Coming in 8th, Hartford’s unemployment rate and high cost of living were its undoing. Not only that, Hartford also is one of the most under-educated cities in America.
Hartford has the 7th highest unemployment rate, at 10.4%. The national average is 5.3%. Also, Hartford witnessed a 0.7% decline in its population last year. On top of that, it costs 17 cents more on the dollar in Hartford than nationwide, making it one of the most expensive cities to live in, too. Nearly 30% of its residents live below the poverty line, which is double the national average.
Hartford also experienced one of the highest and worst violent crime rates in the nation, too. It had 1,141 violent crimes per 100,000 residents in 2015.
So, who wants to take back that study that claimed Hartford was 31st best place to live in the nation?