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A+ Waterbury Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D+ Waterbury Cost of Living Cost of living is 15% lower than Connecticut
Waterbury
1022% more expensive than the US average
Connecticut
12020% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Waterbury cost of living
F Waterbury Crime Total crime is 117% higher than Connecticut
Total crime
4,33657% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2457% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-5%Year over year crime is down
Waterbury crime
F Waterbury Employment Household income is 45% lower than Connecticut
Median household income
$39,68128% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$20,76230% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
8%74% higher than the US average
Waterbury employment
F Waterbury Housing Home value is 52% lower than Connecticut
Median home value
$129,50030% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$9124% lower than the US average
Home ownership
44%31% lower than the US average
Waterbury real estate or Waterbury rentals
F Waterbury Schools HS graduation rate is 15% lower than Connecticut
High school grad. rates
74%11% lower than the US average
School test scores
23%53% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:15% lower than the US average
Waterbury K-12 schools or Waterbury colleges

Living in Waterbury, CT

Waterbury, Connecticut is a medium-sized city with a population of 109,211 people. With a population density of 3,829 people per square mile, Waterbury is well above the nation's average density level. More than a quarter of the residents of Waterbury identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 27% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language.

If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very intimidating task. However, it could also be a positive experience if you are willing to get to know the area before actually living in Waterbury, Connecticut. With useful information like amenities, crime, cost of living, employment and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Waterbury and in the areas around Waterbury is a much easier task.

Waterbury, CT receives 53 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #140 in Connecticut and #27,997 in the USA. This is not a favorable rating; as this score ranks among some of the lowest in America. Living in Waterbury may not be a pleasant experience. Waterbury has also earned the dubious distinction of of being ranked among the bottom 10 percent of all US cities. If we dig a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Waterbury has higher than average grades for the following: amenities (A+). Waterbury does not fare well for the following: crime (F), weather (D-), education (F), employment (F) and housing (F). It might be wise to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Waterbury has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: CoCo Key Water Resort Hotel & Convention Center - Waterbury, Palace Theater, and Seven Angels Theatre.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Waterbury is real estate affordability. The median home price for Waterbury homes is $129,500, which is 51.9% lower than the Connecticut average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Waterbury, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.3, which is 13.2% lower than the Connecticut average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Waterbury area were 5% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 0.6%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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Horrible place to live

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I am originally from new york city i was moved out here in january 2018 . the community i moved into looks nice outside of it looks like the bronx in the 80s abandoned and full of drug addicts too much deaths and violence occurring on the constant its not safe for children. My son is 5 and has been depressed since we moved here theres no fun things to do for the. Children all they have is a library and ymca and 1 chuckee cheese in all of waterbury that is broken down half the time and packed its depressing here its not the place for children teens and young adults its best for the old retired and rehablitating drug addicts i want ouy of waterbury so bad is like a horror film it brings the sad and bad out of you
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stay away from this city

Attractions3/10
Community3/10
Nightlife3/10
Dining3/10
Shopping3/10
This is not a friendly town. Dirty and crime filled. My car was stolen from the local mall the first night we went out. I was told that the only way I was getting it back was if it was pulled over, that there are so many cars taken nightly that they don't even bother looking for them. The streets were dirty and run down. The town green was filled with gang types and homeless people. I would say avoid this city at all cost. I never did get my car back by the way. It was found two blocks from the mall just a frame on blocks.
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Waterbury, CT - Go See Brass City

Attractions9/10
Community10/10
Nightlife7/10
Dining7/10
Shopping9/10
I spent a week in August 2008 visiting an old college friend in Waterbury, aka Brass City. I was very excited about my first time in Connecticut! To save time and hassle, I picked the Courtyard Waterbury Downtown hotel and made reservations online. I spent the first evening relaxing in the room relaxing and refreshing from the plane ride. Upon arrival, the rooms were clean, comfortable, and well appointed. Very impressive!

During my week in the city of Waterbury, I visited St. Anne's Church, The Timex Group Museum, and saw a show at the Palace Theater. The architecture of St Anne's is breathtaking. I could have spent days looking at the stained glass windows alone. I wish I had more than a week to explore the city, as there seemed to be many other worthy attractions worth visiting in Waterbury. I spent much of my time in Waterbury afoot and exploring. There were a couple times I found myself lost, but the locals kindly pointed me in the right direction. Gino's Appiza restaurant on Wolcott St. cannot be beat in taste, selection, and service. I'd visit Westbury again just to enjoy a slice of their tomato and garlic pizza!
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Source: The Waterbury, CT data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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