Fairfield County's income inequality among worst in the country

CAFCA | July 20, 2015 |

The gap between the country's wealthiest and poorest is widening, and is very wide in Connecticut. "I'm a therapist, I see it in my practice all the time," said Marina Klimoda.  "I have clients from Bridgeport, 10 minutes away, who struggle, and 10 minutes away is Westport or Southport, which is very wealthy. It is a fact."

A new 24/7 Wall Street study shows the median household income in Fairfield County is more than $82,000 a year, and more than 18-percent of people earn more than $200,000 a year.
Households on the bottom 20-percent of the income spectrum earned at most $30,000 a year.

“I’ve been here 25 years. One of things which maintains the income disparity between the communities is the dependence on local property tax. All the businesses in Bridgeport that used to employ so many people left. Bridgeport taxes went sky high,” said Robert Davey.

What can be done to bridge the gap?

“I wish I knew,” said Klimoda. “I think solution is education.”

“I think the big thing to bridge the gap is education and working with multiple providers in the area to make sure people get their needs met,” said Alyssa Kolesar.

According to the study, income inequality has been on the rise since 2007.