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:
- New Britain
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.
1. New Britain
Population: 73,095Cost 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.
Population: 125,211Cost 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.
Population: 35,774Cost 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.
Population: 109,887Cost 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.
Population: 60,616Cost 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.
Population: 60,556Cost 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.
Population: 9,348Cost 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.
Population: 125,401Cost 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.
Population: 40,378Cost 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.
Population: 82,781Cost 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:
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