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Old 12-31-2013, 01:33 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Did anyone notice that the poverty rate in Willington and Mansfield are both about 18%? That's outrageous.....wtf? The only thing I can think of is all the college students, but it's just kind of weird. I mean is it really fair to say that many college students are indeed living in poverty while attending college? Usually when I think of poverty, I envision poor people struggling for survival. Not college students.
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Old 12-31-2013, 07:53 AM
 
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It's the students living off-campus. Little or no income puts them below the poverty line. Here's a link that discusses it:
Students Make College Towns’ Poverty Look Worse - Real Time Economics - WSJ
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Old 12-31-2013, 09:24 AM
 
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Well that's pretty ridiculous, if you ask me. They should exclude college students from the measure. Some college towns in other states have poverty rates up to 58% because of a high college student population, but when you exclude them, that rate drops down to like 14%. Crazy.
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Old 12-31-2013, 09:24 AM
 
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Have you been to Mansfield lately? My father's family has been from that area for generations, and my 96-yo great-Aunt still lives there. Just driving around, it's clearly pretty a mixed-income area, at best.

I think the continuing decline of Willimantic is bleeding over into Mansfield. When my dad was growing up, Willimantic was still a prosperous mill town and Mansfield was a pretty rural area that was relatively affluent due to the University (in fact, at that time Mansfield was so small it had only a town Constable instead of a police force--my grandfather!). Obviously, Willimantic has almost completely collapsed, probably irreversibly, and I think it's reasonable to assume that has bled over into nearby communities. There's also been a noticeable demographic shift. At least noticeable to my great-Aunt, who reports hearing Spanish spoken as much or more often than English in town.

I don't doubt that having the University there has some effect, but it's my understanding that most of the off-campus housing isn't in Mansfield. As far as I know, most of the rentals in town are single-family homes, as opposed to large complexes aimed at college kids.
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Old 12-31-2013, 10:22 AM
 
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I don't think Willimantic is getting worse than it was at it's worst. I also don't think Mansfield is going downhill- if anything, the opposite. The new development of the "downtown" and the plans to expand UConn are just going to bring the area up.

There are a fair number of apartment complexes in Mansfield, and others scattered in Willington and Ashford. There are also a lot of single-family houses that are being rented to students.
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Old 12-31-2013, 10:42 AM
 
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I don't think Willimantic is getting worse than it was at it's worst. I also don't think Mansfield is going downhill- if anything, the opposite. The new development of the "downtown" and the plans to expand UConn are just going to bring the area up.

There are a fair number of apartment complexes in Mansfield, and others scattered in Willington and Ashford. There are also a lot of single-family houses that are being rented to students.
Oh, oh well. I hate college towns. It's very annoying to see college kids out and about everywhere.
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Old 12-31-2013, 11:12 AM
 
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Oh, oh well. I hate college towns. It's very annoying to see college kids out and about everywhere.
OK.
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Old 12-31-2013, 12:39 PM
 
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Have you been to Mansfield lately? My father's family has been from that area for generations, and my 96-yo great-Aunt still lives there. Just driving around, it's clearly pretty a mixed-income area, at best.

I think the continuing decline of Willimantic is bleeding over into Mansfield. When my dad was growing up, Willimantic was still a prosperous mill town and Mansfield was a pretty rural area that was relatively affluent due to the University (in fact, at that time Mansfield was so small it had only a town Constable instead of a police force--my grandfather!). Obviously, Willimantic has almost completely collapsed, probably irreversibly, and I think it's reasonable to assume that has bled over into nearby communities. There's also been a noticeable demographic shift. At least noticeable to my great-Aunt, who reports hearing Spanish spoken as much or more often than English in town.

I don't doubt that having the University there has some effect, but it's my understanding that most of the off-campus housing isn't in Mansfield. As far as I know, most of the rentals in town are single-family homes, as opposed to large complexes aimed at college kids.
Willimantic has almost completely collapsed? Who would've thunk it? And here I am living right next door and didn't see that. I think your understanding of Willi is completely without merit. Or facts
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Old 12-31-2013, 12:59 PM
 
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Here are some facts: Willimantic has an almost 15% unemployment rate (nearly double New Haven and Bridgeport's!) and half the per capital income, median income, and median home value compared to the state as a whole. A plurality of people in Willimantic make > $10k per year. Of course, it has long had the reputation as being Connecticut's heroin capital, though perhaps that has changed.
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Old 12-31-2013, 01:00 PM
 
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*Rather, a plurality of Willimantic residents made <$10k per year.
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