Every state has its risks, and Connecticut is no different. Sure, we have picturesque towns and quaint seaside villages. Not to mention a plethora of hiking trails, camping grounds, and picnic areas that will leave you speechless. But we also have some risks to consider if you want to make this your permanent home.
1. Extreme weather patterns.
Connecticut has flooding, hurricanes, snow storms, and scorching summer days. So you'll need to be prepared to deal with it from season to season. Especially if you have kids and you're used to nice weather on Halloween. They'll want to show off their costume but you'll have to wrangle them into a winter coat.
2. Cost of living.
Try not to cry when your tank hits empty. Everything in Connecticut is expensive, which is pretty upsetting because a large amount of the state's wealth actually comes from folks who work in New York. That's why Fairfield County isn't so beloved.
If the everyday cost wasn't bad enough, most locals will agree that the taxes in this state are borderline outrageous. Jokes and fears about what they're going to tax next are constantly coming up over dinner, so tax season is just a generally gloomy time here.
4. Driving stinks.
The commuter traffic is just horrendous, especially when you're dealing with two lane highways. And in small towns you have to deal with winding back roads and poorly marked streets. That can mean a lot of effort just to drop your kid off at a birthday party.
5. Snow days are rare.
Whether you're a businessman looking for an excuse to work from home or a student who really didn't want to give that presentation today, Connecticut has mastered the art of snow removal. So don't get your hopes up every time the weather channel says storm. The roads will likely be cleared.
After John Rowland, Philip Giordano, Joe Ganim and Ernie Newton, Connecticut was nicknamed "Corrupticut" in the papers. But we've been doing better the last decade in scrutinizing candidates. Though that doesn't necessarily mean the residents are happy with their representatives.
7. High population density.
Unless you live on a farm or can afford a large plot of land, chances are you live pretty close to your neighbors. In some towns, driveways are shared, which creates little clusters. But those clusters are distanced from other clusters. On Halloween, handing out candy is the responsibility of a few select streets where the driveways are shorter and houses are easier to access.
8. It gets boring.
Sure, there's a lot to look at, but what does one do after they've visited all the museums? Most people retreat to nearby New York City or Boston. If you grow up here, you've usually been to most of the attractions by your teens.
9. The economic divide.
It's hard to ignore in Connecticut, and can make you feel quite guilty. In one county, there can be the richest and the poorest, the highest performing schools and the lowest. This state doesn't share too well across town lines which leaves some communities in a pinch.
10. The biggest risk is falling in love.
Many people joke about loving Connecticut "for some odd reason." The truth is that every state has its flaws, but much like rooting for a losing sports team, your loyalty lies where it lies. The beautiful landscapes are hard to part with, and people will pay the price (literally) to remain a Nutmegger for life. The people are friendly, but no one is without faults, and Connecticut will likely continue to shine as one of the greatest states in the country. So don't feel bad if this place is your home. It's mine too!
Many folks still believe Connecticut is the bee’s knees. What do you think?