Cameron Soltis: Connecticut is not connected

aConnecticut is one of the most unequal places to live in the U.S. One study calls the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk metro area in Fairfield County the most unequal place in America.

This is ironic, since Connecticut is also the wealthiest state in the country, as well. The state is home to Greenwich, where the mega-rich lounge by their indoor pools and cozy up in their giant mansions. Only 20 miles up the road is the city of Bridgeport, which is comprised of abandoned factories, broken homes and a high crime rate.

According to Business Insider, if Fairfield County was a country it would be the 14th most unequal spot on the planet. Only 5 percent of Fairfield County residents share almost 30 percent of the region’s income.

bAs of 2012, Bridgeport’s per capita income was $19,743, with 23 percent of residents living below the poverty line, according to the US Census Bureau. On the other hand, the per capita income for Greenwich in 2012 was $83,270, which is more than twice that of Fairfield County ($37,807), and 7.1 percent of residents live below the poverty line.

The average Greenwich property sells for $948,500, while the average home in Bridgeport is worth $163,400.

Connecticut is broken. People who live right up the road have no idea what struggles another family is going through. One Greenwich resident was asked by NPR reporter Michael Moran how she felt about the plight of the 145,000 Bridgeport residents just down the road.

“I don’t think of it at all,” she said. This is unsettling to hear. People are so secluded in these rich towns and look the other way as to say “not my problem.” This is what is wrong with society. Between the unequal treatment and distribution of wealth and the inability to help others in need all contribute to the problem in which the state of Connecticut is facing.

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