How Connecticut compares on poverty, income, education

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Among the states, Connecticut ranks low in poverty and high in median household income, according to new Census figures released last week.

Trend CT has already looked at how Connecticut compares to other states in renting and home ownership, but today we’re looking at other economic factors. The Census Bureau’s 2014 five-year Annual Community Survey is rich with information, and we’ll be revisiting and drilling into what it says about Connecticut and its residents.

Nearly 365,000 people in Connecticut live below the poverty level. That’s about 10.5 percent of the state population, which gives Connecticut the fourth lowest percentage of residents in poverty.

New Hampshire leads all other states with about 9 percent, and Mississippi is in last place with 22.6 percent.

In Connecticut, nearly one of three residents in Hartford is living below the poverty line. In the towns of Windham, New Haven and New London, that ratio is one of four residents. Union and Marlborough, however, have the lowest percentages of residents living in poverty at less than 1 percent. However, the smaller the population, the higher the margin of error in the census estimates. Unsurprisingly, Connecticut ranks high in median household income at nearly $70,000 a year. Maryland, New Jersey and Alaska are the only states that come out ahead. On the other end of the spectrum, Mississippi and Arkansas rank low at around $40,000 median income.

Weston, Darien and New Canaan are the three Connecticut towns with the highest median household incomes at $208,000, $199,000, and $180,000 respectively.

Hartford, New Haven, and New Britain have the lowest median household incomes at $29,000, $37,500, and $40,500.

Compared to the other states, Connecticut ranks 8th in percent of residents whose highest educational attainment was a bachelor’s degree. More than one in five residents have graduated from college. Colorado ranks number one with almost 24 percent.

West Virginia and Kentucky do not rank as high at 12 and 13 percent respectively.

Darien, Weston, and Wilton had the most residents whose highest educational degree is a bachelors with 43, 42, and 41 percent of their residents respectively.

Lisbon and Sterling have the smallest ratio of degree holders at around 7 percent each.

What do you think?

  • Don Noel

    Fascinating, as always good stuff. May I assume residents without bachelor’s degrees include children?

  • Joseph Brzezinski

    A good adjunct to the poverty ststistics, would be a visual on the percentage of public school enrollmen’s eligible for free or reduced lunch programs. Education generally accounts for over halb of all local expense,

  • Laurel Killough

    Yes, is that percent of total residents or residents 25+ who hold bachelors degrees? And is the map of CT towns representing the percentage of the population with a bachelor’s degree or the percentage whose highest educational degree is a bachelors – i.e. not including those with graduate degrees?

  • 00000000001

    With no broad base state income tax, no broad base sales tax, lower gasoline, alcohol & tobacco taxation, and with modestly lower property taxes, New Hampshire has a lower poverty rate than does Connecticut. In other words, tax dollar for tax dollar, the residents of New Hampshire receive a lot more bang for their much lower taxes. In Connecticut, there are many non-wealthy residents, with the state & local tax burden consuming up to 25% of their income, these people should stop and think about what the hell am I receiving for all the big taxation that I pay?