10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Connecticut For 2019

We used science and data to determine which cities in Connecticut have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for . This is our second time ranking the best cities for families in Connecticut.

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If you’re like the rest of us, you’re looking for the perfect place for your family. But you have a strict criteria; the city has to be safe, affordable, and stimulating. Basically, the place you move – or even visit – has to be outright perfect.

Is that attainable? Perhaps not, but we’ll get you as close as we can.


According to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous?

Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.

So, where are the best cities for families in Connecticut? We’ve got the answers here.

If you’re thinking of making a move to Connecticut, and want a family-friendly place, we’ve got you covered. And if you already have kids, we’re surprised you made it this far into the article and hope your little ones give you a couple of more minutes of free time.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out some more reading about Connecticut and the best places for families in the country:

How do you determine which place is best for families in Connecticut anyways?

To give you the places in Connecticut which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s family-friendly and what isn’t.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Constitution State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Connecticut, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 12,000 people. For Connecticut, that meant a total of 35 cities.

Read on to see why Willimantic is where all the families are headed, while Meriden is probably a place made for singles.

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Connecticut For 2019

Willimantic, CT

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Population: 17,550
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 43
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 31.2%
More on Willimantic: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Willimantic is a census-designated place, former city and borough, and special-services district. It is located in the town of Windham in Windham County, Connecticut. The population was 17,737 at the 2010 census. It is home to Eastern Connecticut State University and the Windham Textile and History Museum. Willimantic was incorporated as a city in 1893; the city was superseded in 1983 by the Willimantic Special Services District/Willimantic CDP. It is also the birthplace of former U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd of Connecticut.

Westport, CT

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Population: 27,777
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 53
Closest Major City: Yonkers
Households with kids: 40.0%
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Westport is a town located in Connecticut, along Long Island Sound within Connecticut’s Gold Coast in Fairfield County, Connecticut. It is 47 miles northeast of New York City. The town had a population of 26,391 according to the 2010 U.S. Census, and is ranked 22nd among America-s 100 Richest Places as well as second in Connecticut, with populations between 20,000 and 65,000.

Darien, CT

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Population: 21,742
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 41
Closest Major City: Yonkers
Households with kids: 51.4%
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Darien is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. Located on Connecticut’s “Gold Coast,” the population was 20,732 at the 2010 census. Darien is one of the wealthiest communities in the U.S.; it was listed at #2 on CNN Money’s list of “top-earning towns” in the United States as of 2010.

Orange, CT

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Population: 13,981
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 46
Closest Major City: Yonkers
Households with kids: 31.2%
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Orange is a town in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 13,956 at the 2010 census. The town is governed by a Board of Selectmen.

Greenwich, CT

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Population: 13,399
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 63
Closest Major City: Yonkers
Households with kids: 26.5%
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Greenwich is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. As of the 2010 census, the town had a total population of 61,171. The largest town on Connecticut’s Gold Coast, it is home to many hedge funds and other financial service companies. Greenwich is the southernmost and westernmost municipality in Connecticut as well as the six-state region of New England. It takes roughly 40-50 minutes by train from Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. CNN/Money and Money magazine ranked Greenwich 12th on its list of the “100 Best Places to Live in the United States” in 2005. The town is named after Greenwich, a borough of London in the United Kingdom.

Shelton, CT

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Population: 41,282
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 61
Closest Major City: Yonkers
Households with kids: 25.3%
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Shelton is a city in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 39,559 at the 2010 census.

West Hartford, CT

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Population: 63,360
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 60
Closest Major City: Yonkers
Households with kids: 30.4%
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West Hartford is an affluent suburb located in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States. Located 5 miles west of downtown Hartford, the population was 63,268 at the 2010 census.

Ansonia, CT

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Population: 18,953
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 50
Closest Major City: Yonkers
Households with kids: 25.8%
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Ansonia is a city in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States, on the Naugatuck River, immediately north of Derby, and about 12 miles northwest of New Haven. The population was 19,249 at the 2010 census. The ZIP code for Ansonia is 06401. The city is served by the Metro-North Railroad. Ansonia Station is a stop on the railroad passenger commuter service’s Waterbury line, connecting to New York’s Grand Central Terminal. Ansonia also is served by the Connecticut Transit bus carrier. Connecticut Route 8 serves Ansonia.

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Population: 36,455
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 64
Closest Major City: Yonkers
Households with kids: 35.1%
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Trumbull is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut bordered by the towns of Monroe, Shelton, Stratford, Bridgeport, Fairfield and Easton. The population was 36,018 according to the 2010 census. The town includes one of two reservations in the state occupied by the state-recognized Golden Hill Paugussett Indian Nation, descendants of the historic people who held this area in the colonial era.

Stamford, CT

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Population: 128,851
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 68
Closest Major City: Yonkers
Households with kids: 27.8%
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Stamford is a city in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 122,643. As of July 1, 2014, according to the Census Bureau, the population of Stamford had risen to 128,278, making it the third-largest city in the state and the seventh-largest city in New England. Approximately 30 miles from Manhattan, Stamford is in the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk Metro area which is a part of the Greater New York metropolitan area.

There You Have It – The Best Places To Raise A Family In Connecticut

If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in Connecticut ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the best cities for singles Connecticut according to the data:

  1. Meriden
  2. Waterbury
  3. Newington

For more Connecticut reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Connecticut

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Willimantic, CT 17,550 40
2 Westport, CT 27,777 51
3 Darien, CT 21,742 42
4 Orange, CT 13,981 38
5 Greenwich, CT 13,399 67
6 Shelton, CT 41,282 64
7 West Hartford, CT 63,360 68
8 Ansonia, CT 18,953 64
9 Trumbull, CT 36,455 55
10 Stamford, CT 128,851 78
11 Middletown, CT 46,747 66
12 Bristol, CT 60,498 53
13 Danbury, CT 84,573 67
14 Windsor Locks, CT 12,563 57
15 Wethersfield, CT 26,395 50
16 Norwich, CT 39,875 47
17 Bridgeport, CT 147,586 68
18 Hartford, CT 124,390 89
19 Norwalk, CT 88,537 43
20 North Haven, CT 23,877 61
21 Naugatuck, CT 31,649 33
22 New London, CT 27,147 64
23 West Haven, CT 55,044 45
24 Milford, CT 52,331 59
25 New Haven, CT 130,884 97
26 Manchester, CT 30,021 53
27 East Hartford, CT 50,812 49
28 Stratford, CT 52,529 45
29 Derby, CT 12,700 58
30 East Haven, CT 29,006 57
31 Torrington, CT 35,078 56
32 New Britain, CT 73,069 49
33 Newington, CT 30,603 47
34 Waterbury, CT 109,250 50
35 Meriden, CT 60,241 41

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