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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
There's two types of people who live in Shelton. 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 $338,200 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. Shelton is exactly what you hoped for when you played that board game, LIFE as a kid.
Perhaps what makes Milford 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 Milford great. They also have the 2nd highest median income and the 17th shortest commute time.
Things can't get much better than in the town of Middletown. The crime is the 10th lowest in the entire state, and the residents who live in Middletown make huge salaries, and almost all of them have great jobs.
The median home costs a cool $228,500 and households make $63,828 which is good for 6th in Connecticut.
Bristol takes 4th place on our list of best places in Connecticut for 2019 thanks to a strong showing in unemployment rate (5th overall) and things to do.
Bristol 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 $192,500 at the median.
Stamford has been called one of the best small towns in America. If you live here, you're most likely already aware of how great it is to live there.
Just about everyone who wants a job in Stamford has one; the unemployment rate is hovering at about 8.0% and lowering. And the Stamford police department is doing a solid job, as crime is the 8th lowest in the state here.
Who wouldn't want to live in a place like this?
At an unemployment rate of 7.9%, everyone who wants a job can get one in Norwalk. And the residents command high salaries ($80,896 a year combined income), and live in big fancy homes ($416,800 each).
We're not saying money is why these cities are the 'best' in Connecticut. What we're implying is that money means safety and peace of mind. And there's nothing wrong with that.
Groton offers an impressive amount to do while maintaining a small town's charm.
The unemployment rate sits as the 4th lowest in Connecticut and incomes are the 12th highest.
When you come into town be sure to check out the parks as they are a good time for people of all ages.
Danbury ranks as the 8th best place in Connecticut for 2019. Let's take a look at why.
Danbury has a lower crime rate than the cities mentioned above. Danbury's cost of living is a tick higher, but families also earn much higher salaries - to the tune of $67,430 a year.
The knock? We can't really find one 🙂
Naugatuck is by far one of the best places to live in Connecticut: the math proves it! This city has the 13th lowest unemployment rate and the 8th highest median income in all of Connecticut.
Plus, the median home values are the 14th highest in the state. And if all of that isn't enough to convince you, then check this out: their crime rate is the 5th lowest in the state, making Naugatuck a safe and great place to live.
West Haven's unemployment rates are some of the lowest in the state and the median income is the 14th highest, making West Haven a great place to work and settle down if you're look for a stable job with a stable income.
Additionally, West Haven has above average education and low crime, making this place a safe place to live.
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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