These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In Connecticut

We used science to determine which cities in the Nutmeg State are the real pits.

Is Connecticut a perfect place? Far from it. In fact, there are lots of places in The Nutmeg State that are lousy.

In order to run an analysis on where the worst places in CT are located, we had to measure everything from crime, the local economy and even the public school funding.

The result? The 10 Worst Places To Live In Connecticut. Enjoy the video below.

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About Nick Johnson

Nick has been working and writing about real estate for almost ten years. He's written about everything from the best places to live to the most boring places to live.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 100,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.

22 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In Connecticut

  1. Wow. I’m not one to enjoy laughing at the misfortune of others but this piece did have its funny moments. Poor Bridgeport and its Subway, detergent, and DNA truck mini-montage– Ouch! But I’ve gotta at least stick up for New Haven and New London, sincerely two of my favorite CT places! While it’s true urban centers are usually areas with higher unemployment and crime rates (mostly because of the population density, transportation hubs and array of social services), there are also often quality of life measures which counter the negatives. In both The Elm City and The Whaling City, respectively, vibrant arts & music scenes including a number of high quality museums; diverse dining options; lovely parks & trees; walkable downtowns and an entrepreneurial spirit are features shared by both. Did you know New Haven Parks Dept. offers free monthly canoeing in its tranquil rivers from which you can see wildlife and forget you are in the city? And Yale is a Mecca off world-class free and low cost cultural offerings. Meanwhile, New London recently introduced a low-cost weekend water taxi service connecting various points along the Thames River and New London harbor to enhance its busy summer festival schedule and is one of the few local places with a Segway tour company. As is the case with many things, sometimes you’ve got to get out and see something to judge for yourself. From *Happy in nearby Niantic!*

    1. Well said. I didnt know they offered all those activities. Will keep it in mind for next yr when the weather gets warmer.

  2. I grew in bridgeport and I have never witnessed a traveling DNA truck anywhere. And I have visited a few subway in a few not so great neighnorhoods and I have never seen bullet proof windows…who is this person and I dont think he has never spent 1 minute in Bridgeport. This person needs to get a clue. Yes BPT is a city which has seen better days however like anywhere else, if you dont look for trouble, you will not find it. In Bridgeport there are good and bad areas. Like anywhere else. Maybe if we had a governor who were not incompetent and mayors who will do their jobs, Bridgeport could become a great city. Put people back to work and put more money back in the schools.

  3. I don’t Know, I’m From Willimantic and I don’t don’t carry a gun, a 40 or drive a hooptie or sport gang paraphernalia!!! SMH!!! Oh and nor have I ever done heroin…. You can’t categorize everyone from there like that!!! Also most of Windham is very nice. Someone really needs to check their facts.

    1. I lived in Coventry and Mansfield for 12 years from 1979 to 1991 so I was pretty well acquainted with Willimantic. Even then it was a mill town down on its luck, but the problems were nowhere near the scale mentioned in this article. I also don’t recall Windham being anything like what was described, but I suppose that time, an opiate epidemic and a totally clueless governor can do that. I no longer live in the state; I live in the Green Mountains but VT has its problems too.

    2. Not is like ‘ll other cities with the good and the bad. I grew up in Bpt still go there even thought I haven’t lived there in yrs but still have family there and I visit whenever i get a chance

  4. Derby, CT is ‘the little train that could’ unfortunately. So many of it’s kind people are not gainfully employed and just settle. It’s school funding while lower, over the years has transformed with sound capitol improvements and a good administration; but, something is missing. The town offers plenty of resources for the low-income citizens to remain keep stable. Everything is local government offices, restaurants, stores and upcoming improved rail system routes. It’s true gems are the Osborndale State Park, Riverwalk, The Green, a boat launch and wonderful library system. However – without waterfront and redevelopment to attract tourism or incentives for business, this little town cannot get lift. We need our own ‘Donald Trump’ and/or someone with vision and an open bureaucracy (not same old power brokers) to embrace same and catapult Derby out of the same old same old. Having lived in Stamford’s Urban Renewal era, and having worked on Imperial Beach, CA., General Plan I saw these cities transform out of these very doldrums! SYNERGY!

  5. Many of these areas have good attributes. I am also very offended by the not so humorous remarks about living in Willimantic. I still have family who live there in lovely neighborhoods who don’t carry a pistol and drink 40’s. Shame on you.

  6. Great way to typecast people in Willimantic, the borderline racist stock photos really lend you credibility! Whomever spent three minutes putting together this little project has obviously never been outside of their own, presumably WASP’y hometown. In order to appreciate any of these diverse, rich and exciting communities you might have to actually GO there, and no, sorry, Google Maps Streetview on your iPhone 7 doesn’t count.

  7. We moved from Valley to Waterbury 13 & 1/2 yrs ago, and must say…the nice rural areas in Waterbury are definitely here, I thank God we are fortunate to have found one such home….the valley, especially Derby, I am very sad to say, has seen a huge increase of all types of crime. I’m actually more worried about driving or walking, ( if I had to ), in certain areas of Derby that I used to without question, or a worry in the world, than I am in Waterbury, but areas I frequent…which are very limited.
    Derby’s sore spots have become the Hawthorne Ave., up through Hawkins St, the # ‘ d streets and into Elizabeth St. Also Minerva St, Olivia St., and ABSOLUTELY ANSON ST.

    Very sad to see neighborhoods , many which were once so friendly, and some primarily formed of particular ethnic I ties, be torn apart & burdened by bad individuals who have no respect for other humans, never mind property.
    Extremely sad…

  8. Not surprised to see Meriden on the list. I grew up in that dump of a town and fortunately left years ago. But my Mom held onto the family home even though my sister and I begged her repeatedly to sell and move away. We both saw the town going down hill as jobs and industry steadily left, but Mom wouldn’t listen. When she passed away a couple of years ago, we finally sold the house (it took months) and probably got half of what we could have gotten if it was located in one of the neighboring towns, like Southington. Crime, poverty, and bad schools of course lead to depressed property values, so while it may be easy to afford a house in Meriden, you will probably lose money when it is time to sell. So look elsewhere. Meriden is a dead town. It has no future.

    1. Yeah I kno that feeling. Lived in Meriden 17 years. Moved out finally last June. 2016 I couldn’t be any happier.

  9. I am sorry for anyone who’s perspective is so narrow as to place my hometown in a 10 worst list. I haven’t read your article, and don’t know your reasoning, but I know New London, and living there is an education and an honor for me.

    To be sure, it is a tiny city with a dense population. More than half of it is tax-exempt, and that makes it expensive to own a home there. But New London has been and continues to be a city with a heart in what has become a pretty heartless world.

    For most of my lifetime of 77 years New London was home to the only hospital, the only low-income housing, the only senior housing, the only colleges, the only poor and needy people permitted to live and grow in our part of the state. We provided first homes for a generation of professionals who would grow up and contribute to our community life, by offering moderate priced housing in Bates Woods and other government assisted residences. When successful natives moved to Waterford to enjoy nuclear-subsidized low taxes, their parents stayed on in places the city helped support.
    You probably noticed our meager storefronts while suburban malls beckons mere football fields away. Don’t you consider our access to those shopping meccas an advantage we too enjoy? Do you know of a PUBLIC beach comparable to Ocean Beach? Do you know what a bargain it is for us? Do you think because we occupy only 6 and 1/2 square miles that we are not allowed to revel in the many cultural riches which surround us? Have you been to a Coast Guard concert? Ever seen Fort Trumbull? Been on the tall ship,Eagle, while at our Pier? Been to a play at Shaw’s mansion, or a high school football game, or eaten at one of our restaurants which rate among the state’s best? We are within easy distance of two great cities, New York and Boston, and have the ferries, trains and buses to get us there and to Block Island and Long Island and Fisher’s Island. Yet most of us live in real neighborhoods with a mixed ethnic, religious and cultural diversity. We know our neighbors and live and work and worship among them.
    It is easy to look snidely at us when we are a little bit down. Yes, the wealthier communities around us have begun to build clinics, and retirement homes for the more comfortable. The movies and department stores prefer places where parking is close and the living is easy. But we are proud of our city and its environs. Our adjacent communities have amenities we enjoy as easily as we enjoy our own parks and water views and tree-lined streets. We are part of a region which offers an incomparable way of life, full of cultural diversity. We are as well educated as any community in the state, and have some of the region’s best schools. And, we are coming back. When hurricanes come, we sometimes say of our hundred-year old house, “It’s been here through many a storm. I guess I can count on it being here through the next one.” Well, the same is true of New London. In 1646 some far-seeing people settled down on these shores and said, “Let’s build a future here.” We haven’t changed our minds about that.

  10. CT used to good for everyone. ..
    Good for the %1ish…40,000 people have left. The productive middle , college grads and highly skilled labor. They want to go from Sanctuary cities to a sanctuary state. You think some competition for elective office might work but that is a false hope… Republicans in Connecticut are about as liberal as Democrats in New York state.

    1. Your right Sam it is a sanctuary state and too expensive, the governor has to go people are leaving no good jobs, tax this tax that I’m leaving next year can’t afford this state anymore no incentive to stay

  11. 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. Only a person will no roots in this city would write a piece with such ill regard. 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!

  12. Having left Connecticut after graduating from high school , I returned twenty years later to the shell of a once vibrant manufacturing powerhouse! I took note of the once hard working Blue collar population’s decline with the loss of manufacturing jobs as plants closed or moved to states more favorable to them and tax burdens much less burdensome to the company and it’s employees. The “Nanny State” that taxes and regulates productive people in excess, to maintain the comfortable social safety net come multigenerational safety hammock. The shell of once vibrant centers of commerce are filled with poorly educated or minimally motivated people ready and willing to accept and demand even more from the politicians, who buy their votes with the contents of the public treasury. All of this supported by a liberal coterie of paternalistic elites living in their $400,000. to $1,000,000+ homes on cul de sacs with children educated in private day schools or the well funded publics schools outside of the urban centers despair, crime and lost hope in the shadows of crumbling edifices of past industrial greatness. Yes ,Connecticut has lost the once glowing future for the middle class blue collar worker and their families. Now the darkness has descended upon the Nutmeg State, how the light of prosperity, hope, success can return is the million dollar question. For me leaving for another state is an easy option for a retired couple with good educations, plenty of assets along with children who have already fled the state.

  13. I love to hate this guy. I assume he’s trying to be well-informed and funny. He is neither.
    How Willimantic made the top of the list shows just how uninformed he really is.
    Perhaps he should be explaining the cons of eating glue to preschoolers, a topic better suited to his research skills.

  14. The way I see it the entire state is f***ed no thanks to the incompetency of Gov. Dannel Malloy and our lawmakers. 9 years ago, I spent a very brief 2 1/2 years in CA (During the 2008 recession) and it was a freaking nightmare (Unless you were a lawyer, big time actor or some kind of a doctor). I couldn’t wait to come home to CT. I did and CT seemed to have been trudging through the recession like a champ. Yeah, it got whacked like most states did but it wasn’t nearly as bad as other parts in the country. Then Malloy implements the largest tax increase in state history (In the middle of the recession!). Business and people (Upper middle class and the rich) begin fleeing out of CT like it’s ground zero during the Apocalypse. He does nothing to keep them to stay and others to want to live/do business here. Not for nothing but CT needs it’s wealthy businesses and residents to keep it afloat. On top of that we have Sanctuary cities. New Haven is a freaking hell hole. Flash forward to the year 2017 and we are BILLIONS in the hole. We are in dire straits and there doesn’t seem to be ANY end in sight except implement more tax increases, toll roads and fund projects that can completely be put off until our economy improves. You think your town is a hell hole now? Just wait!

  15. A lot of these towns get a bum wrap from this haphazard listing.
    I moved to Derby from New York, its a wonderful place to raise my family, great people ,places and community. Affordable homes, beautiful victorian houses. State parks and Nature conservatory, wetlands …lots of wildlife, the riverwalk, Lots of history. Yes the downtown is in need of some redevelopment…The crime is no different than any where else…if anything, its always some outsider in town… you just hear about it more because the town has the superior court and all you hear is out of Derby though the crime was committed in another town…
    Shelton is at the other end of the spectrum yet they share so much with Derby and vice versa…I see no posts about their issues which get swept under the rug like other communities not on the list so I see issues here…Vibrant arts community, excellent library system with 2 fantastic full service libraries that are open six days a week with long hours, schools get a bum wrap. both my kids graduated from the system and were tested at the top percentage in the state . Both got full scholarships to the colleges of their choice. I am involved in the community . I work the streets everyday and have a successful business on Elizabeth Street for 8 years with out an issue. I walk the streets in the morning , noon and night, folks say hello and are friendly for the most part…I don’t see the issues at hand . Everytown has that one or two streets with questionable activity. My parents live in a wealthy community in New York, Probably in the top 20 affluent areas in the country. They had child abductions, a couple of violent murders , bodies found in bags etc…the place never faltered on any listing… This list is biased. I hate to say it but Newtown had that horrible incident a few years ago … Somehow that town didn’t make any bad lists that year…Just saying…

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