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Welcome to Connecticut, one of the most expensive and wealthiest states.
But assuming you have the cash to move to the Nutmeg State, you might be wondering what the best place to call home would be. So we did the math to help you understand why you should think about moving to Shelton. 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 most likely get opinions based emotions.
That's why we use science -- a mix of Census and FBI data on indicators of quality of life in Connecticut. After all, the data never lies. And 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 hometown ranked.
Hint: If you live in New Haven County, consider yourself lucky.
Here are the 10 best places to live in Connecticut for 2019:
- 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)
What's the best place to live in Connecticut? According to the most recent FBI and Census data, Shelton comes in first as the best place in Connecticut for 2019 based. Hope you can afford to make the move.
As you can see, there are plenty of amazing places to live in Connecticut, but these top ten cities undoubtedly take the cake.
Their low unemployment rates, low crime rates, high incomes, low household vacancy rates, and abundance of things to do make these ten places the best places to live in Connecticut for 2019.
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The 10 Best Places To Live In Connecticut For 2019
Shelton is unequivocally the best place to live in Connecticut. Not only do they have the highest student expenditure in the state, meaning they place a very high value on their students' education, but they also have the highest median income.
Additionally, they have the 1st lowest crime rate, making it one of the safest city in Connecticut. If that wasn't enough, their unemployment rate is only 7.9%%.
Overall, Shelton is the place to live in Connecticut.
Say what you want about cheap living. The fact is, homes are priced by demand, and there's A LOT of demand to live in Milford.
Milford ranked impressively high for its crime rate (12th overall) and its short commute times (17th).
We think that's worth the price of admission.
Let's take a look at why Middletown is a great place to call home for 2019.
There's low crime in Middletown, and the residents here are gainfully employed (6.3% unemployment rate).
You can make Middletown your home for only $228,500 which won't be too hard on a $63,828 household salary.
Bristol is a short drive from everything, but who would want to leave the 4th best place in Connecticut?
Homes are priced around $192,500 and residents have the 10th shortest commute in Connecticut.
You might be surprised to see the Town of Stamford so high on the list. Unless you live in Stamford.
The unemployment rate here is really low, and at 8.0%, Stamford residents are some of the hardest working in the state of Connecticut. When you factor in high home prices, high incomes and low crime, Stamford is doing quite well.
Let's be honest -- Stamford is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.
Norwalk is by far one of the best places to live in Connecticut: the math proves it! This city has the 6th lowest unemployment rate and the 4th highest median income in all of Connecticut.
Plus, the median home values are the 2nd highest in the state. And if all of that isn't enough to convince you, then check this out: their crime rate is the 9th lowest in the state, making Norwalk a safe and great place to live.
Groton is feeling the love as it ranks as the 7th best city to live in Connecticut for 2019.
It ranked highly because of its high incomes (12th overall) and low crime (13th overall and one of the best in the top ten).
We think the city should probably change its motto at this point to something like "The Place To Be In Connecticut".
It's obvious why Danbury ranks 8th in the state for best places to live: they have the 3rd lowest unemployment rate and the 5th highest home values.
Plus, they're known for their quality education and relatively low crime, making Danbury a great place to live.
Naugatuck makes a case for being one of the best places to live in Connecticut mainly because of a low crime rate and a higher than average household income level.
And when school spending is higher than the national average and only 10.0% of folks are jobless, you can bet Naugatuck residents are glad to live where they do.
West Haven is a cute little city where crime is far below the state average, and where it's affordable. The schools are also solidly rated.
Home prices clock in at $193,800 and households earn a median salary of $50,831. One could get used to that.
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'.
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.
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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