February 21, 2014
“Despite the much lower cost of living in Southeastern Connecticut compared to the tony western suburbs—Zillow’s Rent Index says the median rent in Greenwich is $5,529; in Norwich it’s $1,228—residents complain bitterly about what they consider their high cost of living.
Of course, it’s all relative. Relative to Greenwich’s per capita income of $88,519, Norwich’s $25,512 can only be stretched so far. The city’s recent high unemployment rate—7.3 percent compared to Greenwich’s 4.3 percent—isn’t only due to the still-struggling economy, but reflects the over-supply of low-skill workers and state policies that seem meant to keep the region isolated.”
Read more of this article by John-Manuel Andriote for Pacific Standard here.