These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Connecticut For 2019


These are the cream of the crop when it comes to the Constitution State

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best places to live in Connecticut.

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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:

  1. Shelton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Milford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Middletown (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Bristol (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Stamford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Norwalk (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Groton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Danbury (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Naugatuck (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. 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.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

For more Connecticut reading, check out:

Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in Connecticut

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’.

Now we also realize that city living might not be your cup of tea, so we ran the following analysis on towns and then again for small towns.

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
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data and FBI Crime Data.

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, CT

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/10

Population: 40,979
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $338,200 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.9% (6th best)
More on Shelton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Milford, CT

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Population: 52,005
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $305,100 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.6% (2nd best)
More on Milford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, CT

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7.5
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Population: 46,933
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $228,500 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.3% (1st best)
More on Middletown: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.”

Enough said.

Bristol, CT

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8.5
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Population: 60,437
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $192,500 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.8% (5th best)
More on Bristol: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, CT

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8.5
/10

Population: 127,410
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $504,200 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 8.0% (8th best)
More on Stamford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Norwalk, CT

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7.5
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Population: 87,930
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $416,800 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.9% (6th best)
More on Norwalk: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, CT

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8.5
/10

Population: 9,240
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $198,100 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.5% (4th best)
More on Groton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, CT

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8
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Population: 83,890
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $286,400 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.3% (3rd best)
More on Danbury: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, CT

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8.5
/10

Population: 31,625
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $178,800 (14th best)
Unemployment Rate: 10.0% (13th best)
More on Naugatuck: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

West Haven, CT

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8
/10

Population: 54,972
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $193,800 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 11.3% (16th best)
More on West Haven: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

  1. Weatogue (Pop. 3,179)
  2. Gales Ferry (Pop. 1,005)
  3. West Simsbury (Pop. 2,354)
  4. Mystic (Pop. 4,241)
  5. Georgetown (Pop. 1,821)
  6. Durham (Pop. 2,687)
  7. Woodmont (Pop. 1,425)
  8. Southport (Pop. 1,694)
  9. Pemberwick (Pop. 4,286)
  10. Guilford Center (Pop. 2,517)

Best Small Towns To Live In Connecticut

  1. Terramuggus (Pop. 934)
  2. Fenwick (Pop. 78)
  3. Groton Long Point (Pop. 477)
  4. New Preston (Pop. 996)
  5. Wilton Center (Pop. 675)
  6. Stonington (Pop. 973)
  7. Mansfield Center (Pop. 969)
  8. Falls Village (Pop. 490)
  9. Lakeville (Pop. 903)
  10. Brooklyn (Pop. 906)

If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Connecticut according to the data:

  1. Bridgeport (Pop. 147,022)
  2. Waterbury (Pop. 109,211)
  3. Hartford (Pop. 124,320)

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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Connecticut

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Shelton 40,979 7.9% $338,200
2 Milford 52,005 6.6% $305,100
3 Middletown 46,933 6.3% $228,500
4 Bristol 60,437 7.8% $192,500
5 Stamford 127,410 8.0% $504,200
6 Norwalk 87,930 7.9% $416,800
7 Groton 9,240 7.5% $198,100
8 Danbury 83,890 7.3% $286,400
9 Naugatuck 31,625 10.0% $178,800
10 West Haven 54,972 11.3% $193,800
11 Meriden 60,203 8.9% $174,800
12 Norwich 40,057 9.7% $169,600
13 Torrington 35,227 8.6% $162,300
14 Ansonia 18,950 11.5% $214,800
15 Derby 12,755 9.7% $199,400
16 New Britain 72,876 10.7% $157,300
17 New London 27,218 12.5% $183,900
18 New Haven 130,405 11.3% $190,700
19 Bridgeport 147,022 15.2% $168,200
20 Waterbury 109,211 13.2% $129,500
21 Hartford 124,320 17.5% $159,100

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15 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Connecticut For 2019

  1. Connecticut has 169 towns, your data set is not aggregating and incrementing ranking correctly with two distinct issues:
    1) Several duplicates such as lines 98 and 99, both named “Middletown”
    1) Less obvious CDP (census designated place)/Village usage such as East Granby, North Granby and Granby. Only the Town of Granby and Town of East Granby exist, the Census Designated Place of North Granby is a village, not a town or city and should be aggregated within its town/city.

    1. Doesn’t matter North , West or just Granby still under the poor leadership of Town Hall, Worthless Community Developer and High Taxes!!! Just see what they did to the landowner at 572 Salmon Brook Street! They should all be ashamed of their lack of leadership!! The P&Z Commission needs to be completely voted out, too!!!

  2. CT has very high taxes. CT STINKS!
    Our Govenor just raised taxes on corporations and now we may lose some important businesses that are headquartered here.
    CT

  3. You would think that neighboring areas would score similarly on the weather ranking but that does not appear to be the case, particularly with the number of sunny days.

  4. Granby is below Wilimantic , no surprise with the highest taxes and the worst Town Government. Just a bunch of Liars!!!!

  5. Does Weston’s ranking include its underpopulated schools and overly taxed citizens?
    How about the fact that we have a tiny town center that overcharges for its merchandise?

  6. When the article started by suggesting that Connecticut is the best darn state in the nation, the author lost credibility almost as fast as the state is losing population.

    High taxes and cost of living, terrible weather, crappy roads, marginal schools, crowded conditions, and little to do cause so many people to move away as soon as they can. I cant wait to be among those waving goodbye to the Constitution state. I’ve lived a lot of different places, and this state has the least to offer.

  7. Besides the numerous obvious flaws in this study, your number 1 consideration: “Population Density (The higher the better)” is simply inane. I don’t think there’s a person in the state that would opt for overcrowded urban conditions, yet that’s exactly what you classify as optimum. It’s possible there is an “optimum” population density, but you have failed entirely by not trying to determine that quantifier and simply pulled “more is better” out of thin air.

    1. Seems like from a stand point of selling HomeSnacks this list might be accurate to that specail interst group only.

  8. As soon as you said, “We firmly decided that yes, bigger cities should be given a bigger ranking factor…” this was no longer scientific but an opinion. Correcting data doesn’t make something “scientific.” Objectively analyzing the data does.

  9. Connecticut is a generally great place to live. I live, I pay taxes, I work, and I love Connecticut.

    If anyone has come here just to say how terrible Connecticut is, you really need to take a step back and examine the parts of your life that you’re blaming on the state and figure out how to act on them in a positive way that will in turn brighten your life.

    Connecticut is fantastic. First in flight as well.

  10. I grew up in Branchville across the tracks from Georgetown, it was about as ” Mayberry” as you could get. It was a great place to grow up, haven’t been back for thirty years don’t suspect it’s changed that much.

  11. Hello my name is Tyler, I just so happen to scroll into these comments on your state, Connecticut during my search since my wife and I are contemplating moving there in a year or two at the most. I would like to gain some further perspective on the cities, towns and the state in general. A little history about us… We are from Seattle, WA born and raised and moved to Georgia 3 years ago. I am in the transportation industry and my wife is a realtor for Keller Williams. We are interested in living in a place with all 4 seasons. We are active and will get out in all weather conditions. The educational system is important to us, because we are in the process of starting a family. Crime is a concern for us, being that New Haven is the 3rd most dangerous city in the country raises some flags, but we are not naive and are aware that all major cities have a crime issue. Diversity is important, as we are pretty well rounded in this area and would like our children to be as well. Also a since of community. I have searched on Niche for most of my information as well as reading forums and blogs such as this one. These however, are the locations we are considering; Middletown, Stamford, West Haven, Norwalk, Hamden, Windsor, Danbury, Brandford, Milford and Stratford. We would like to narrow our list, any suggestions?

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