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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.
The 10 Best Places To Live In Connecticut For 2020:
- Shelton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Middletown (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Milford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bristol (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Groton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Stamford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Norwalk (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Naugatuck (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Meriden (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Torrington (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 2020 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 2020.
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The 10 Best Places To Live In Connecticut For 2020
Shelton ranks 1st on our list of best places to live in Connecticut thanks to its low unemployment and high adjusted median income.
Additionally, its crime rate ranks in the lowest 10% of all places in Connecticut that we examined.
People have been flocking to Shelton over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.
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 Middletown.
Middletown ranked impressively high for its crime rate (2nd overall) and its short commute times (4th).
We think that's worth the price of admission.
If you live in Milford, you probably know how great it is already.
Milford has a stable economy where residents earn a large salary ($89,583). And the crime is really, really low (11th lowest in Connecticut).
If we could afford to move here, we probably would.
We think the motto in Bristol should be "Everything is greater in Bristol," and that seems to be pretty close to the truth.
Bristol has some of the highest home values in Connecticut, and they're going up fast. Additionally, Bristol only has 10.8% of its residents living in poverty.
Crime is also well below the state average, making Bristol a solid option for people who value safety. At least those who can afford it.
Perhaps what makes Groton 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 Groton great. They also have the 14th highest median income and the 3rd shortest commute time.
Stamford isn't just the nicest place to live in Connecticut - it's also the one of the fastest growing places in the state. And with good reason.
It's got the 8th lowest unemployment rate, the 3rd highest adjusted income, and rates above most places in education.
When you're looking at science and data, Stamford definitely deserves a spot on the list for 2020.
Crime is something that doesn't happen very often in Norwalk. Statistically the 9th safest place in the state, there were only 252 violent crimes in the entire city last year.
It's really beautiful in Norwalk, and new homes continue to replace older homes. Resident earn $82,474 a year, and homes are valued at more than $427,300.
What else could you possibly want if you're someone who likes the good things in life?
Naugatuck 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.
There's two types of people who live in Meriden. 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 $172,200 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. Meriden is exactly what you hoped for when you played that board game, LIFE as a kid.
Torrington is another great city in Connecticut with a low unemployment rate and where residents earn high salaries.
Said one reviewer on City-Data.com: " We feel incredibly safe in Torrington. The houses and neighborhoods are beautiful, the people are friendly, and it's wonderful to have such good neighbors. People watch out for each other here, they teach their children to be respectful of others and things."
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 123,628 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 cities to live in Connecticut 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 2020.
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. 146,417)
- Waterbury (Pop. 108,672)
- Hartford (Pop. 123,628)
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