These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Connecticut For 2018


Using science and data, we can tell you which teeny specks in Connecticut are the pits.

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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 12 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:

  1. Mashantucket
  2. Bantam
  3. Norfolk
  4. Lakeville
  5. Falls Village
  6. Brooklyn
  7. Mansfield Center
  8. Stonington
  9. New Preston
  10. Wilton Center

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.

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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 crunched the numbers

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 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 100 and 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 12 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.

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1. Mashantucket


Population: 231
Median Income: $73,750
Median Home Value: $225,000

2. Bantam


Population: 829
Median Income: $52,375
Median Home Value: $215,400

3. Norfolk


Population: 491
Median Income: $51,518
Median Home Value: $227,800

4. Lakeville


Population: 903
Median Income: $61,679
Median Home Value: $347,900

5. Falls Village

Source: Public Domain

Population: 490
Median Income: $68,636
Median Home Value: $293,800

6. Brooklyn


Population: 906
Median Income: $101,731
Median Home Value: $222,400

7. Mansfield Center


Population: 969
Median Income: $90,469
Median Home Value: $233,700

8. Stonington


Population: 973
Median Income: $74,297
Median Home Value: $491,900

9. New Preston


Population: 996
Median Income: $81,938
Median Home Value: $364,000

10. Wilton Center


Population: 675
Median Income: $64,375
Median Home Value: $350,000

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. Best: Terramuggus
  2. 2nd Best: Groton Long Point
  3. 3rd Best: Wilton Center

For more reading, check out:

  • 10 Worst Places To Live In Connecticut
  • 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Connecticut
  • These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Connecticut For 2018
  • Ranking Of The 100 Worst Small Towns In Connecticut

    City Rank Population Home Price
    Mashantucket 1 231 $225,000
    Bantam 2 829 $215,400
    Norfolk 3 491 $227,800
    Lakeville 4 903 $347,900
    Falls Village 5 490 $293,800
    Brooklyn 6 906 $222,400
    Mansfield Center 7 969 $233,700
    Stonington 8 973 $491,900
    New Preston 9 996 $364,000
    Wilton Center 10 675 $350,000
    Groton Long Point 11 477 $766,700
    Terramuggus 12 934 $257,300

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