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 Place 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
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.
Perhaps what makes Shelton 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 Shelton great. They also have the 1st highest median income and the 19th shortest commute time.
It’s obvious why Milford ranks 2nd in the state for best places to live: they have the 2nd lowest unemployment rate and the 4th highest home values.
Plus, they’re known for their quality education and relatively low crime, making Milford a great place to live.
With the unemployment rate being the 1st lowest in Connecticut and very stable household median incomes, it’s easy to see why someone would want to live in Middletown.
Plus, the crime rate is the 10th lowest in the state!
We wouldn’t be surprised to see CNN call Bristol 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 Bristol.
Stamford is just about as close to a perfect area as you can get. Residents here are gainfully employed, and the schools are some of the best in the state. It’s safe, and residents get to enjoy the benefits of quality at home living.
It’s quite a gem tucked away in Connecticut.
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.
The crime is the 13th lowest in the state in Groton, and there were only 17 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 Groton earn $55,137 a year.
Crime is something that doesn’t happen very often in Danbury. Statistically the 4th safest place in the state, there were only 161 violent crimes in the entire city last year.
It’s really beautiful in Danbury, and new homes continue to replace older homes. Resident earn $67,430 a year, and homes are valued at more than $286,400.
What else could you possibly want if you’re someone who likes the good things in life?
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 Naugatuck.
Naugatuck ranked impressively high for its crime rate (5th overall) and its short commute times (21st).
We think that’s worth the price of admission.
You might be surprised to see the Town of West Haven so high on the list. Unless you live in West Haven.
The unemployment rate here is really low, and at 11.3%, West Haven residents are some of the hardest working in the state of Connecticut. When you factor in high home prices, high incomes and low crime, West Haven is doing quite well.
Let’s be honest — West Haven is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.
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 2018.
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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