[Excerpt] A new study shows that growing economic inequality is taking root in Connecticut.
The analysis from DataHaven shows that the percentage of Connecticut residents living in neighborhoods of concentrated wealth or poverty grew by 30% between 1980 and 2013. Meanwhile, the percentage of residents living in middle-income neighborhoods shrunk by about 7 percent.
These trends show that income inequality is a chronic issue — and that the polarization of Connecticut neighborhoods is growing, the report states. The same is true in other U.S. regions, leading to poor health and high crime in areas of extreme poverty, and concentration of regional resources in very affluent neighborhoods for richer residents.