Connecticut Youth Opportunity Atlas

Back • Publication Date: March 15th, 2017

Authors: Lauren Ruth, Ph.D., Alexandra Ricks, Rachel Leventhal-Weiner, Ph.D., and Daniel Long, Ph.D.

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This report analyzes town-by-town data to map outcomes related to opportunity such as teen birth rates and academic achievement. This analysis helps to understand the key factors that set the stage for youth opportunity within communities. Additionally, by examining outliers among otherwise similar communities, this report identifies successful policies and practices to improve these youth outcomes.

The report finds significant disparities in communities across Connecticut based on demographic factors, including population density, residential segregation, and average income. Youth growing up in dense, low-income areas and areas with segregated populations of racial minorities are more likely to struggle, while youth growing up in wealthier rural and suburban areas with predominantly white residents have more positive outcomes. These community characteristics correlate with factors that may negatively impact youth throughout their lives: teen birth rates, youth disconnection, and juvenile arrests.

The analysis also sheds light on specific factors driving these disparities. For example, housing stability predicts lower teen birth rates and high school dropouts being more likely to find employment. Suspension rates predict juvenile arrests and youth disconnection.

You can explore the full dataset and interactive maps with town-by-town data in our Tableau page