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Environmental Justice Communities

The applicable facilities must be located in a municipality on the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) list of distressed municipalities (also listed here below) or in a defined census block (see new map link below) to be considered under section 22a-20a of the General Statutes and the Environmental Justice Policy.
 
View the DECD Methodology (listed below) used to determine the rank of the 169 CT towns with respect to distressed municipalities. 

DECD List of Distressed Municipalities

021 Distressed Municipalities 2021 Distressed Municipalities
Ranked by Score In town alphabetical order

Windham 1432 1 Ansonia 1384 3
Norwich 1408 2 Bridgeport 1297 11
Ansonia 1384 3 Chaplin 1224 17
New London 1370 4 Derby 1360 6
Griswold 1362 5 East Hartford 1279 12
Derby 1360 6 East Haven 1138 25
Hartford 1347 7 Griswold 1362 5
Waterbury 1332 8 Groton 1210 19 
Sprague 1317 9 Hartford 1347 7
Montville 1303 10 Meriden 1166 23
Bridgeport 1297 11 Montville 1303 10
East Hartford 1279 12 New Britain 1359 4
New Britain 1271 13 New London 1366 3
Winchester 1239 14 Norwich 1408 2
Torrington 1239 15 Plainfield 1231 16
Plainfield 1231 16 Putnam 1170 21
Chaplin 1224 17 Spraque 1317 9
Voluntown 1211 18 Sterling 1170 22
Groton 1210 19 Stratford 1140 24
West Haven 1188 20 Torrington 1239 15
Putnam 1170 21 Voluntown
1211 18
Sterling  1170 22 Waterbury 1332 8
Meriden 1166 23 West Haven 1188 20
Stratford 1140 24 Winchester 1239 14
East Haven 1138 25 Windham 1432 1
Source: 2020 Census, American Community Survey, DOL, DOE
Prepared by DECD Research
9/2/2021

Defined Census Blocks within Other Affected Towns - NEW MAP

Map of CT EJ communities

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.

For further information, please contact Edith Pestana of the Environmental Justice Program at edith.pestana@ct.gov or by phone at 860-424-3044.

 
 

 

 

DECD Methodolgy to Determine Distressed Municipalities Ranking

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

  1. Per capita income for 2018, weight 1;
  2. % of poverty in population for 2018, weight 1;
  3. Unemployment rate for 2019, weight 2;
  4. % change in population from 2000 to 2010, weight 1;
  5. % change in employment from 2009 to 2019, weight 1;
  6. % change in per capita income from 2000 to 2018, weight 1;
  7. % of house stock built before 1939 in 2018, weight 1/3;
  8. % population with high school degree and higher in 2018, weight 1; and
  9. 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.

 

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Content Last Updated October 2021