The High Cost of Being Poor in Hartford

Posted June 21, 2017
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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This report showcases the “high cost of being poor” reality of the 2003 KIDS COUNT Data Book essay by presenting the everyday budget struggles of low-income working families of Hartford, Connecticut. Using local data, the report makes a case for public benefits and supports to help mitigate the impact of higher health care, transportation and child care costs on inner city working families.

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Key Takeaway

The reality of paying more because you’re poor

Low-income families not only face higher costs by going to work, but also higher costs simply by living in a poor community. Small-scale local businesses cannot take advantage of the economies of scale that enable larger, mainstream businesses to offer more products at lower prices.