Ask anyone who doesn’t live in Connecticut what our state is like, and you’ll likely get some verbal illustration of Greenwich: Rich people, beautiful mansions, tennis, and being close to New York.
Ask anyone who does live in Connecticut what our state is like, and you’ll get the full picture: We are not Greenwich and most of the state is far from it.
Of course, there’s no denying that both of those ideas are true to some extent. Greenwich and Fairfield County do tend to have a wealthier population while much of the rest of the state is more typically middle class. So it should come as no surprise that one area of Connecticut is home base for the worst income inequality in the country.
The Brookings Institution just published a study on the subject of income inequality and found that Connecticut’s Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk area had the worst income inequality of any metropolitan area in the country.
That’s a bummer of a ranking, but we can’t say we’re all that surprised. With the way our government spends money and taxes its constituents, it’s hard to sustain wealth in Connecticut, let alone grow it. No wonder everyone is leaving.