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Study names Bridgeport the worst U.S. city for renters

A new study released by WalletHub has named Bridgeport as the worst city in the country for renters.

The WalletHub study analyzed the rental market in 182 cities using 23 factors ranging from the cost of living, employment opportunities and the difference between rental rates and mortgage payments. Bridgeport ranked third-to-last for its rent-to-price ratio, second-to-last for rental market affordability and 145th for quality of life considerations.

The only other Connecticut city in the study, New Haven, ranked second-to-last in the overall ratings. Yonkers was the only Westchester city included in the study, and it earned a 114th overall rating.

As for the top five cities for renters, WalletHub determined those favored cities were Scottsdale, Arizona; Overland Park, Kansas; Bismarck, North Dakota; Gilbert, Arizona; and Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Phil Hall's writing for Westfair Communications has earned multiple awards from the Connecticut Press Club and the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists. He is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News and the author of 10 books (including the 2020 release "Moby Dick: The Radio Play" and the upcoming "Jesus Christ Movie Star," both published by BearManor Media). He is also the host of the SoundCloud podcast "The Online Movie Show," co-host of the WAPJ-FM talk show "Nutmeg Chatter" and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill's Congress Blog, Profit Confidential, The MReport and StockNews.com. Outside of journalism, he is also a horror movie actor - usually playing the creepy villain who gets badly killed at the end of each film.

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