Connecticut is one of the wealthiest states in the nation, which compounded with its highly skilled workforce, makes the cost of living very high.1 The state was one of three states in the nation with the highest median household income in 2007.2
Child poverty in Connecticut has not improved in recent years, according to the U.S. Census Bureau:
- In 2007, 10.6% of Connecticut children under 18 (85,530 children) lived in a family with income below the Federal Poverty Level ($21.027 for a two-parent family with two children).
This data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) represents no improvement from the 2004 level (10.1%).3
- One in four (25.1%) Connecticut children lived in a household with income below 200%of the Federal Poverty Level in 2007.4
Poverty in Connecticut is concentrated in urban areas.
Children living in poverty are unevenly distributed across Connecticut’s 169 towns. While 38 towns had child poverty rates of less than 2% in the 2000 Census, seven towns had a rate above 23%, led by Hartford.5
In 2007, the state’s largest cities had extremely high child poverty rates — Hartford (47.0%), Waterbury (31.4%), New Haven (28.7%) and Bridgeport (28.4%).6
THE TWO CONNECTICUTS
The gap between high-wage and low-wage workers is growing.
From 1989 to 2007, the ratio of Connecticut workers’ wages at the 90th percentile to the wages of workers at the 10th percentile rose from three and a half times to almost five times. This gap is the seventh highest in the country, and contributes to much wider gaps in total income and wealth.9
Minority children are more likely to live in poverty.
In 2005, Latino/Hispanic and African American children in Connecticut were seven times more likely to live in poverty than white, non-Hispanic youth.10Read full report: Child Poverty in Connecticut: January 2009