These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Connecticut For 2018


These are the cream of the crop when it comes to the Constitution State

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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:

  1. Shelton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Milford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Middletown (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Bristol (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Stamford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Norwalk (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Groton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Danbury (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Naugatuck (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. 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.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

For more Connecticut reading, check out:

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’.

Now we also realize that city living might not be your cup of tea, so we ran the following analysis on towns and then again for small towns.

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
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data and FBI Crime Data.

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.

Shelton, CT

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9
/10

Population: 40,979
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $338,200 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.9% (6th best)
More on Shelton: Real Estate| Data| Photos

Crime is something that doesn’t happen very often in Shelton. Statistically the 1st safest place in the state, there were only 28 violent crimes in the entire city last year.

It’s really beautiful in Shelton, and new homes continue to replace older homes. Resident earn $87,277 a year, and homes are valued at more than $338,200.

What else could you possibly want if you’re someone who likes the good things in life?

Milford, CT

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9
/10

Population: 52,005
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $305,100 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.6% (2nd best)
More on Milford: Real Estate| Data| Photos

The crime rate is much lower here than in the rest of Connecticut, as there were only 34 violent crimes in the city limits last year. The unemployment rate is the 2nd lowest in Connecticut (6.6%), and the public schools are ranked 3rd in the state in terms of spending per student.

Additionally, homes are the 4th most expensive in Milford ($305,100), meaning a lot of people want to live there.

Plus, the residents earn a really great salary: $81,971 a year.

Middletown, CT

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7.5
/10

Population: 46,933
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $228,500 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.3% (1st best)
More on Middletown: Real Estate| Data| Photos

You might be surprised to see the Town of Middletown so high on the list. Unless you live in Middletown.

The unemployment rate here is really low, and at 6.3%, Middletown residents are some of the hardest working in the state of Connecticut. When you factor in high home prices, high incomes and low crime, Middletown is doing quite well.

Let’s be honest — Middletown is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.

Bristol, CT

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8.5
/10

Population: 60,437
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $192,500 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.8% (5th best)
More on Bristol: Real Estate| Data| Photos

Bristol has a really low crime rate (2nd lowest) and only 7.8% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($61,551). And that goes a long way.

The population is growing at a steady clip, and the cost of living is lower than it should be. So people have an extra incentive to live in Bristol.

Stamford, CT

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8.5
/10

Population: 127,410
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $504,200 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 8.0% (8th best)
More on Stamford: Real Estate| Data| Photos

Stamford has a long and illustrious history and its ranking in the top ten of our best places to live is just another notch in its belt.\n\Stamford had the 3rd highest household median income adjusted for cost of living at $81,634.

Not to mention that its residents have plenty to do on the weekends.

Norwalk, CT

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7.5
/10

Population: 87,930
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $416,800 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.9% (6th best)
More on Norwalk: Real Estate| Data| Photos

If you own a home in Norwalk, 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 $416,800 and households make $80,896 which is good for 4th in Connecticut.Norwalk has a well deserved spot on this list.

Groton, CT

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8.5
/10

Population: 9,240
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $198,100 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.5% (4th best)
More on Groton: Real Estate| Data| Photos

Groton 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 $198,100 and households earn a median salary of $55,137. One could get used to that.

Danbury, CT

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 83,890
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $286,400 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.3% (3rd best)
More on Danbury: Real Estate| Data| Photos

The Danbury has the 3rd lowest unemployment rate in Connecticut. The population growth here has been 8% over the last 15 years, meaning a lot of people want to live here. If they can afford it; the cost of living in Danbury is higher than the national average and households make $67,430 per year.

We’d move to Danbury if we could in a heart beat.

Naugatuck, CT

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8.5
/10

Population: 31,625
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $178,800 (14th best)
Unemployment Rate: 10.0% (13th best)
More on Naugatuck: Real Estate| Data| Photos

Naugatuck is feeling the love as it ranks as the 9th best city to live in Connecticut for 2016.

It ranked highly because of its high incomes (8th overall) and low crime (5th 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”.

West Haven, CT

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 54,972
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $193,800 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 11.3% (16th best)
More on West Haven: Real Estate| Data| Photos

West Haven is a short drive from everything, but who would want to leave the 10th best place in Connecticut?

Homes are priced around $193,800 and residents have the 6th shortest commute in Connecticut.

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

  1. Weatogue (Pop. 3,179)
  2. Gales Ferry (Pop. 1,005)
  3. West Simsbury (Pop. 2,354)
  4. Mystic (Pop. 4,241)
  5. Georgetown (Pop. 1,821)
  6. Durham (Pop. 2,687)
  7. Woodmont (Pop. 1,425)
  8. Southport (Pop. 1,694)
  9. Pemberwick (Pop. 4,286)
  10. Guilford Center (Pop. 2,517)

Best Small Towns To Live In Connecticut

  1. Terramuggus (Pop. 934)
  2. Fenwick (Pop. 78)
  3. Groton Long Point (Pop. 477)
  4. New Preston (Pop. 996)
  5. Wilton Center (Pop. 675)
  6. Stonington (Pop. 973)
  7. Mansfield Center (Pop. 969)
  8. Falls Village (Pop. 490)
  9. Lakeville (Pop. 903)
  10. Brooklyn (Pop. 906)

If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Connecticut according to the data:

  1. Bridgeport (Pop. 147,022)
  2. Waterbury (Pop. 109,211)
  3. Hartford (Pop. 124,320)

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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Connecticut

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Shelton 40,979 7.9% $338,200
2 Milford 52,005 6.6% $305,100
3 Middletown 46,933 6.3% $228,500
4 Bristol 60,437 7.8% $192,500
5 Stamford 127,410 8.0% $504,200
6 Norwalk 87,930 7.9% $416,800
7 Groton 9,240 7.5% $198,100
8 Danbury 83,890 7.3% $286,400
9 Naugatuck 31,625 10.0% $178,800
10 West Haven 54,972 11.3% $193,800
11 Meriden 60,203 8.9% $174,800
12 Norwich 40,057 9.7% $169,600
13 Torrington 35,227 8.6% $162,300
14 Ansonia 18,950 11.5% $214,800
15 Derby 12,755 9.7% $199,400
16 New Britain 72,876 10.7% $157,300
17 New London 27,218 12.5% $183,900
18 New Haven 130,405 11.3% $190,700
19 Bridgeport 147,022 15.2% $168,200
20 Waterbury 109,211 13.2% $129,500
21 Hartford 124,320 17.5% $159,100

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13 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Connecticut For 2018

  1. Connecticut has 169 towns, your data set is not aggregating and incrementing ranking correctly with two distinct issues:
    1) Several duplicates such as lines 98 and 99, both named “Middletown”
    1) Less obvious CDP (census designated place)/Village usage such as East Granby, North Granby and Granby. Only the Town of Granby and Town of East Granby exist, the Census Designated Place of North Granby is a village, not a town or city and should be aggregated within its town/city.

    1. Doesn’t matter North , West or just Granby still under the poor leadership of Town Hall, Worthless Community Developer and High Taxes!!! Just see what they did to the landowner at 572 Salmon Brook Street! They should all be ashamed of their lack of leadership!! The P&Z Commission needs to be completely voted out, too!!!

  2. CT has very high taxes. CT STINKS!
    Our Govenor just raised taxes on corporations and now we may lose some important businesses that are headquartered here.
    CT

  3. You would think that neighboring areas would score similarly on the weather ranking but that does not appear to be the case, particularly with the number of sunny days.

  4. Granby is below Wilimantic , no surprise with the highest taxes and the worst Town Government. Just a bunch of Liars!!!!

  5. Does Weston’s ranking include its underpopulated schools and overly taxed citizens?
    How about the fact that we have a tiny town center that overcharges for its merchandise?

  6. When the article started by suggesting that Connecticut is the best darn state in the nation, the author lost credibility almost as fast as the state is losing population.

    High taxes and cost of living, terrible weather, crappy roads, marginal schools, crowded conditions, and little to do cause so many people to move away as soon as they can. I cant wait to be among those waving goodbye to the Constitution state. I’ve lived a lot of different places, and this state has the least to offer.

  7. Besides the numerous obvious flaws in this study, your number 1 consideration: “Population Density (The higher the better)” is simply inane. I don’t think there’s a person in the state that would opt for overcrowded urban conditions, yet that’s exactly what you classify as optimum. It’s possible there is an “optimum” population density, but you have failed entirely by not trying to determine that quantifier and simply pulled “more is better” out of thin air.

    1. Seems like from a stand point of selling HomeSnacks this list might be accurate to that specail interst group only.

  8. As soon as you said, “We firmly decided that yes, bigger cities should be given a bigger ranking factor…” this was no longer scientific but an opinion. Correcting data doesn’t make something “scientific.” Objectively analyzing the data does.

  9. Connecticut is a generally great place to live. I live, I pay taxes, I work, and I love Connecticut.

    If anyone has come here just to say how terrible Connecticut is, you really need to take a step back and examine the parts of your life that you’re blaming on the state and figure out how to act on them in a positive way that will in turn brighten your life.

    Connecticut is fantastic. First in flight as well.

  10. I grew up in Branchville across the tracks from Georgetown, it was about as ” Mayberry” as you could get. It was a great place to grow up, haven’t been back for thirty years don’t suspect it’s changed that much.

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