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.
1 in 10 Connecticut residents report being unable to afford food. In urban areas, the number is 1 in 6. Learn more from DataHaven's most recent Community Wellbeing Survey preliminary data.