These Two Cities Named as Worst Run Cities in Connecticut State

A new poll from WalletHub says that two of Connecticut’s biggest cities are the worst-run in New England and are among the worst-run cities in the country.

New Haven got 126 out of a possible 149 stars in the study, while Hartford got 142. The only other city in New England that got a lower score was Burlington, Vermont, which got a score of 97. The best score in New England went to Warwick, Rhode Island, which was ranked as the tenth-best-run city.

New Haven got a score of 34 for the level of its city services and a score of 103 for the amount of money it spends on each person. Hartford got a score of 145 for the level of its city services and a score of 119 for the amount of money it spends on each person.

Bridgeport also had the fourth lowest infant mortality rate of the towns that were surveyed. It was lower than Spokane, Washington, San Diego, California, and Yonkers, New York, which was ranked first.

The unemployment rate in Hartford was also the fifth highest of the places that were surveyed. Burlington, on the other hand, had the lowest unemployment rate along with four other places. It was the next worst city in New England. The cost of living-adjusted median yearly household income in Hartford was also one of the lowest. Only Detroit, Michigan, and Gary, Indiana had lower scores.

The study also had a more in-depth look at how each city did on the issues of financial stability, education, health, safety, the economy, infrastructure, and pollution. The poll used 36 metrics across the six categories and graded them on a 100-point scale, where 100 points meant that the city provided the best services possible. To get an overall “Quality of City Services” score, the average score each city got in all six categories was weighted. This score was then divided by each city’s total budget per capita to get a “score per dollar spent” index, which was then used to rank the cities.

The Moody’s credit grade for each city was the most important thing for the financial stability category. This study looked at how well a city’s K–12 schools worked twice as much as its high school completion rate. The health group gave the most weight to infant mortality and average life expectancy. When figuring out a city’s safety score, violent and property crime rates, as well as the number of car deaths per person, were the most important factors. When figuring out a city’s economic number, the unemployment rate was given the most weight. The best roads and how fun it is to play outside were the most important factors in figuring out a city’s infrastructure and pollution scores.

New Haven did best in the area of infrastructure and pollution, where it got a 13 out of 149 score. It got the next-best score in health, where it was ranked 58th. It scored lower in other areas as well, with an education score of 126, a safety score of 103, an economy score of 136, and a financial stability score of 144 out of 149 cities that were looked at.

Hartford did best in infrastructure and pollution, where it got the fifth-best rating. It got 49 out of 149 for the standard of its health services, which was the next best score. The city had the worst economy of all the cities that were looked at, and its financial stability was put 147th, which was third-worst. It was also ranked 132 for safety and 106 for schooling.

On the other hand, Warwick, which got the best overall score of all the places in New England that were ranked, had the second-best safety score. The schools there were ranked 42nd and the safety was ranked 54th. That same year, the city got an 82 for health, a 98 for infrastructure and pollution, and a 101 for being financially stable.

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