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Population At-Risk Ranking

Data Used for the Population At-Risk Ranking:

We have ranked towns based on an examination of income and socioeconomic characteristics, such as income, education, age, vehicle ownership, and the presence of children in the household. The town's overall poverty rate and unemployment rate are included in this analysis.

Considerations for Interpreting the Population At-Risk Ranking:

  • Poverty and unemployment rates in the town create a higher risk for food insecurity.
  • Households that lack private vehicles may find it more difficult to find affordable, nutritious, healthy food.
  • The educational attainment of town residents positively impacts population at-risk rankings and thus helps reduce the risk of food insecurity.
  • The population at-risk ranking does not consider the racial composition of the town residents.
  • Supplemental income, such as retirement benefits or other support, are not considered in this ranking.

 

Population At-Risk Ranking

Top 10

Bottom 10

1

Weston

160

Norwich

2

Darien

161

North Canaan

3

New Canaan

162

East Hartford

4

Wilton

163

New London

5

Easton

164

Waterbury

6

Westport

165

Windham

7

Ridgefield

166

Bridgeport

8

Redding

167

New Britain

9

Madison

168

New Haven

10

Simsbury

169

Hartford

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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