Worst Small Towns In Connecticut For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth 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 64 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 2020? 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.

The 10 Worst Small Towns In Connecticut For 2020

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6
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Population: 2,450
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $152,300 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 15.0% (2nd worst)
More on Poquonock Bridge:  Data

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5
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Population: 1,061
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $197,300 (21st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.1% (4th worst)
More on New Hartford Center:  Data

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5
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Population: 2,906
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 9)
Median Home Value: $171,800 (12th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.3% (3rd worst)
More on Oxoboxo River:  Data

Stafford Springs, CT

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 4,947
Rank Last Year: -
Median Home Value: $167,900 (11th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.3% (15th worst)
More on Stafford Springs:  Data | Photos

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5
/10

Population: 3,943
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $164,600 (10th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.7% (6th worst)
More on Moosup:  Data

Jewett City, CT

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Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 3,411
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $161,200 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.5% (9th worst)
More on Jewett City:  Data | Photos

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,113
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $159,100 (7th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.9% (11th worst)
More on Plainfield Village:  Data

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5
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Population: 3,983
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $149,200 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 5.8% (30th worst)
More on Danielson:  Data

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4
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Population: 1,271
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 6)
Median Home Value: $181,500 (16th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.1% (18th worst)
More on North Grosvenor Dale:  Data

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,227
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 7)
Median Home Value: $182,000 (17th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 4.3% (42nd worst)
More on Canaan:  Data

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 2020

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 2014-2018 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 - 64 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.

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. Southport (Pop. 1,664)
  2. Georgetown (Pop. 1,824)
  3. Glenville (Pop. 2,499)

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 2,450 15.0% $152,300
2 New Hartford Center 1,061 12.1% $197,300
3 Oxoboxo River 2,906 13.3% $171,800
4 Stafford Springs 4,947 9.3% $167,900
5 Moosup 3,943 11.7% $164,600
6 Jewett City 3,411 10.5% $161,200
7 Plainfield Village 2,113 9.9% $159,100
8 Danielson 3,983 5.8% $149,200
9 North Grosvenor Dale 1,271 9.1% $181,500
10 Canaan 1,227 4.3% $182,000
11 Baltic 1,182 7.2% $172,500
12 Waterford 2,796 7.0% $195,600
13 Westbrook Center 2,075 11.5% $383,500
14 Wauregan 1,321 12.1% $163,900
15 Quinebaug 1,327 9.3% $186,100
16 Moodus 1,610 9.6% $254,800
17 Broad Brook 4,766 5.1% $233,900
18 Thomaston 1,793 2.6% $199,200
19 Clinton 3,453 5.3% $281,200
20 Long Hill 4,191 5.2% $98,500
21 South Windham 1,533 1.3% $145,200
22 Higganum 1,496 6.8% $293,300
23 Heritage Village 4,143 7.6% $154,100
24 Tariffville 1,391 4.0% $203,600
25 Suffield Depot 1,334 9.2% $256,300
26 Terryville 4,900 4.0% $185,700
27 Watertown 3,324 11.2% $236,000
28 East Hampton 2,760 6.6% $237,400
29 Litchfield 1,244 5.2% $343,000
30 Old Saybrook Center 1,881 10.4% $463,700
31 Northwest Harwinton 3,244 3.6% $268,100
32 Deep River Center 2,448 2.8% $268,300
33 Salmon Brook 2,438 7.9% $251,200
34 Canton Valley 1,525 0.8% $215,800
35 Byram 4,216 5.5% $660,300
36 Hazardville 4,896 5.8% $178,400
37 Lakeville 1,154 0.0% $379,200
38 Old Mystic 3,513 4.4% $238,000
39 Coventry Lake 2,749 7.0% $172,200
40 Bethlehem Village 1,798 4.9% $300,700
41 Madison Center 2,519 7.1% $585,300
42 Lake Pocotopaug 3,413 4.5% $256,400
43 Chester Center 1,653 0.0% $356,100
44 South Coventry 1,117 2.6% $237,900
45 Pemberwick 4,114 6.9% $629,200
46 Woodbury Center 1,449 4.1% $365,100
47 Niantic 2,872 4.2% $294,000
48 Somers 1,887 0.8% $247,500
49 South Woodstock 1,181 0.0% $212,500
50 Guilford Center 2,618 2.2% $393,300
51 Noank 1,487 5.7% $396,100
52 Essex Village 2,595 3.0% $489,100
53 Saybrook Manor 1,103 2.5% $401,300
54 Durham 2,631 2.5% $288,800
55 Ne 1,949 7.2% $409,400
56 Mystic 4,221 2.8% $413,700
57 West Simsbury 2,523 3.6% $375,900
58 Weatogue 2,788 3.0% $322,200
59 Woodmont 1,698 3.7% $348,300
60 Crystal Lake 2,231 2.7% $340,600
61 Collinsville 3,514 3.1% $311,000
62 Southport 1,664 2.6% $855,100
63 Georgetown 1,824 3.0% $657,600
64 Glenville 2,499 4.3% $800,900

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