When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.
But not 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.
Where exactly in Connecticut is the best place to retire? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data — which returns Windsor Locks as the best place to hang up your cleats.
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 Windsor Locks don’t mind us spreading the word.
Here are our top ten places in the Constitution State to retire for 2019:
Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details or check out the best places to retire in America.
For Connecticut state reading:
- 10 Best Places To Live In Connecticut
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Connecticut
- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Connecticut
How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Constitution State for 2019
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 — 142 cities and towns.
We then narrowed it down to places with at least 12,000 people that weren’t townships. This left us with 34 places from across the state.
- Low cost of living as measured by rent
- Low crime
- Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
- Nice weather
- Distance to the closest international airport
- Other retirees (High median age)
We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 34, with the lowest number being the best.
Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Windsor Locks, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.
Windsor Locks is a town in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States. As of the 2010 census, its population was 12,498. It is the site of Bradley International Airport, which serves the Greater Hartford-Springfield region and occupies approximately 1/3 of the town. Windsor Locks is also the site of the New England Air Museum.
Torrington is the largest city in Litchfield County, Connecticut and the Litchfield Hills region. It is also the core city of the largest micropolitan area in the United States. The city population was 36,383 according to the 2010 census.
Willimantic is a census-designated place, former city and borough, and special-services district. It is located in the town of Windham in Windham County, Connecticut. The population was 17,737 at the 2010 census. It is home to Eastern Connecticut State University and the Windham Textile and History Museum. Willimantic was incorporated as a city in 1893; the city was superseded in 1983 by the Willimantic Special Services District/Willimantic CDP. It is also the birthplace of former U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd of Connecticut.
Middletown is a city located in Middlesex County, Connecticut, along the Connecticut River, in the central part of the state, 16 miles south of Hartford. In 1650, it was incorporated as a town under its original Indian name, Mattabeseck. It received its present name in 1653. Middletown was included within Hartford County upon its creation on May 10, 1666. In 1784, the central settlement was incorporated as a city distinct from the town. Both were included within newly formed Middlesex County in May 1785. In 1923, the City of Middletown was consolidated with the Town, making the city limits of the city quite extensive.
West Hartford is an affluent suburb located in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States. Located 5 miles west of downtown Hartford, the population was 63,268 at the 2010 census.
Newington is a town in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States. Located 8 miles south of downtown Hartford, Newington is an older, mainly residential suburb located in Greater Hartford. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 30,562. The Connecticut Department of Transportation has its headquarters in Newington.
East Hartford is a town in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 51,252 at the 2010 census.
Shelton is a city in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 39,559 at the 2010 census.
Ansonia is a city in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States, on the Naugatuck River, immediately north of Derby, and about 12 miles northwest of New Haven. The population was 19,249 at the 2010 census. The ZIP code for Ansonia is 06401. The city is served by the Metro-North Railroad. Ansonia Station is a stop on the railroad passenger commuter service’s Waterbury line, connecting to New York’s Grand Central Terminal. Ansonia also is served by the Connecticut Transit bus carrier. Connecticut Route 8 serves Ansonia.
Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire In Connecticut Yet…
So there you have it, the best place to retire in Connecticut goes to Windsor Locks.
If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:
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