Environmental Justice Communities
DECD List of Distressed Municipalities
|021 Distressed Municipalities||2021 Distressed Municipalities|
|Ranked by Score||In town alphabetical order|
|East Hartford||1279||12||New Britain||1359||4|
|New Britain||1271||13||New London||1366||3|
|Source: 2020 Census, American Community Survey, DOL, DOE|
|Prepared by DECD Research|
Defined Census Blocks within Other Affected Towns - NEW MAP
These municipalities are not distressed, but have census block groups with 30% of their population living below 200% of the federal poverty level. Refer to the NEW UPDATED MAP to view the updated 2020 Environmental Justice Census Block Groups. This map also includes the distressed municipalities listed above.
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DECD Methodology: Weighted components are summed to measure the rank of the 169 towns. For each component, every town is ranked from 1 to 169, with the best town scoring 1 and worst 169. The top 25 towns with highest total scores are designated distressed municipalities.
DECD’s components and weight
- Per capita income for 2018, weight 1;
- % of poverty in population for 2018, weight 1;
- Unemployment rate for 2019, weight 2;
- % change in population from 2000 to 2010, weight 1;
- % change in employment from 2009 to 2019, weight 1;
- % change in per capita income from 2000 to 2018, weight 1;
- % of house stock built before 1939 in 2018, weight 1/3;
- % population with high school degree and higher in 2018, weight 1; and
- Per Capita Adjusted Equalized Net Grand List in 2020-2021, weight 1.
According to C.G.S. Section 32-9p, a distressed municipality should be based on “high unemployment and poverty, aging housing stock and low or declining rates of growth in job creation, population, and per capita income.”
DECD additionally included 1) Level of Per Capita Income, 2) % of population with high school degree and higher and 3) Per Capita Adjusted Equalized Net Grand List (AENGL) to arrive at its ranking.
Data sources: 2020 Census, American Community Survey, DOL, DOE
Prepared by DECD Research; September 2021
For further information on statistical indicators, view the Distressed Municipalities and Public Investment Communities prepared by the Office of Legislative Research.
Content Last Updated October 2021