Here's a chilling indicator of how nasty Connecticut's recession has been: the number of people living in poverty in the past three years increased in Bloomfield, Bridgeport, Norwalk, Shelton, Stamford, Wethersfield and Windham.
That's according to a new analysis by Connecticut Voices for Children of the latest U.S. Census data.
The federal poverty level for the continental United States is now $22,350 for a family of four, and the number of people living below that mark in Connecticut rose to 9.7 percent.
And as Connecticut's poverty has risen, there's been a corresponding drop in the statewide median income to $67,067.
All the numbers used in this analysis are three-year averages for 2008-2010 when compared to the three-year averages for the 2005-2007 period.
The census data released in late October shows that only one city or town in this state with a population of more than 20,000 saw its median income rise, and that lucky community was Fairfield. The town's mid-point income went from $108,693 for 2005-07 to an average of $117,178 for the past three years.
The community with the highest number of folks living in poverty was Windham, with 24.5 percent (up from 17.5 percent). Bridgeport was a close second, with 22.7 percent of its population living below that federal threshold.
East Haven and Norwalk are tied for having the highest level of childhood poverty, with 15 percent.