8 Reasons Why Connecticut Sucks

I’m From Connecticut (Southington) and I think Connecticut Sucks – Here’s 8 Reasons Why

I was watching this YouTube video of Joe Rogan talking about why Connecticut sucks and I nearly spit my coffee  out all over myself laughing because it was so funny and spot on.

“CT sucks” and “Connecticut sucks” are pretty popular search terms because Joe Rogan is right. People who live there kind of know it sucks. It’s why my parents and my sister moved to Rhode Island, it’s why I will never make CT my home ever again, it’s why my oldest brother lives in Texas. It’s why we’re still trying to rescue my other brother and his family from the state, but he’s deeply entrenched. It may be a lost cause.

Joe says Connecticut has a weird vibe. He says it has a feeling of despair, hopelessness and sadness. That it’s just a highway between New York and Boston, that it’s “not a real state” and that it’s a 5th world country.

All very harsh but the underlying message is true, Connecticut sucks – here are my 8 reasons why:

1 – Economic Downward Spiral

I majored in accounting and finance as a 20 something at the University of Connecticut. School was so expensive and I was having the Air Force reserve pay for my tuition so I wanted to get out ahead financially by being able to land one of those “good jobs” (side note, jobs suck too). As such I was able to land a position with PWC. If I would have been located somewhere else, being exposed to technology and websites I most likely would have learned a more tech oriented trade instead of a trade that literally serves me no use now as a soloprenur living abroad and working online.

Connecticut is also a state with no tech oriented jobs. Just old, boring established companies like banks and insurance companies. If you want to live in Connecticut and make enough to live you’re basically going to need to be an engineer or work in some financial capacity in a cubicle. If you have no talent for numbers, and consider yourself more of  a creative type then Connecticut is not for you as you’re going to be broke as the state lacks opportunity outside these narrow areas.

The state is also in a weird downward spiral because there is a lack of high paying jobs, people can’t make enough to live, yet we’re a high tax state. So they increase the taxes on people and companies who actually pay taxes. Which eventually drives these productive people away. Leaving older folks like my parents wondering why no one can buy their house in the middle of no-where Connecticut.

Next, Connecticut has some of the best universities, yet the state experiences a major brain drain simply because the state only offers boring jobs working in cubicles in the areas of finance and accounting.

Lastly, Connecticut is also one of the few states that experiences a population decline. Why? It’s not a place young people can live and get on with life. Jobs pay too little, taxes are too high and the cost of living is even higher.

2 – Low Value For Your Money

Connecticut is a high tax state. What do you get for your money? Nothing. You get to live in the dark woods of Connecticut, surrounded by either rich people or the poor people that work for the rich people. If you want to see a 5th world place go to Waterbury Connecticut. A pit if I ever saw one. Ugly city layout, crime, wannabe rappers and thugs. No jobs besides working retail at Target.

One of my biggest issues with the state is that you get so little for your money. Rent in Connecticut is outrageous. $1,200+ a month and for what? Yea you can probably find somewhere for $800 a month but you’ll be living in a pit like Waterbury where your shit will be stolen while you’re at work.

When I ask my good friends from New Mexico, how much does a place cost in Albuquerque they tell me a normal, safe, no frills apartment costs around $500-$600 USD a month. I laughed. I cried. A place like that does not exists in Connecticut.

Also, how are you supposed to afford a 1,200 USD a month apartment, car, insurance and food if you’re making 37,000$ a year working in accounts payable in the bowels of an insurance company? At least with other high tax places like California you get nice beaches and parks.

3 – People are Stuck in Their Bubble

In Connecticut people are either in their work bubble, car bubble or home bubble. It’s challenging to network, meet new people and make new and interesting friends simply because Connecticut people stick to their friends from high school or their work mates.

It’s lame. It’s a cultural thing too. I don’t know why it’s such a big deal to go out and  socialize, yet it is.

If you land a job in the state good luck trying to build out a quality social circle. People just don’t go out  and do stuff. Partly because there is nothing to do in Connecticut other than drive long distances in your car or wander around a bleak mall. But also it’s a cultural thing. Just stay home, stay at work or drive around. If you like being alone, Connecticut is the place for you.

4 – Lack of Connecticut Culture

Connecticut lacks things that are uniquely Connecticut. Want to go to a bar? You’ll have to go somewhere lame like Applebees or some other generic big brand that can put up with the high cost of living in Connecticut. Want Coffee? Starbucks or Dunkin Doughnuts it is.

To put it in perspective, my parents moved to Rhode Island and I love it there. They actually have their own local culture and business. Narraganset beer, Dells Italian ice, local restaurants, beautiful beaches and lovely cities to walk around and shop.

Connecticut only seems to have big box stores and generic big companies. Starting a local business is extremely expensive and not worth the headache in Connecticut. Particularly when you consider the population decline and the overall brain drain.

5 – Crappy Cities

Hartford, known lovingly in Connecticut as Fartford is Connecticut’s capital city. A tiny city within minimal shops and eateries. During the weekend, unlike other cities it’s totally abandoned. You won’t see anyone walking around.

Why?

Because NO ONE who works in Hartford lives in Hartford.

Why?

Because it’s a city that has nothing to do and it’s surrounded by poor neighborhoods. So if you went to college and want a good job, you want to live by other up and coming people. Not the Puerto Rican drug dealer or other assortments of crime that poverty brings.

What about New Haven? Yale is there, it must be nice right? New Haven is a dangerous city. Nothing to do, nowhere to go and it has a weird dichotomy of this world famous university and crime.

Waterbury CT is a pit and should be avoided at all costs.

New Britain is filled with thugs, wannabe rappers and tough guys. That city could burn to the ground for all I care.

Bridgeport is an old rust belt city that is crime ridden. If you’re looking to get mugged or raped, check out Bridgeport! The heroin capital of CT!

Connecticut honestly does not have a single nice city. Not even one city where you go and people are walking around, shopping, going to eat with their families etc.

6 – Traffic and Everything is Far away

It takes forever to get anywhere in Connecticut. All the major roads have too much traffic, partly because the high way system has these retarded left hand exits. So you end up having people that are in the passing lane, having to slow down because they get stuck behind a guy who is exiting.

Also, everything is far away. It takes 30 minutes to drive to get food, then another long trip to go to the bank, then another long trip back home. It’s annoying. Everything is so far away. It’s also the norm live 40 to 60 minutes away from where you work. This obviously contributes to the congestion because when people want to leave their home bubble, it’s off for a 40 minute journey in the car bubble.

Like I previously mentioned about Hartford. People live in the suburbs and commute. No one who is middle class actually lives in the cities in Connecticut. Who am I kidding, there is barley a middle class anymore in Connecticut!

7 – Reputation of Being Rich only Due to one Area

Connecticut has a lot of wealth but it’s all concentrated in one area. That little nose section near New York city. Why? Because high net worth people who work in NYC may not want to live in NYC. So they choose a big house and a yard in Connecticut.

It then gives the state this annoying reputation that everyone from CT is rich or at least comes from money. My dad was a brick layer, my mom was nurses aid. Combined they made about 70,000 USD a year and raised 4 kids. I do not come from money at all, but I know I know.

I’m white and I’m from Connecticut so my life must have been sooooo easy.

Connecticut is a tough state to live in. It’s way to expensive, jobs don’t pay enough and you get so little for your money.

8 – BORING

Connecticut is boring. There is nothing to do in Connecticut. There is nowhere to go other than malls and wandering around a Dicks sporting goods looking at hockey sticks and guns, contemplating ending it all there.

Connecticut lacks nice, vibrant cities, everything is far away, people don’t socialize and it’s expensive so it’s hard to have enough discretionary income.

On top of that all the surrounding states do something better.

Want a big city, go to NYC.

Want a cool, historical city, you got Boston.

Want a small town feel, local culture and medium sized cities, you have Rhode Island.

Want to ski, you have Vermont and New Hampshire.

Want an out door lifestyle, you have Main.

In Connecticut you have only boredom, dispair, sadness and a lack of opportunity.

Conclusion

Connecticut sucks.

You may be wondering now, “wow you really hate your home state.” No, but it’s not the state it could be. The positives of Connecticut are that living in the suburbs while boring, is safe. Connecticut is also very beautiful in the fall. If you’re a quite person who wants a peaceful, boring place to raise a family (if you’re making the kind of money to raise a family) Connecticut may be for you.

Thanks for reading – share this with Joe Rogan! Maybe he would like it 🙂

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10 Responses
  • JO
    August 20, 2018

    I agree with almost everything here. CT is a weird case — chock full of potential but always just shy of realizing it, and its economic woes are real. I think it needs drastically new leadership and yesterday. This is also the first time I’ve heard anyone talk about the “bubble” that people seemed trapped in here, so well done.

    That said, I do have some issues with this. I find it odd that you claim there are no bars other than Applebees or various big-brands, and there are no coffee shops other than DD and Starbucks. Confusingly, when comparing CT to RI, you seem to imply that CT doesn’t have any local restaurants (??), doesn’t have any independently owned shops, doesn’t brew its own beer or have its own brands, etc. I’m not even sure what you’re basing that on. Seems wildly inaccurate. I live in New Haven, and all of those things exist… I’d imagine they exist in pretty much any city anywhere.
    However, if you grew up in the middle of nowhere, there are probably fewer of those things around, which might make that point of view understandable.
    And if you did grow up in the middle of nowhere, then yeah, everything’s gonna be far away, but I don’t see how that’s anyone’s fault. I’m sure people in rural Montana have it worse. Things are a bit spread out though, so yeah it involves a bit of driving (the traffic can be bad at times, but it’s nowhere near the worst I’ve ever seen). And the public transit in CT is pretty bad.
    CT’s cities are not so great, but of them, I find New Haven is the only one that has anything worthwhile going on. There are places to go and things to do. And there are good parts and bad parts, crime-wise. Bridgeport, New Britain and Waterbury are really bad though, and just all-around crummy in general. Hartford is overly “meh.” Most of the cities have at least a couple good things in them, but ultimately not enough to make them good overall, just enough for a visit here or there.

    Unfortunately CT has problems and can’t possible compare with most places as a destination; I see myself moving at some point (a combination of family/friends, school, and work has kept me here this long). Somehow it’s behind the curve on so many things and I dunno where it went wrong or how it’s gonna get better.
    (Sorry for the rant… not trying to be an apologist)

    • Edge of David
      August 28, 2018

      Thanks for the comment, my piece was a rant as well and hyperbole is one hell of a drug 🙂

  • Evil nick
    September 6, 2018

    I call it Connecti-Shit

    I live here, have a great job in IT and own rentals, but if the housing economy every turns up for a second Im selling everything and leaving this god for saken DUMP! They wont mind though, thell toll me broke on the way out!

  • Barbie P
    September 14, 2018

    Ironically, I’m reading this as I’m packing for Texas. Really. With a stellar resume (well, as steller as you can get from West Conn), I’ve been searching for a job here in the Greater Danbury area for almost 2 years CT is an island with I-84 and I-95 simply path’s for New Yorkers to get to Boston.
    When I saw the next resort would be tapping into my 401k or pole dancing, I realized I had to be insane to stay here.
    As a corporate relocation consultant for a large corporation, I knew we were screwed when General Electric hightailed it to Taxachusetts; then the McMansions sat. And sat. Prices plummeted. Neighbors weren’t happy.

    Amazon will not allow work from home options in CT. Why? Because we have a little-known tax rule called Nexus that I explored with an Amazon investigator . It was my job to then report that information back to our fearless leaders in Hartford who said, “Huh?” and asked me to get more information and “let them know.” Remember, the tax commissioner is also a CPA.

    I lived in Texas many years ago and made the mistake of returning, a homesick young woman yearning for her family.

    I should’ve gotten a puppy.

    After making the difficult decision to leave my son with my ex-husband commuting back to CT monthly, I contacted my former employer who, with a quick call to HR, offered me a fabulous salary with great benefits.

    Best of all, I can ditch my small apartment that costs $2000/month close to the highway with undesirables all over the complex. My new place is 5 minutes from work, is in a gated community with tons of amenities, and accepts pets with a Bark Park. Good luck finding a pet-friendly landlord here, let alone a friendly landlord. My rent? $975/month – all utilities included.

    AND (drumroll please…) you only pay tax ONCE ON THE SAME CAR. ONCE. Not every year. No personal property tax. No pension tax. It’s hot there. It’s cold here. But it’s air conditioned. I’ll deal with sweat to see green in my bank account, not red.

    The movers come Monday. My birthday. I ordered my new TX vanity plates:

    ADIOS•CT

    And I’ll never regret it.

    • Murrey Gellman
      October 9, 2018

      Moved from Bridgeport in 2005….to Tucson, AZ

      Never regretted it for a nanosecond…..and I likely never will.

      Just the local cuisine alone was worth the move…

  • Chris from CT
    October 23, 2018

    Really liked this article. I moved to AZ 3 years ago and you really hit the nail on the head when you talked about CT lacking value. Everything in CT is so expensive! Especially groceries! In AZ groceries are a dollar to 1.50 cheaper on every single item. And it’s clean here! I lived in Norwalk CT for years with no car. I would push my baby in a stroller and see garbage everywhere. All. The. Time. It’s beautiful here in AZ scenic wise. At night it’s spectacular. The mountains, the color of the sky, the critters. Never regret my decision. And I would never go back unless I won big in the lottery and was accepted to be a resident of Rowayton, lol.

    • NJ
      October 29, 2018

      Funny, I moved to AZ and back to CT so I could be close to family. What a mistake! I wish I was back in AZ!

  • NJ
    October 29, 2018

    I don’t see how anyone in their right mind would live in Connecticut other than if they were kind of stuck here because of family or a custody situation. That is the only thing keeping me here, that my son lives here and I have to share him with my ex. Other than that I would be long gone. I or anyone else I know cant seem to get ahead here accept when you are frugal as all hell. That’s the only way I’ve been able to save money. Also, this state taxes the crap out of people making it hard for people to save.

    Oh and lets talk about job opportunities. I’ve worked in CT since I was 14. Been laid off (not fired) at least 8 times, through no fault of my own. It was either due to mainly business changes, or contracts (oh yeah, CT has a lot of contractor positions or temp positions because they don’t want to pay benefits…hmmm…I wonder why. Is it because it costs the company too much to even profit here and survive that a lot of their companies have as many temps and employees?) or company closings. Get used to that in CT, if you are stupid as my family or myself was to move here. And yes, I have lived in other parts of the country and my bank account was a lot nicer to look at. Sometimes I get a bill here from the state or any bill in general living here and I don’t even want to look at it because it scares me.

    Let me see what kind of taxes do I pay in CT:
    Car Property Tax every year (Oh yeah, reason I drive an old Honda car. $82 a year, my friend owns a new Range Rover and pays $1000 a year)
    Home Property Tax
    State Income Tax (How the hell did I pay $3500 in State Tax last year and only got back close to $300?)
    Entertainment Fees and State Taxes on concert tickets or entertainment or parks. All major parks and beaches have started charging money
    6% sales tax on all purchases
    DMV tax on the purchase of a car
    Federal, State, FICA
    Fuel Tax
    Cell Phone plan (state taxes)
    Am I forgetting anything??

    I talk to many retired folks in CT who are either working in their late 60 plus, or complaining about how much they pay for living expenses and have to seek assistance from the state to keep afloat. This one guy told me he would be getting $2000 a month in retirement but the taxes here in CT would take a huge portion out of it every pay period (more than any of the states in the USA), so he is moving to North Carolina to avoid that so he gets to keep most of his money. Makes total sense.

    CT is the worst place to make friends, and people here grumpy and are major flakes. I invite people out or try to get together and no one keeps their promise, make excuses or they just want be left alone to stay home. Many people don’t invite you out either. All people do here is go to work and then go home. That’s basically it. I’ve never gone to the mall so much in my life as I do since I have lived here, even when there is nothing to do at the mall accept go to Barnes and Nobles, drink coffee and read a book. The mall is a great example of sad CT seeing it is filled with dollar stores, and there are so many businesses coming and going.

    Culture is lacking in this state. There are no big cities that excite. This state is where fun comes to die. As a musician, I have played many empty club venues even in downtown Hartford. Forget about being an artist of any kind in this state. NO ONE CARES. People come to your shows, or see your art in a gallery and your forgotten about the next day. There is no sense of artistic qualities in this state or beyond, and there hasn’t been since Mark Twain was alive. Maybe its because everyone is working and working in order to pay for their high expenses of living here instead of enjoying time off?

    Our neighboring city of Hartford, Springfield MA is trying to get better and they are making way better efforts and showing quicker improvements than Hartford. For example, their new casino, and newly revamped Basketball Hall of Fame, or the Big E. Or if you go 25 miles north of Springfield you have Northampton or Amherst which are smaller but have way more excitement than what’s going on in any city in Connecticut. Its amazing when I go to some of these towns only 50 miles away from the CT border in MA and I notice the energy and demeanor of people is completely different. Its true that CT is only a highway between the best two cities in the USA, New York and Boston.

    I see obvious ways to increase income for this state and its helped states like Colorado wipe out their deficits. For example, like legalization of Marijuana for recreational use. Or building a Casino in a major city like Hartford (not on some reservation). Government folk here need to make this a priority and it can build the economy. Trust me, people will want to start moving here. More businesses will come into the state. What does Hartford do? They build unaffordable downtown housing, build a baseball stadium for a minor league team that sells more tickets to business for employee engagement, and schools than regular buyers. Creates Adrian’s Landing, a Science Center and Infinity Hall downtown, a movie theater which many people don’t frequent.

    The government is at fault for making this state a bad place for business. Taxes, taxes and more taxes. Too many handouts, too many welfare recipients. Makes it unfair to us working people. Too many taxes to help all these people. Making the working man pay for this. What a shame. Make people go to work. All these freebees and welfare have destroyed this state and this state may never come back to being a great place to live. I just think things will just get worse before they get better and then people will wake up and start making a change. Voting in people who want to make this place a better place to live. Its no wonder people are so grumpy here. It sucks.

  • MCW
    November 3, 2018

    You may want to make it 9 reasons CT SUCKS-
    Weather! Rain June through October practically daily. May as well live in Seattle.

    • June!
      November 16, 2018

      I moved to CT from NYC in the mid 90’s and this State is the same boring, introverted, expensive, arrogant and full of crap place its ever been. Aside from the education that my children are getting i can honestly say that this place has given me anxiety and depression, something I never had growing up in NYC. I’m looking to move asap before it’s to late!

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