|Income Inequality in Greater New Haven
Income inequality has grown dramatically in the past four decades. Since 1980, the number of Greater New Haven residents living in middle class neighborhoods has shrunk while the populations of affluent and poor neighborhoods have more than doubled. One in ten residents in our region is living in poverty.
Poor neighborhoods have less access to community resources such as well-funded schools, parks, and health care services, which put the residents who live there at risk of negative health and quality of life outcomes.
Within Greater New Haven, 44 percent of households spend more than the federally-recommended one-third of their income on housing costs. Lack of affordable housing also can force people to live farther from their jobs, impacting their stability and quality of life.
Food insecurity is trending in the right direction. One in seven residents in the region, and one in five in New Haven, report not having enough money to buy food over the course of a year, a condition known as food insecurity.
This compares to three years ago when one in five Greater New Haven residents and one in three New Haven residents reported being food insecure.
See these and other indicators in The Community Progress Report: Measuring the Wellbeing of Greater New Haven.