How do you pick the best places to live in what many agree is the best darn state in the nation? If you do a survey, you’ll get opinions based on most likely, emotions.
That’s why we use science. After all, the data never lies.
After analyzing everything from weather and amenities to crime and education, we’ve come up with the following list as the best places to live in Connecticut. Read on below to see how we calculated the results and where your home town ranked. Hint: If you live in New Haven County, consider yourself lucky.
The Top 10 Best Places to Live in Connecticut are:
- Shelton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Milford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Middletown (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bristol (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Stamford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Norwalk (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Groton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Danbury (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Naugatuck (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- West Haven (Photos | Homes For Sale)
Well, it looks like you should check out Shelton if you’re thinking of moving to Connecticut — it’s the best the Constitution State has to offer according to the data.
Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in Connecticut.
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The Pressing Question: Size
Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit Hartford with a population of 124,320 against places with a population of 18?
We firmly decided no, that just isn’t fair.
So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:
- Cities — Populations over 9,000
- Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 9,000
- Small Towns — Populations below 1,000
This left us with 21 cities, 67 towns, and 13 small towns.
We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best places have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 9,000 people to truly be ‘the best’.
You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.
How We Calculated The Best Cities To Live In Connecticut
Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.
We ranked each place in Connecticut across a number of criteria from one to 21, with one being the best.
We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place To Live In Connecticut”.
The criteria we looked at were:
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Population Density (Higher better)
- Unemployment Rate
- Commute Time
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in Connecticut? That would be Shelton.
If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in Connecticut.
Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with Shelton at the end of the cul-de-sac.
Shelton takes 1st place on our list of best places in Connecticut for 2019 thanks to a strong showing in unemployment rate (6th overall) and things to do.
Shelton is no stranger to top ten lists, being named one of the best places to live in the country by multiple outlets over the past ten years. And that tends to happen when home prices hit $338,200 at the median.
The crime is the 12th lowest in the state in Milford, and there were only 34 violent crimes in the entire city last year. We think it’s even safer here than the numbers indicate.
The schools are some of the best in Connecticut, and residents live in very expensive homes. They also earn more than most every other city in the state. Residents in Milford earn $81,971 a year.
Middletown is another great city in Connecticut with a low unemployment rate and where residents earn high salaries.
Said one reviewer on City-Data.com: ” We feel incredibly safe in Middletown. The houses and neighborhoods are beautiful, the people are friendly, and it’s wonderful to have such good neighbors. People watch out for each other here, they teach their children to be respectful of others and things.”
If you live in Bristol, you probably know how great it is already.
Bristol has a stable economy where residents earn a large salary ($61,551). And the crime is really, really low (2nd lowest in Connecticut).
If we could afford to move here, we probably would.
Stamford broke into the top ten best places to live in Connecticut on the back of a low unemployment and a quality schools system.
It placed 8th overall for its low unemployment rate and the 3rd highest median income of any place in our analysis.
However, it only has the 18th shortest average commute time of any place in Connecticut.
The Town of Norwalk consistently ranks as one of the best places to live. There aren’t any surprises here. Which probably adds credibility to our data, right?
Let’s see why Norwalk ranks so high. First of all, the homes in Norwalk are the 2nd most expensive in the state of Connecticut, with the average home worth a whopping $416,800. We’re not elitists, nor are we saying that big homes means a better place to live. But price reflects demand, and simply put, a lot of people want to live in Norwalk if they can afford it.
Other numbers that stand out: Norwalk residents have the 4th highest income in the state, and the 9th lowest crime numbers in Connecticut.
Groton comes in 7th in our best places to live in Connecticut analysis.
Ranking highly for its exceptionally low unemployment rate (4th overall) and crime rate (13th overall), Groton is the exact kind of place you’d want to live with a family.
Several large companies call the surrounding area home which should keep Groton in our lists for years to come.
Danbury has a long and illustrious history and its ranking in the top ten of our best places to live is just another notch in its belt.\n\Danbury had the 5th highest household median income adjusted for cost of living at $67,430.
Not to mention that its residents have plenty to do on the weekends.
Naugatuck’s unemployment rates are some of the lowest in the state and the median income is the 8th highest, making Naugatuck a great place to work and settle down if you’re look for a stable job with a stable income.
Additionally, Naugatuck has above average education and low crime, making this place a safe place to live.
We wouldn’t be surprised to see CNN call West Haven one of the best places to live in the United States. Not only do the residents all make great livings, there’s essentially no crime in the entire city. And the residents are very involved in the community.
They can’t build homes fast enough here as it seems everyone wants a piece of West Haven.
Wrapping Up The Best Places When It Comes To Living In Connecticut
If you’re looking at areas in Connecticut with the best economic situations, where there’s lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
Shelton made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for the best place to live in Connecticut for 2019.
Best Towns To Live In Connecticut
- Weatogue (Pop. 3,179)
- Gales Ferry (Pop. 1,005)
- West Simsbury (Pop. 2,354)
- Mystic (Pop. 4,241)
- Georgetown (Pop. 1,821)
- Durham (Pop. 2,687)
- Woodmont (Pop. 1,425)
- Southport (Pop. 1,694)
- Pemberwick (Pop. 4,286)
- Guilford Center (Pop. 2,517)
Best Small Towns To Live In Connecticut
- Terramuggus (Pop. 934)
- Fenwick (Pop. 78)
- Groton Long Point (Pop. 477)
- New Preston (Pop. 996)
- Wilton Center (Pop. 675)
- Stonington (Pop. 973)
- Mansfield Center (Pop. 969)
- Falls Village (Pop. 490)
- Lakeville (Pop. 903)
- Brooklyn (Pop. 906)
If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Connecticut according to the data:
- Bridgeport (Pop. 147,022)
- Waterbury (Pop. 109,211)
- Hartford (Pop. 124,320)
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