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Old 02-22-2013, 09:39 AM
 
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I am surprised nobody's mentoined Groton..
it fits the bill.
http://www.city-data.com/city/Groton-Connecticut.html
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:41 AM
 
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I come up with different figures for both poverty rates and income for the state and all towns listed below. State HH income is above $70,000. 9.2% poverty rate for the state overall (ACS 2010). Manufacturing employment int he valley towns and Milford is still quite high.

I also don't view Oxford as a valley town.
The numbers are still fairly consistent. They're off by 1-2% depending on the source.
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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I come up with different figures for both poverty rates and income for the state and all towns listed below. State HH income is above $70,000. 9.2% poverty rate for the state overall (ACS 2010). Manufacturing employment int he valley towns and Milford is still quite high.

I also don't view Oxford as a valley town.
Where did you get your state HH income figure from? Even if the state poverty rate is 9.2%, that's still higher than all the valley towns.

Also, where's your statistics on manufacturing employment? Much of that industry left the area years ago. It exists, but doesn't account for a large percentage of employment in those towns. Much of the blue collar employment now is service-based vs. manufacturing based. And I'd welcome more manufacturing, but it just isn't big anymore in the area. Which I don't feel is a good thing necessarily (but that's more of a macro issue nationwide).

None of my neighbors are in manufacturing. One is a fire chief, one is a general contractor, and one owns his own plumbing business. The others are white collar professionals.
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:47 AM
 
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The numbers are still fairly consistent. They're off by 1-2% depending on the source.
Median SAT scores are still below state average in Milford and Wilton does not have a 4.7% poverty rate (2.1%). Median home price in Milford is below $300,000. Median sale price is $251,000 or $278,000 for SFHs. BTW, Shelton is part of the valley and I would not label the town as blue collar or impoverished. I am not simply making a blanket statement.
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:49 AM
 
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Stylo: CERC has manufacturing employment stats, as well as updated state HH income. I have no issue with manufacturing jobs either, let's start bringing more back from the lowest cost denominator countries!
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:01 AM
 
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Median SAT scores are still below state average in Milford and Wilton does not have a 4.7% poverty rate (2.1%). Median home price in Milford is below $300,000. Median sale price is $251,000 or $278,000 for SFHs. BTW, Shelton is part of the valley and I would not label the town as blue collar or impoverished. I am not simply making a blanket statement.
C-D has Wilton's at 4.7, not sure why. But yes, after more research it's 2.1%.
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:23 AM
 
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Woah...this post got really deep into the numbers, awesome.

What about Middletown, Danbury, and Manchester? I hear those are solid middle class bigger cities in CT.
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:49 AM
 
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I like Wallingford, but I'm a little biased since I live here.

But never losing power in a storm in the past two crazy years, weather-wise, and having a $40-60 electric bill is the best thing ever.
I think Wallingford is like Milford, perhaps it was blue collar 30 years ago but it's gotten a bit more upscale so now it's more mixed economically.
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Median SAT scores are still below state average in Milford and Wilton does not have a 4.7% poverty rate (2.1%). Median home price in Milford is below $300,000. Median sale price is $251,000 or $278,000 for SFHs. BTW, Shelton is part of the valley and I would not label the town as blue collar or impoverished. I am not simply making a blanket statement.
2012 source for SAT scores?

Source for home values? For manufacturing jobs?

I don't doubt you, but it would be nice to have links.

Shelton is no more or less blue collar than Milford IMO.

OP: Danbury is like Milford economically, a pretty diverse base.
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:24 AM
 
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I think of towns like Plymouth, Torrington and Thomaston to be the epitome of blue collar. I'd never call them hidden gems. I think Torrington with a little TLC could fit the bill in the future.
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