8. Hartford, Connecticut
The population of Connecticut’s capital has slid from about 124,800 in 2010 to an estimated 122,600 in 2018. What the heck, Hartford?
Some people are being driven out by the property taxes — the highest in the Nutmeg State. Home prices can be high, too, and they’ve risen 12.3% in the past year. And though murders were down in 2018, the overall rate of violent crime is said to be the worst in Connecticut.
On top of all of that, the local job market isn’t great, despite the presence of financial services and insurance giants such as The Hartford. Unemployment was a stiff 6.4% in April.