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 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)
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 10 Best Places To Live In Connecticut For 2019
When you’re looking at the best places you could live in Connecticut, Shelton came in 1st. Let’s see why.
It has a low unemployment rate and high incomes.
Plus, Shelton has an impressive history for a place of just over 40,979 people. The median home costs a cool $338,200 and households make $87,277 which is good for 1st 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.
There’s two types of people who live in Middletown. Either the old hold outs who have lived there forever and are watching their home values skyrocket, or those d who can afford to buy a $228,500 home there.
Either way, you’re set. Your kids go to great schools, there’s a ton of things to do, and you earn a great salary. Middletown is exactly what you hoped for when you played that board game, LIFE as a kid.
Bristol is known for having a great education system and has the 10th shortest commute time.
Additionally, the unemployment rate in Bristol is the 5th lowest in Connecticut and the median income is the 7th highest in the state.
Perhaps what makes Stamford so amazing is the high emphasis they put on quality education: they have one of the highest rate of education at attainment for adults.
However, quality education isn’t all that makes Stamford great. They also have the 3rd highest median income and the 18th shortest commute time.
In Norwalk, everyone loves to call Norwalk home! The median home value is the 2nd highest in Connecticut.
Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 6th lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Constitution State.
Norwalk should consider renaming to Paradise Valley in our humble opinion.
If you don’t have a job in Groton, you’re most likely not trying very hard. The unemployment rate here is almost as low as you can get — 7.5%. In fact, there are probably enough butler and landscaping jobs available here to put every single unemployed resident to work, what with a median income of $55,137.
That’s actually not a bad idea…
The Town of Danbury 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 Danbury ranks so high. First of all, the homes in Danbury are the 5th most expensive in the state of Connecticut, with the average home worth a whopping $286,400. 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 Danbury if they can afford it.
Other numbers that stand out: Danbury residents have the 5th highest income in the state, and the 4th lowest crime numbers in Connecticut.
If you want to live in Connecticut, you can’t go wrong if you decide to make the Naugatuck area your home. However, everyone and their mother wants to live here.
Can you blame them? It’s a beautiful place with really low crime, where a majority of residents are wealthy (a $59,522 median income will do that).
Plus, the residents are really involved with helping to make Naugatuck as great as possible. You can’t get it much better than in Naugatuck.
West Haven is another gem in Constitution State. The unemployment rate here is 16th lowest in the entire state at 11.3%. Other factors that make West Haven so desirable is the solid education and home prices.
Homes are valued at $193,800, and parents earn a combined $50,831 a year
There’s nothing like the American dream.
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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