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Food Retail Ranking

Data Used for the Food Retail Ranking:

We have ranked towns based on an examination of food retail options [see box] and geographic proximity from town population centers. We do not include convenience stores in this analysis. In this ranking we have eliminated the town boundaries in determining the majority of food options available for a resident of a particular town.

 

Considerations for Interpreting the Food Retail Ranking:


• Rankings were developed with consideration of where people live in the town and the roads available for travel.
• When looking at food retail options it is important to consider not just the closest food retailer but all of the food retail options within a 10 minute drive from the town population centers.
• Locally grown food, such as farmers markets, farm stands, CSAs, and food co-ops provide for additional opportunities for residents to purchase accessible and nutritious food.
• For towns with limited retail food options within their town boundaries, proximity to towns with more retail food options has a positive impact on their ranking.
• A town’s food retail ranking provides no information about the price, freshness, or nutritional quality of the food available through retail food establishments

 

Food Retailer Definitions

Supermarkets - full-line grocery stores and supercenters with annual sales > $2 million.

Grocery Stores - smaller food stores with annual sales < $2 million or offering a limited selection of items or primarily natural/organic/gourmet foods.

Wholesale Clubs - membership club stores offering bulk food packages.

Mass Merchandisers - primarily offering general merchandise with a secondary food section.

Local Foods - farmers market, community farms, CSAs, and farm stands.

Fast Food Restaurants - major national fast food chains.

See study information methodology for more detailed definitions.

 

Food Retail Ranking

Top 10

Bottom 10

1

East Hartford

160

Thompson

2

Manchester

161

Woodstock

3

Bridgeport

162

Sterling

4

West Haven

163

East Haddam

5

Hartford

164

Norfolk

6

New Haven

165

Eastford

7

Waterbury

166

Salisbury

8

Milford

167

Cornwall

9

Stratford

168

Sharon

10

Ridgefield

169

Union

Read the How to Interpret Rankings section to understand these results.

 

These rankings are useful for evaluating relative need and performance between towns. For an easier visual presentation we provide maps with the results divided up into quartiles.  It is important to keep in mind that this approach necessitates that one quarter of the towns will rank in the bottom quartile. A town which ranks in the bottom quartile, therefore, may be performing poorly relative to other towns in the state, but our study makes no attempt to measure how a town is performing relative to the region or nation

 

 

 

 

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Charles J. Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy
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