Institutional Research

Community Comparisons:
Poverty, Unemployment and Crime Rates

What the data is: Poverty, unemployment and crime rates for the state as a whole and for the communities within the HCC service area.

How to use the data: This data can be used to learn more about the communities the college serves and as a starting point for research. The data cannot be used, by itself, to conclude that correlations or causation exist between the values shown.

State (Connecticut) Rates
2013 Unemployment Rate (%) 7.8%
2012 Poverty Rate (%) 10.0%
2012 Crime Rate (per 100,000 residents) 2,433


HCC Service Area 2012 Poverty Rate (%) 2013 Unemployment Rate (%) 2012 Crime Rate (per 100,000)
Ansonia 13.9% 9.3% 2,480
Bridgeport 23.6% 11.8% 4,699
Derby 13.3% 8.4% 3,253
Easton 1.3% 5.7% 522
Fairfield 4.1% 6.5% 2,210
Milford 4.7% 6.9% 2,959
Monroe 4.0% 6.2% 798
Seymour 6.8% 7.7% 1,086
Shelton 4.4% 7.0% 1,138
Stratford 6.4% 8.5% 2,893
Trumbull 2.2% 6.2% 1,521


Sources/Definitions: For all data, the source is CERC Town Profiles. CERC's definitions and sources are:

  • Poverty Rate--The number of people living below the poverty level as a percentage of total population in a given area (5 year survey; 2008-2012). Source: Census, American Community Survey
  • Unemployment Rate--Share of residents in the town who are unemployed relative to total labor force in town (Annual Average). Source: Connecticut Department of Labor
  • Crime Rate--Number of violent crimes per 100,000 people in the town. Source: CT Department of Public Safety

Last updated: March 17, 2015


Janice Schaeffler, Director of Institutional Research, (203) 332- 5220
Phyllis Fitzpatrick, Research Specialist, (203) 332- 5171
Catherine Velez, Research Assistant, (203) 332- 5171
Karen Vo, Research Assistant, (203) 332- 5171