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 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.
The 10 Best Places To Live In Connecticut For 2019
Things can’t get much better than in the town of Shelton. The crime is the 1st lowest in the entire state, and the residents who live in Shelton make huge salaries, and almost all of them have great jobs.
The median home costs a cool $338,200 and households make $87,277 which is good for 1st in Connecticut.
Milford is another gem in Constitution State. The unemployment rate here is 2nd lowest in the entire state at 6.6%. Other factors that make Milford so desirable is the solid education and home prices.
Homes are valued at $305,100, and parents earn a combined $81,971 a year
There’s nothing like the American dream.
Middletown has it made. In fact, according to science, it’s one of the best places to live in the state of Connecticut.
The unemployment rate is the 1st lowest in the state at 6.3%, and residents make a pretty penny. Median incomes are $63,828, and the average cost of a home is $228,500. Which is an indication that lots of people want to live here.
We wouldn’t be surprised if more and more publications call Middletown one of America’s gems.
Bristol 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 5th overall for its low unemployment rate and the 7th highest median income of any place in our analysis.
However, it only has the 10th shortest average commute time of any place in Connecticut.
If you own a home in Stamford, you’re aware that your home values are skyrocketing right now. That’s a sign that things are going swimmingly. Most people there have good jobs, and the commute times are short.
The median home costs a cool $504,200 and households make $81,634 which is good for 3rd in Connecticut.Stamford has a well deserved spot on this list.
The crime is the 9th lowest in the state in Norwalk, and there were only 295 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 Norwalk earn $80,896 a year.
Tiny Groton (population 9,240) packs a big punch when it comes to desirability in the state of Connecticut.
It looks like the mayor has things going in the right direction: Crime is the 13th lowest in the state and incomes are the 12th highest. Top that off with the 3rd most educated adult population and Groton won’t be staying tiny for much longer.
Known for its low unemployment rates and great education, Danbury is a wonderful place to live in this state.
The relatively stable household incomes and below average crime rates don’t hurt either!
While it may not be as great as some other places on this list, Danbury still holds its own in in Connecticut.
Naugatuck comes in 9th in our best places to live in Connecticut analysis.
Ranking highly for its exceptionally low unemployment rate (13th overall) and crime rate (5th overall), Naugatuck 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 Naugatuck in our lists for years to come.
West Haven ranks as the 10th best place in Connecticut for 2019. Let’s take a look at why.
West Haven has a lower crime rate than the cities mentioned above. West Haven’s cost of living is a tick higher, but families also earn much higher salaries – to the tune of $50,831 a year.
The knock? We can’t really find one 🙂
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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