These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Connecticut


We analyzed over 21 places in Connecticut to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.

But not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of Connecticut.

But where exactly in Connecticut? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.

To that end, we have tried to identify the places in Connecticut that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.

What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in New Britain don’t mind us spreading the word. Here are our top ten places in the Constitution State to retire:

  1. New Britain
  2. Hartford
  3. Torrington
  4. Waterbury
  5. Meriden
  6. Bristol
  7. Groton
  8. Stamford
  9. Norwich
  10. Danbury

Why did New Britain take the top spot? And where are Bridgeport and New Haven? Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.

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How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Constitution State

To create our list of the best places in Connecticut to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Constitution State with a population of at least 5,000 that aren’t townships.

This left us with 21 places from across the state.

For these 21, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (As measured by population density)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 21, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case New Britain, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.

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1. New Britain

New Britain, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 73,095
Cost Of Living: 104
Distance to Closest Airport: 18 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,336
New Britain ranked 1 overall thanks to its 2 place rank for cost of living and 16 place safety rank.

2. Hartford

Hartford, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 125,211
Cost Of Living: 109
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 5,319
Hartford ranked 2 overall thanks to its 5 place rank for cost of living and 21 place safety rank.

3. Torrington

Torrington, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,774
Cost Of Living: 106
Distance to Closest Airport: 24 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,881
Torrington ranked 3 overall thanks to its 3 place rank for cost of living and 5 place safety rank.

4. Waterbury

Waterbury, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 109,887
Cost Of Living: 102
Distance to Closest Airport: 31 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,549
Waterbury ranked 4 overall thanks to its 1 place rank for cost of living and 19 place safety rank.

5. Meriden

Meriden, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 60,616
Cost Of Living: 110
Distance to Closest Airport: 28 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,631
Meriden ranked 5 overall thanks to its 7 place rank for cost of living and 12 place safety rank.

6. Bristol

Bristol, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 60,556
Cost Of Living: 112
Distance to Closest Airport: 22 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,617
Bristol ranked 6 overall thanks to its 10 place rank for cost of living and 11 place safety rank.

7. Groton

Groton, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,348
Cost Of Living: 111
Distance to Closest Airport: 52 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,839
Groton ranked 7 overall thanks to its 8 place rank for cost of living and 3 place safety rank.

8. Stamford

Stamford, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 125,401
Cost Of Living: 167
Distance to Closest Airport: 32 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,865
Stamford ranked 8 overall thanks to its 21 place rank for cost of living and 4 place safety rank.

9. Norwich

Norwich, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 40,378
Cost Of Living: 108
Distance to Closest Airport: 40 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,479
Norwich ranked 9 overall thanks to its 4 place rank for cost of living and 10 place safety rank.

10. Danbury

Danbury, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 82,781
Cost Of Living: 129
Distance to Closest Airport: 33 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,814
Danbury ranked 10 overall thanks to its 17 place rank for cost of living and 2 place safety rank.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Connecticut goes to New Britain.

If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  • Milford
  • Shelton
  • Derby

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Connecticut

City Rank Population Cost Of Living Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
New Britain 1 73,095 104 18 3,336
Hartford 2 125,211 109 11 5,319
Torrington 3 35,774 106 24 1,881
Waterbury 4 109,887 102 31 4,549
Meriden 5 60,616 110 28 2,631
Bristol 6 60,556 112 22 2,617
Groton 7 9,348 111 52 1,839
Stamford 8 125,401 167 32 1,865
Norwich 9 40,378 108 40 2,479
Danbury 10 82,781 129 33 1,814
Bridgeport 11 146,680 112 48 3,833
Norwalk 12 87,214 149 36 2,126
Middletown 13 47,424 117 26 1,975
Naugatuck 14 31,790 114 36 2,025
West Haven 15 55,290 112 48 3,011
New London 16 27,536 109 51 3,664
Ansonia 17 19,128 117 45 2,132
New Haven 18 130,553 113 45 5,014
Derby 19 12,837 115 47 2,765
Shelton 20 40,472 142 49 1,015
Milford 21 51,509 130 53 2,760

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