When we talk about child poverty and opportunity in Connecticut, we can not just focus on the top line indicators. We live in a wealthy, prosperous state, after all, so many of them will look pretty good compared to other states. Looking at the numbers a bit more closely, however, things look different, and we see that the tale of "two Connecticuts" is still there, hiding behind the averages.
CAHS has published some very interesting research in the past on this subject:
- For information town by town in our state a great starting point is Connecticut´s Kids Count Data Book.
- The Kids Count Data Center has all the data sets available in electronic form, and enables you to play with the data right there. You can plot, for instance, the differences between Hartford and its suburbs.
- Pulling Apart: Connecticut Inequality from 1977 to Present (with CT Voices for Children): on how Connecticut went from being one of the most egalitarian places in the world to one of the most unequal states in the country.
- Opportunity in Connecticut: The Impact of Poverty, Race and Education on Family Economic Success (PowerPoint here): a good overview on how race and poverty impact income mobility in the state.
- Less about poverty, but a stark picture of disparities: The Geography of Gun Violence in Connecticut.
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