These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Connecticut According to Science


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

  1. Orange
  2. Wallingford
  3. West Hartford
  4. New Canaan
  5. Cheshire
  6. Prospect
  7. East Lyme
  8. Woodbridge
  9. Rocky Hill
  10. Monroe
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Small Towns vs. Big Cities. Which is Better?

In order to rank the best places to live in Connecticut, we had to first determine if a bigger city should weigh heavier than a tiny town with 52 people. We firmly decided that yes, bigger cities should be given a bigger ranking factor because there are more things to do in a larger town. So we counted cities of 10,000 or more in the rankings.

After that, it was a matter of entering the data of all 268 cities in Connecticut and asking the computer to tell us who is best.

Using FBI data, the government census, Sperling’s Best Places data and Bureau of Labor Statistics, we used the following criteria in the rankings:

  • Population Density (The higher the better)
  • Lower Unemployment Rates
  • Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
  • Low Housing Vacancy Rate
  • Education (Expenditures per student and Student Teacher Ratio)
  • Short Commute Times
  • Low Crime
  • The Best Weather

If your city isn’t in the Top 10, scroll to the bottom of this post to see a complete list of the larger cities or click here for a chart with all cities and their data.

1. Orange

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Source: City of Orange on Facebook

Unemployment rate: 5%
Median household income: $106,372
Crime: 29th best in Connecticut

As is the case with most of our rankings, suburbs of the larger towns rank higher as best places to live based on lower crime rates and higher school ratings. This is the case as well with Orange, a town of 14,000 people just outside of New Haven.

Orange not only came in first as the best place to live based on the criteria, it won by a lot. It finished a full three points higher than runner-up Wallingford. That’s no surprise; lots of employed, wealthy people living in a safe community is a great combination.

2. Wallingford

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Source: Flickr user Doug Kerr

Unemployment rate: 6.2%
Home vacancy rate: 22nd in CT
Crime: Best 20% in state

Wallingford, one of the larger cities in our top ten places to live in the state, is also located in New Haven County. Despite the fact that the city has a higher than average unemployment rate (6.2%), it ranks lower in crime and has a high education ranking.

Wallingford is also home to Chaote Rosemary High School, which has produced many notable names, including John F. Kennedy.

3. West Hartford

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Source: Flickr user CT Senate Democrats

Population density: 9th lowest in the state
Commute time: 16th best
Median household income: $81,588

West Hartford, population 63,000, is the largest ‘big’ city to make the top of this list. When you combine a short commute time, high employment rates and a very low population density, you get a very nice place to live.

West Hartford has ranked high on other similar lists in America by major news media, including its most recent ranking as one of the ‘coolest’ suburbs in the U.S. by Travel and Leisure. West Hartford’s ranking at No. 3 on this list puts Orange and Wallingford’s rankings into perspective.

4. New Canaan

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Source: City of New Canaan on Facebook

Unemployment rate: 4%
Commute time: 16th best
Crime: 17th lowest in Connecticut

New Canaan has some of the most employed as well as the highest earning residents in the entire state of Connecticut. Factor in a very low crime rate, and this New Canaan is a real gem.

With high incomes comes a high cost of living, and only Berlin, Fenwick, Georgetown and Trumbull have a higher cost of living cost in the entire state. Additionally, the commute time for New Canaan residents to work is significantly higher than average.

5. Cheshire

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Source: City of Cheshire on Facebook

Median household income: $110,587
Population density: 30th lowest
Crime: Lower 20% in the state

Another city in New Haven County, Cheshire, population 30,000, is a typical great place to live. Low crime and the 20th highest income levels in the state make it desirable across the board.

The hometown of ESPN legend Chris Berman has also ranked high on other lists, including Money Magazine’s description as one of the top 75 places to live in America two years in a row.

6. Prospect

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Source: Flickr user Walt Felix

Crime: Lowest in the state of Connecticut
Income: 25th highest in the state
House vacancy rate: Lowest 20%

Tiny Prospect (population 9,842) packs a big punch when it comes to desirability in the state of Connecticut.

It looks like Mayor Robert Chatfield has things going in the right direction: Crime is lower here than any other place in the Constitution state, which is most likely a key reason he’s been in office since 1978.

7. East Lyme

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Source: Flickr user Iamchenny

Student expenditure: Tied, highest in the state
Income: Top 25%
Household income: $81,599

East Lyme is one of the only cities not in New Haven County at the top of the list. The town, with a population of just under 20,000, is located in the southeastern part of Connecticut.

Schools spend, on average, just over $18,000 per student in East Lyme schools, which is about $1,000 more per student than in the next highest brackets.

8. Woodbridge

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Source: Flickr user Woodbridge Fire Department

Sunny days: 9th highest in the state
Unemployment: 10th lowest in Connecticut
Household incomes: Third highest

Woodbridge is the tiniest town in the top ten, with a population just over 8,000. Located in New Haven County, Woodbridge has huge median incomes (households average $120,000 a year) and almost everyone in town has a job.

Factor in 206 sunny days a year on average, and you have a great place to live.

9. Rocky Hill

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Source: Google maps

Unemployment: 5.1%
Commute time: Lowest 15% in CT
Cost of Living: Lowest 75%

Rocky Hill, population 20,000, is just outside of Hartford. It has been named as one of the top places to live in the United States by Money Magazine, which cited its central location between Boston and New York City, as well as an easy commute time into Hartford.

For such as great place to live, the cost of living is relatively low, meaning residents are most likely getting a bargain.

10. Monroe

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Source: Google maps

Sunny days: 9th most in the state
Income: 32nd in Connecticut ($112,605)

The town of Monroe, an hour’s drive north of New York City (with little traffic) rounds out the top 10. Monroe (population 20,000) has a higher earning income level than most of the state, but a slightly higher percentage of its residents are unemployed.

There You Have It

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of New Haven is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Connecticut residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.

Other notable cities:
65. Stamford (Population 122,878)
88. Norwalk (Population 85,853)
137. Bristol (Population 60,502)
171. New Haven (Population 129,898)
217. Hartford (Population 124,879)
235. Bridgeport (Population 144,466)

Detailed Data For Connecticut Best Places

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City Population Best Place Score Rank
Orange 13919 77.44 1
Mansfield Center 1205 78.19 2
Oakville 9005 82.69 3
Prospect 9450 86.13 4
Old Mystic 3570 89.06 5
Woodbridge 8990 89.44 6
Kensington 8862 91.31 7
Wallingford 45047 91.44 8
Rocky Hill 19631 91.88 9
West Hartford 63157 92.69 10
New Canaan 19794 93.19 11
Brookfield 16487 98.13 12
Durham 2820 98.38 13
Roxbury 2322 98.44 14
Cheshire 29253 98.69 15
Columbia 5464 98.81 16
Weston 10203 98.88 17
East Lyme 19168 99.44 18
Monroe 19529 99.94 19
Somers 11451 100.25 20
Somers 11451 100.25 20
North Stonington 5292 100.5 22
Bridgewater 1704 100.69 23
Noank 2097 100.94 24
Sherwood Manor 5317 101.88 25
South Windsor 25684 101.88 25
Wethersfield 26670 102 27
Weatogue 2726 102.31 28
Southwood Acres 7920 102.81 29
Madison 18264 103.13 30
Watertown 22449 103.19 31
Watertown 22449 103.19 31
Gales Ferry 964 103.25 33
Oxford 12602 103.56 34
Waterford 19499 103.69 35
Waterford 19499 103.69 35
Newington 30520 104.31 37
Wilton 18201 104.75 38
Union 954 105.19 39
Chaplin 2412 105.56 40
Newtown 1987 106.19 41
Chester 4090 106.56 42
Old Lyme 7600 106.56 42
Windsor Locks 12500 106.56 42
Mansfield 26182 107.13 45
Ledyard 15046 107.38 46
Washington 3574 107.69 47
Darien 20758 107.94 48
Easton 7501 108.31 49
Southbury 19841 108.75 50
Simsbury 23535 108.88 51
North Haven 24037 109.31 52
Branford 28062 110.19 53
Hampton 1799 110.31 54
Cornwall 1393 110.69 55
Bethel 9028 111.19 56
Cheshire Village 5207 111.19 56
Windsor 29067 111.81 58
Suffield 15692 111.88 59
Old Saybrook 10268 112.5 60
Morris 2469 113.13 61
Hazardville 4725 113.19 62
Trumbull 36008 113.25 63
Farmington 25329 113.75 64
Middlefield 4426 113.81 65
Redding 9148 113.81 65
New Fairfield 13932 113.88 67
Franklin 1984 113.94 68
Burlington 9293 114.38 69
Essex Village 2633 114.63 70
Coventry Lake 3163 115.38 71
Old Saybrook Center 2319 115.44 72
Oxoboxo River 3429 116.06 73
Hebron 9649 116.44 74
Tolland 14980 117.19 75
Avon 18049 117.81 76
North Branford 14369 117.88 77
Glastonbury 34401 118.13 78
Northwest Harwinton 3098 118.13 78
Montville 19587 118.44 80
Woodbury 9925 118.44 80
East Granby 5055 118.75 82
Litchfield 1496 118.75 82
Canton 10243 118.88 84
Scotland 1725 119.06 85
Deep River 4636 119.19 86
Crystal Lake 2421 119.25 87
West Simsbury 2567 119.38 88
Portland 5911 119.75 89
Coventry 12445 120.13 90
Southington 43038 120.13 90
Middlebury 7522 120.56 92
Warren 1560 120.56 92
Essex 6682 120.94 94
Pomfret 4231 121.25 95
Cromwell 14059 121.31 96
Manchester 58078 121.44 97
Manchester 58078 121.44 97
Lisbon 4333 121.81 99
Plymouth 12193 122.44 100
Higganum 1826 122.75 101
Canterbury 5111 123 102
Groton 9734 123.19 103
Beacon Falls 6015 123.5 104
Bethany 5524 123.63 105
East Haddam 9120 123.94 106
Lebanon 7289 124.06 107
Canaan 1177 124.19 108
Kent 2971 124.94 109
Norfolk 694 125.19 110
Norfolk 694 125.19 110
Old Greenwich 6622 125.44 112
Salem 4151 125.5 113
Stamford 122878 125.81 114
South Coventry 1099 125.88 115
Glastonbury Center 7544 125.94 116
Marlborough 6382 126.06 117
North Granby 1863 126.13 118
Simsbury Center 6068 126.31 119
East Hampton 2535 126.44 120
Ridgefield 7935 126.88 121
Wolcott 16638 127.06 122
New Milford 6302 127.56 123
Goshen 2957 127.63 124
Milford 52826 127.69 125
Sherman 3615 127.88 126
Sharon 646 127.94 127
Sharon 646 127.94 127
Shelton 39641 128.13 129
Terryville 5265 128.13 129
Thomaston 1645 128.44 131
Thomaston 1645 128.44 131
Fairfield 59562 128.5 133
Tariffville 1359 128.69 134
Westport 26516 128.94 135
Killingworth 6512 129.19 136
Glenville 2210 129.56 137
Lyme 2359 129.81 138
Conning Towers Nautilus Park 9913 129.94 139
Pemberwick 3639 131.06 140
Preston 4736 131.06 140
Guilford Center 2477 131.13 142
Terramuggus 899 131.81 143
East Haven 29188 132 144
Deep River Center 2534 132.81 145
Mashantucket 201 132.88 146
Chester Center 1684 132.94 147
Greenwich 12960 133 148
Greenwich 12960 133 148
Bantam 667 133.06 150
Salisbury 3747 133.06 150
Norwalk 85853 133.13 152
Andover 3185 133.38 153
Blue Hills 2465 133.38 153
East Windsor 11196 133.38 153
Wallingford Center 18164 134.06 156
Plainfield 15358 134.44 157
Storrs 14031 134.5 158
Berlin 19974 134.81 159
Bolton 4990 135 160
Winsted 7563 135.38 161
Long Hill 3871 135.44 162
Enfield 44699 135.56 163
Eastford 1690 136.19 164
Rockville 7666 136.25 165
Salmon Brook 2575 136.56 166
South Windham 1961 136.63 167
Clinton 3417 136.75 168
Riverside 8829 136.81 169
Collinsville 3753 137 170
Plainville 17726 137.19 171
Bozrah 2605 137.25 172
Poquonock Bridge 1785 137.31 173
Falls Village 480 138.06 174
Willington 6042 138.06 174
Danielson 4066 138.38 176
Lake Pocotopaug 3043 138.38 176
Vernon 29188 138.5 178
Colebrook 1493 138.88 179
Stonington 1047 138.88 179
Haddam 8308 139.19 181
Mystic 3849 139.75 182
Voluntown 2599 139.75 182
Ansonia 19188 139.81 184
Branford Center 6414 140 185
Pawcatuck 5836 140.25 186
Ashford 4306 140.56 187
Bethlehem Village 2016 140.69 188
Bethlehem 3594 140.81 189
Niantic 2974 141.06 190
Woodstock 7934 141.13 191
Jewett City 3466 141.44 192
Danbury 81057 142.5 193
Stafford Springs 4922 142.75 194
Thompson 9429 143 195
Heritage Village 4218 143.13 196
Guilford 22353 143.25 197
Winchester 11189 143.31 198
Willimantic 17281 143.38 199
Granby 11243 143.5 200
Hamden 60735 143.56 201
North Grosvenor Dale 1653 143.69 202
Harwinton 5620 144.5 203
Suffield Depot 1458 145 204
Naugatuck 31795 145.94 205
Woodmont 1711 146.19 206
Middletown 47530 146.25 207
West Haven 55386 146.56 208
Cos Cob 6605 148.69 209
Westbrook 6928 148.75 210
Lakeville 982 149.06 211
Thompsonville 8883 149.13 212
Bristol 60502 150.06 213
New Hartford 6924 150.69 214
Hartland 2198 150.75 215
Cannondale 110 150.81 216
Meriden 60674 150.88 217
Byram 4597 150.94 218
Stafford 12058 151.75 219
Broad Brook 4316 152.44 220
Canton Valley 1475 153.38 221
Saybrook Manor 1156 153.81 222
New London 27613 153.94 223
Norwich 40322 154.19 224
Sprague 2982 154.19 224
Stratford 51440 154.44 226
Groton Long Point 459 155.5 227
Ellington 15549 155.81 228
Griswold 11907 156.06 229
Woodbury Center 1290 156.5 230
New Preston 1092 157.06 231
Southport 1746 157.56 232
Sterling 3786 157.69 233
Derby 12858 158.31 234
Colchester 4517 158.69 235
Colchester 4517 158.69 235
Moodus 1389 158.88 237
North Canaan 3301 159.19 238
Madison Center 2445 159.75 239
Torrington 36239 159.75 239
Plainfield Village 2420 160 241
Barkhamsted 3791 160.19 242
New Hartford Center 1321 160.25 243
New Haven 129898 160.44 244
East Hartford 51171 161.94 245
Bloomfield 20470 163.5 246
Waterbury 110074 163.94 247
New Britain 73122 164.06 248
Brooklyn 8180 164.81 249
Brooklyn 8180 164.81 249
Wauregan 1273 164.81 249
Quinebaug 1017 164.88 252
Moosup 2827 165.25 253
Baltic 1355 166.5 254
Putnam 9562 166.94 255
Putnam 9562 166.94 255
Wilton Center 846 167.69 257
Seymour 16487 167.88 258
Windham 25178 168.38 259
East Brooklyn 1820 168.44 260
Westbrook Center 2269 169.56 261
Killingly 17345 170.13 262
Hartford 124879 178.25 263
South Woodstock 937 178.88 264
Georgetown 1462 180.5 265
Fenwick 52 181.06 266
Bridgeport 144446 191.25 267

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13 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Connecticut According to Science

  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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