Connecticut suburbs, per person, spend more than cities. That’s the conclusion of an article by CT Mirror reporters Keith Phaneuf and Clarice Silber. In an examination of wealth inequality, the story declares … “when municipal spending is examined on a per capita basis, it’s Connecticut’s suburbs–and particularly those in Fairfield County–that lead the way in spending.”
After Hartford at 19, the rank of the other distressed municipalities and their per capita spending were:
— Derby, 27, spending $4,438;
— New Haven, 41, $4,213;
— East Hartford, 57, $4,026;
— Bridgeport, 71, $3,907;
— Waterbury, 78, $3,852;
— Naugatuck, 82, $3,818.
A wealthy suburb of nearly 28,000, Westport is home to one of the worlds’ largest hedge funds, Bridgewater Associates, and about an hour by rail from Wall Street. With a median household income of $166,307, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, only 4.4 percent of Westport’s population is below the poverty level.
Meanwhile, Bridgeport–the state’s largest city with 146,000 people–struggles with some of the highest unemployment and violent crime rates in the state.
More than 20 percent of its residents live at or below the federal poverty level and the median household income is $43,137, or about one-quarter that of Westport.
About 58 percent of the homeless in coastal Fairfield County reside in Bridgeport, said Pam Ralston, a manager for the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness. The city also received nearly 10,000 phone calls in 2017 from people making housing and shelter requests.
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