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2014-05-02 10:12:37 AM  
Connecticut's great if you're rich - but if not, it's Hartford for you instead of West Hartford. Not a whole lot of in-between.
 
2014-05-02 10:36:55 AM  
I like Connecticut.  I live in a beautiful town and work in the aforementioned beautiful town.  The schools are great.  It's an easy drive to the shore, Boston, NYC, Newport, southern Maine coast, skiing and a bunch of other great places.  I love the seasons (well, okay, this winter SUCKED, but it's usually not so bad).

My taxes are higher than most places, but the wages are also comparatively higher.  I have family and great friends here, and my wife and I both have jobs we love.

Not looking to leave any time soon.  Once kids are done with college and we both retire, we may have to re-evaluate, but until then I'll take my state.
 
2014-05-02 10:43:55 AM  

Gulper Eel: Not a whole lot of in-between.


There's plenty in-between.  Hartford is a hole of a city, and that's being generous.  There are plenty more that aren't terribly great either.  Not every place is West Hartford or Glastonbury or Stamford or Greenwich.  Lots of quiet towns with lower taxes.  Lots of middle-class towns (which a lot of West Hartford is - it's very diverse and there is a significant low to middle class population).  There's something for everyone here.
 
2014-05-02 10:57:45 AM  
I love living in Connecticut. I remind everyone that we get what we pay for, and if they don't like it, they can get the heck out.
 
2014-05-02 11:02:20 AM  

Gulper Eel: Connecticut's great if you're rich - but if not, it's Hartford for you instead of West Hartford. Not a whole lot of in-between.


There is a lot in between. I'm not rich. And I live in a nice little town, with big things happening. Beautiful parks, nice restaurants, good schools, good hiking. No Broadway, but if you want Broadway, move to New York.
 
2014-05-02 11:03:49 AM  
Interesting how the poll lists "taxes" as the sixth-biggest reason for wanting to move, at 6% of all wanna-be movers, while almost all of the comments are complaints about taxes.
 
2014-05-02 11:09:27 AM  

Demetrius: Gulper Eel: Not a whole lot of in-between.


There's plenty in-between.  Hartford is a hole of a city, and that's being generous.  There are plenty more that aren't terribly great either.  Not every place is West Hartford or Glastonbury or Stamford or Greenwich.  Lots of quiet towns with lower taxes.  Lots of middle-class towns (which a lot of West Hartford is - it's very diverse and there is a significant low to middle class population).  There's something for everyone here.


Yeah, but from the quiet towns to the places where the jobs are often turns out to be a schlep. It's a common situation in a lot of the northeastern states - the good housing and good school systems don't match up with the good jobs.

And "low taxes" is not a phrase I'd associate with Connecticut except perhaps when accompanied by the phrase "compared to New York".
 
2014-05-02 11:17:14 AM  

Gulper Eel: Demetrius: Gulper Eel: Not a whole lot of in-between.


There's plenty in-between.  Hartford is a hole of a city, and that's being generous.  There are plenty more that aren't terribly great either.  Not every place is West Hartford or Glastonbury or Stamford or Greenwich.  Lots of quiet towns with lower taxes.  Lots of middle-class towns (which a lot of West Hartford is - it's very diverse and there is a significant low to middle class population).  There's something for everyone here.

Yeah, but from the quiet towns to the places where the jobs are often turns out to be a schlep. It's a common situation in a lot of the northeastern states - the good housing and good school systems don't match up with the good jobs.

And "low taxes" is not a phrase I'd associate with Connecticut except perhaps when accompanied by the phrase "compared to New York".


You've got your Rocky Hills, Cromwells, South Windsors and plenty of others where it's not so much of a schlep.  Plenty of towns where it is quite a haul, though.  And you're right, I should have said 'lower', as in comparatively to other areas in the state.
 
2014-05-02 11:23:18 AM  

AliceBToklasLives: Interesting how the poll lists "taxes" as the sixth-biggest reason for wanting to move, at 6% of all wanna-be movers, while almost all of the comments are complaints about taxes.


Probably because there's a good-sized spread in taxes depending on geography, along with services received for said taxes. If you get a high tax bill but good services, more people are okay with it - but if you're getting nailed for close to  $11,000 (two years ago) and the services  aren't so good, that's when people have a righteous beef.

If you were paying that kind of money in a dump like Bridgeport (and they do), you'd want to GTFO too.
 
2014-05-02 11:24:29 AM  
Living in Connecticut is great. I love the fresh Long Island Sound Blue Points I can get at the Black Rock Oyster Bar.
 
2014-05-02 11:32:44 AM  
Oh, look the article beat me to what I was going to say:

"Connecticut residents were second only to Illinois in their apparent dissatisfaction with living in their state. Fifty percent of Illinois residents polled would leave if they could, while 49% of Nutmeggers responded the same."

I'd like to get off this dysfunctional, sinking ship of state.
 
2014-05-02 11:35:18 AM  
I grew up in CT. Since, I have lived in NY, VA, TN and now Utah. CT is great. Best state I've ever lived in. Look forward to living there again some day.
 
2014-05-02 11:36:47 AM  
I love CT. Living in Hamden is great. Close to New Haven, the water, plenty of golf and hiking.
 
2014-05-02 11:40:19 AM  

cgraves67: I'd like to get off this dysfunctional, sinking ship of state.


Take the busway.
 
2014-05-02 11:40:37 AM  
I think I'd like Connecticut more if it wasn't for the weather, and about half of the people from there I've met.

//I know you're not all that way, but damn, the ones that are are damn near stereotypes.
 
2014-05-02 11:41:11 AM  
I thought people lived in Connecticut so they wouldn't have to live in New York or New Jersey.
 
2014-05-02 11:41:41 AM  
The other 51% work for the state.

The other 51% could not be reached.

....
 
2014-05-02 11:41:53 AM  

kittyhas1000legs: cgraves67: I'd like to get off this dysfunctional, sinking ship of state.

Take the busway.


No, Illinois. I'd like to move away from Illinois.
 
2014-05-02 11:42:02 AM  
I've never been there, but would like to go - I hear it's very pretty.
 
2014-05-02 11:42:27 AM  
Some places are harder to sell the house for a profit than others.
 
2014-05-02 11:42:47 AM  
well, it would be easier to fence off then the southern border of the US
 
2014-05-02 11:43:03 AM  
I'll stay in Chicago for the food
/Houston is my second choice, because of the food
\Both are the fattest cities in the US
\\I'm skinny
 
2014-05-02 11:44:42 AM  
I thought CT was a white WASP-y type of place. Then I went to Hartford by myself, walked around the "tourist areas" and was scared sh*tless the whole time. Lots of black people just standing around on the street. Leaning against things. Why? Don't they have jobs? Felt very uncomfortable there, like i was gonna be jumped any second. And I'm not racist mind you.

Then I got home and read how much violent crime takes place there, a lot of it right in the middle of their downtown area. From Wikipedia: In 2010, Hartford ranked 19th in the United States' annual national crime rankings.
 
2014-05-02 11:46:26 AM  
lots of people apparently want to gtfo of the north east, if you've got a decent job up here it's nice but the cost of living is pretty high at the grocery store near me a cheap gallon of milk is 5+ dollars and then we've got higher taxes that are often regressive on top of the progressive income taxes. The winters beat you down too, I know lots of people who get to their 50s and say fuuuuu  this.
 
2014-05-02 11:47:02 AM  
After this past winter I think the whole northeast would like to move.
 
2014-05-02 11:47:08 AM  

Walker: I thought CT was a white WASP-y type of place. Then I went to Hartford by myself, walked around the "tourist areas" and was scared sh*tless the whole time. Lots of black people just standing around on the street. Leaning against things. Why? Don't they have jobs? Felt very uncomfortable there, like i was gonna be jumped any second. And I'm not racist mind you.

Then I got home and read how much violent crime takes place there, a lot of it right in the middle of their downtown area. From Wikipedia: In 2010, Hartford ranked 19th in the United States' annual national crime rankings.


I think you may need to reconsider the meaning of "I'm not racist mind you". Because that's pretty much racist, thinking that the people just hanging out are about to jump you.
 
2014-05-02 11:49:32 AM  

Walker: I thought CT was a white WASP-y type of place. Then I went to Hartford by myself, walked around the "tourist areas" and was scared sh*tless the whole time. Lots of black people just standing around on the street. Leaning against things. Why? Don't they have jobs? Felt very uncomfortable there, like i was gonna be jumped any second. And I'm not racist mind you.


You know what happens when people put that in their statements.
 
2014-05-02 11:50:03 AM  
+-5% on a poll where the values range from 23 to 50. The margin of error exceeds 37% of the range.

I guess you can get the overall trend from that. Not sure it means much more than that.
 
2014-05-02 11:53:21 AM  
There are only 3 million people in Connecticut? Doesn't seem like very many.
 
2014-05-02 11:55:53 AM  

cgraves67: kittyhas1000legs: cgraves67: I'd like to get off this dysfunctional, sinking ship of state.

Take the busway.

No, Illinois. I'd like to move away from Illinois.


I was born and raised in Illinois and every time I hear a news story about the state, I'm so happy I don't live there anymore.

/I live in rural Missouri now
//it's not a big step up, but still...
 
2014-05-02 11:56:08 AM  

Gonz: Walker: I thought CT was a white WASP-y type of place. Then I went to Hartford by myself, walked around the "tourist areas" and was scared sh*tless the whole time. Lots of black people just standing around on the street. Leaning against things. Why? Don't they have jobs? Felt very uncomfortable there, like i was gonna be jumped any second. And I'm not racist mind you.

Then I got home and read how much violent crime takes place there, a lot of it right in the middle of their downtown area. From Wikipedia: In 2010, Hartford ranked 19th in the United States' annual national crime rankings.

I think you may need to reconsider the meaning of "I'm not racist mind you". Because that's pretty much racist, thinking that the people just hanging out are about to jump you.


Don't feed them.
 
2014-05-02 11:58:11 AM  
Connecticut's OK. I enjoy being a train ride away from NYC while still having access to many beautiful parks. I live in a condo complex right by a river and regularly see all sorts of wildlife out my back window. It's also quite diverse here and in the summer my town has all sorts of ethnic festivals on the green (and concerts, and a "taste of" event.. lots of stuff).

/Not rich
//Danbury
 
2014-05-02 11:58:15 AM  
Dear CT, please don't send us more like these. Thanx Texas.

www.addictinginfo.org
 
2014-05-02 11:59:11 AM  
Grew up in Waterbubble, moved to Prospect, then moved the fark out 3 years ago. I'm glad I did. I live in the southwest now, and while the wages are slightly lower, the taxes, cost of living, weather, traffic, all are lower also. PLUS, the people are friendlier, there's so much more to do and see, oh and did I mention the weather? My last winter in CT (2011) I had to shovel 4 1/2 feet of snow off my roof to keep it from collapsing.
CT is a very diverse state regarding income, regarding taxes, real estate values, etc...and those who live in lower Fairfield County live there because of it's proximity to NY city, and it's cheaper than living in Westchester. I agree it may be hard to leave for some, but it's not impossible.
 
2014-05-02 11:59:17 AM  
I'd move to CT but my chin doesn't protrude enough. NJ for me...

Until I can convince my wife to move to one of those newer states.
 
2014-05-02 11:59:39 AM  
If you live in the Eastern half of CT, forget about it. The econmy is damn near non-existent, with the majority of economic activity being the casinos. What you do get are a lot of old mill towns, with nothing to offer anymore. Granted, there are some more wealthy areas in the far northeast corner, but if you don't live there, you're screwed. We bought our house in 2006, and we're currently underwater by about 60,000. In our town, the school system dropped dramatically in terms of quality, so much that we're paying for private schooling. Keep in mind, that I'm not saying this to draw attention to myself, as I'm doing ok, but many of the people I see around home and work with are having a really hard time finding work that pays more than $14 an hour.
 
2014-05-02 11:59:50 AM  
Saw a link to this on my FB, but considered the source and figured it to be simple TAXED 2 MUCH HERR DURR.

LIved in CT my whole life, settled in almost the exact middle of the state.  We do get all four seaons, sometimes to the extreme, but we know that in advance and can plan for it.

Yes, it can be pricey, particularly in Fairfiled county, but if you work there you see a bump in your wages.

Proximity to NY and Boston is nice as well.

To the 1.5 million people, sorry it's not working out for you.  See ya.
 
2014-05-02 12:00:28 PM  

cgraves67: Oh, look the article beat me to what I was going to say:

"Connecticut residents were second only to Illinois in their apparent dissatisfaction with living in their state. Fifty percent of Illinois residents polled would leave if they could, while 49% of Nutmeggers responded the same."

I'd like to get off this dysfunctional, sinking ship of state.


Nutmegger, please.
 
2014-05-02 12:01:06 PM  

Gulper Eel: Connecticut's great if you're rich - but if not, it's Hartford for you instead of West Hartford. Not a whole lot of in-between.


New Brit'in
 
2014-05-02 12:02:03 PM  
Read that as 'Cleveland' and thought what a terrible fate. Of course 1.5M people would be six times the current population.
 
2014-05-02 12:03:48 PM  
When the manufacturing base left CT, it took most of the high paying high skilled jobs with it. Waterbury, for example, used to be the brass capitol of the world. Now, where those thriving factories once stood is a decaying mall on the verge of bankruptcy several times, employing low wage retail and fast food workers. I bought my first house in WTBY, and in 13 years when I sold it I made $9,000 profit. And the taxes on a .19 acre lot with 2 bedrooms was over $5,000 a year.
 
2014-05-02 12:04:46 PM  
I had a very high quality education in CT's public schools, but the tech jobs just aren't here, so I have to move.
 
2014-05-02 12:05:42 PM  

Walker: I thought CT was a white WASP-y type of place. Then I went to Hartford by myself, walked around the "tourist areas" and was scared sh*tless the whole time. Lots of black people just standing around on the street. Leaning against things. Why? Don't they have jobs? Felt very uncomfortable there, like i was gonna be jumped any second. And I'm not racist mind you.

Then I got home and read how much violent crime takes place there, a lot of it right in the middle of their downtown area. From Wikipedia: In 2010, Hartford ranked 19th in the United States' annual national crime rankings.


You're scared of black people leaning against things?
 
2014-05-02 12:06:17 PM  
When my company relocated their headquarters from New York to Connecticut, I decided to relocate there from California. I figured it would be a good change and I justified it by telling myself that I was halfway between New York and Boston.

Then I got out there and realized I was HALFWAY between New York and Boston.

Lasted a year before transferring to Chicago. Lasted 10 years there before heading back to California last year.

I'm thinking Colorado might be nice for my next move.
 
2014-05-02 12:07:14 PM  
CT is great, but the women are just... fugly.
 
2014-05-02 12:07:27 PM  
While Minnesota is one of the states people don't want to move from, I would love to see how the ones that are moving responded to this chart. I'm guessing about +90% on the "weather" portion.

content.gallup.com
 
2014-05-02 12:08:14 PM  

Gulper Eel: Connecticut's great if you're rich


So is almost every state, depending on your personal hobbies.
 
2014-05-02 12:15:32 PM  

marcre3363: When my company relocated their headquarters from New York to Connecticut, I decided to relocate there from California. I figured it would be a good change and I justified it by telling myself that I was halfway between New York and Boston.

Then I got out there and realized I was HALFWAY between New York and Boston.

Lasted a year before transferring to Chicago. Lasted 10 years there before heading back to California last year.

I'm thinking Colorado might be nice for my next move.


Sounds like you picked the wrong city. Most CT-NY commuters seems to be in Fairfield County, with some in New Haven County. I tend to go no further than a 30-40 minute drive from where I am (hard hit'in New Brit'in) unless it's for something special (family, beer fests).
 
2014-05-02 12:16:09 PM  
Prisoners of jobs, healthcare benefits, and family....
 
2014-05-02 12:16:14 PM  

Walker: I thought CT was a white WASP-y type of place. Then I went to Hartford by myself, walked around the "tourist areas" and was scared sh*tless the whole time. Lots of black people just standing around on the street. Leaning against things. Why? Don't they have jobs? Felt very uncomfortable there, like i was gonna be jumped any second. And I'm not racist mind you.

Then I got home and read how much violent crime takes place there, a lot of it right in the middle of their downtown area. From Wikipedia: In 2010, Hartford ranked 19th in the United States' annual national crime rankings.


ProTip:  If you are scared of black people just standing around, leaning against things, YOU ARE INDEED A RACIST.
 
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