June 22, 2018

Report: 68% of Hartford residents in ‘challenged’ areas

Photo | HBJ File
Photo | HBJ File
A “no-trespass” sign surrounds two Washington Street properties, which CliniFlow Technologies' David Wagner proposed to redevelop.

Hartford has the most residents living in "challenged" neighborhoods in the U.S., according to a new report.

The nonprofit research organization the Urban Land Institute says 68 percent of Hartford residents live in areas with lower home values and apartment rents and limited new development. Many challenged areas are also likely bordering former manufacturing and industrial districts.

Under the report, Detroit narrowly trailed Hartford with 67 percent of its residents living in challenged neighborhoods.

On the positive end, San Jose (82 percent) and San Antonio (71 percent) have the largest among of residents living in stable neighborhoods.

Meantime, Seattle (53 percent) and Austin (43 percent) have the most residents living in high-end neighborhoods, the study says.

More than 29 million Americans living in urban areas, which represents 17 percent of the U.S. population living in 1 percent of land in the nation's 50 largest cities.

Urban residents account for about 30 percent of U.S. jobs and 36 percent of new job growth from 2005 to 2015.

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