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Three CT counties show increase in residents on SNAP since COVID

Almost three years since the COVD-19 pandemic began, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Progam also known as food stamps) numbers in Fairfield, Hartford and Tolland counties have increased from their 2019 numbers.

Households receiving food assistance have gone up in three Connecticut counties and are down in five counties, compared to pre-pandemic numbers. Litchfield, New Haven and Middlesex counties had decreases between 0.7 percent and 3 percent while New London and Windham saw decreases

Here’s where the wealthiest CT residents moved in the pandemic

During COVID's first wave in early 2020, many Connecticut residents packed up and headed down to Florida, according to data from the Internal Revenue Service.

IRS tax return data for 2019-2020 shows where people moved to from Connecticut by comparing the addresses people filed in from one year to the next. The data shows how many people moved from Connecticut’s counties to other locations out of state, as well as how much income traveled across the two regions.

In Connecticut, the wealthiest m

How the Bay Area’s 25 largest cities rank on ‘quality of life’ metrics — and how that compares with affordability

Where’s the best place to live in the Bay Area? It depends what you are looking for, of course. But while no single method could definitively crown one city as having the best quality of life, The Chronicle made our best effort to rank the region’s 25 largest cities.

We based our rankings on 11 qualities for which there is widely available data. These measures include: bars, bike score, racial and ethnic diversity, distance to the nearest airport, number of food retailers, libraries, movie thea

The geography of San Francisco’s bars is changing

The new bars in San Francisco are not headed downtown.

Liquor license data from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control shows bars and restaurants with full-sale liquor licenses in San Francisco are popping up in different neighborhoods than before. A bar or restaurant must have a full-sale liquor license to sell beer, wine and liquor.

In 2021, the number of liquor licenses obtained by establishments in neighborhoods like Chinatown, the Marina, the Castro/Upper Market and the I