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 (Photos)
  2. Hartford (Photos)
  3. Torrington (Photos)
  4. Waterbury (Photos)
  5. Meriden (Photos)
  6. Bristol (Photos)
  7. Stamford (Photos)
  8. Groton (Photos)
  9. Norwich (Photos)
  10. Danbury (Photos)

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. Or check out the purely worst and best places to live in Connecticut.

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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: 72,876
Cost Of Living: 104
Distance to Closest Airport: 18 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,346
New Britain ranked 1st overall thanks to it’s 2nd place rank for cost of living and it’s 16th place safety rank.

2. Hartford

Hartford, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 124,320
Cost Of Living: 109
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 5,357
Hartford ranked 2nd overall thanks to it’s 5th place rank for cost of living and it’s 21st place safety rank.

3. Torrington

Torrington, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,227
Cost Of Living: 106
Distance to Closest Airport: 24 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,910
Torrington ranked 3rd overall thanks to it’s 3rd place rank for cost of living and it’s 5th place safety rank.

4. Waterbury

Waterbury, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 109,211
Cost Of Living: 102
Distance to Closest Airport: 31 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,577
Waterbury ranked 4th overall thanks to it’s 1st place rank for cost of living and it’s 19th place safety rank.

5. Meriden

Meriden, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 60,203
Cost Of Living: 110
Distance to Closest Airport: 28 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,649
Meriden ranked 5th overall thanks to it’s 7th place rank for cost of living and it’s 12th place safety rank.

6. Bristol

Bristol, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 60,437
Cost Of Living: 112
Distance to Closest Airport: 22 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,622
Bristol ranked 6th overall thanks to it’s 10th place rank for cost of living and it’s 11th place safety rank.

7. Stamford

Stamford, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 127,410
Cost Of Living: 167
Distance to Closest Airport: 32 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,835
Stamford ranked 7th overall thanks to it’s 21st place rank for cost of living and it’s 3rd place safety rank.

8. Groton

Groton, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,240
Cost Of Living: 111
Distance to Closest Airport: 52 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,861
Groton ranked 8th overall thanks to it’s 8th place rank for cost of living and it’s 4th place safety rank.

9. Norwich

Norwich, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 40,057
Cost Of Living: 108
Distance to Closest Airport: 40 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,498
Norwich ranked 9th overall thanks to it’s 4th place rank for cost of living and it’s 10th place safety rank.

10. Danbury

Danbury, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 83,890
Cost Of Living: 129
Distance to Closest Airport: 33 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,790
Danbury ranked 10th overall thanks to it’s 17th place rank for cost of living and it’s 2nd 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 72,876 104 18 3,346
Hartford 2 124,320 109 11 5,357
Torrington 3 35,227 106 24 1,910
Waterbury 4 109,211 102 31 4,577
Meriden 5 60,203 110 28 2,649
Bristol 6 60,437 112 22 2,622
Stamford 7 127,410 167 32 1,835
Groton 8 9,240 111 52 1,861
Norwich 9 40,057 108 40 2,498
Danbury 10 83,890 129 33 1,790
Bridgeport 11 147,022 112 48 3,824
Naugatuck 12 31,625 114 36 2,036
Norwalk 13 87,930 149 36 2,109
West Haven 14 54,972 112 48 3,028
Middletown 15 46,933 117 26 1,996
New London 16 27,218 109 51 3,707
Ansonia 17 18,950 117 45 2,153
New Haven 18 130,405 113 45 5,020
Derby 19 12,755 115 47 2,783
Shelton 20 40,979 142 49 1,002
Milford 21 52,005 130 53 2,734

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