brook 4,687 6.4% $234,100
19 Thomaston 1,799 0.6% $190,400
20 Mansfield Center 1,039 9.9% $222,700
21 South Windham 1,302 1.6% $137,800
22 Northwest Harwinton 3,216 4.7% $255,900
23 Clinton 3,576 7.0% $291,000
24 Deep River Center 2,435 3.1% $266,700
25 Old Saybrook Center 1,981 13.9% $476,300
26 Colchester 4,879 7.4% $201,700
27 Heritage Village 3,880 9.2% $151,800
28 Watertown 3,608 14.1% $235,900
29 Higganum 1,708 5.0% $279,000
30 Old Mystic 3,546 3.4% $233,000
31 Tariffville 1,226 6.8% $205,900
32 South Woodstock 1,262 2.8% $211,300
33 Somers 1,844 5.0% $242,200
34 Byram 4,601 4.6% $640,100
35 Canton Valley 1,489 2.5% $245,000
36 Litchfield 1,327 4.8% $335,600
37 South Coventry 1,361 2.3% $282,400
38 Coventry Lake 2,932 6.3% $168,700
39 East Hampton 2,791 5.2% $237,800
40 Long Hill 4,528 0.7% $133,600
41 Bethlehem Village 1,923 5.8% $328,200
42 Salmon Brook 2,549 7.1% $250,800
43 Woodbury Center 1,545 5.0% $303,400
44 Noank 1,602 7.1% $436,000
45 Chester Center 1,760 0.0% $345,800
46 Niantic 2,918 5.6% $281,500
47 Glenville 2,264 8.3% $760,300
48 Lake Pocotopaug 3,479 2.8% $254,000
49 Crystal Lake 2,109 3.0% $325,800
50 Madison Center 2,737 9.1% $551,500
51 Pemberwick 4,281 8.1% $666,300
52 Essex Village 2,477 4.8% $409,600
53 Ne 1,972 8.1% $398,600
54 Collinsville 3,551 4.9% $275,900
55 Guilford Center 2,521 1.8% $366,400
56 Durham 2,777 1.8% $295,500
57 Mystic 4,268 3.5% $416,100
58 Woodmont 1,536 4.2% $340,300
59 Saybrook Manor 1,055 2.7% $375,800
60 Weatogue 2,935 2.6% $317,600
61 West Simsbury 2,387 1.9% $375,500
62 Southport 1,687 6.0% $741,000
63 Georgetown 1,869 3.4% $675,800

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