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:
- Falls Village
- Mansfield Center
- New Preston
- 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.
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.
Population: 231 Median Income: $73,750
Median Home Value: $225,000
Population: 829 Median Income: $52,375
Median Home Value: $215,400
Population: 491 Median Income: $51,518
Median Home Value: $227,800
Population: 903 Median Income: $61,679
Median Home Value: $347,900
5. Falls Village
Population: 490 Median Income: $68,636
Median Home Value: $293,800
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
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.
- Best: Terramuggus
- 2nd Best: Groton Long Point
- 3rd Best: Wilton Center
For more reading, check out:
Ranking Of The 100 Worst Small Towns In Connecticut
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