These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Connecticut For 2018


We used science and data to determine which small towns in Connecticut are the best of the best..

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You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in Connecticut, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Constitution State and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Connecticut based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Connecticut ranked the based–you know, based on science.

Before we get to the top 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Connecticut for 2018:

  1. Weatogue (Homes For Sale)
  2. West Simsbury (Homes For Sale)
  3. Mystic (Homes For Sale)
  4. Southport (Homes For Sale)
  5. Ne (Homes For Sale)
  6. Gales Ferry (Homes For Sale)
  7. Guilford Center (Homes For Sale)
  8. Durham (Homes For Sale)
  9. Woodmont (Homes For Sale)
  10. Pemberwick (Homes For Sale)

If you live in one of these small towns like Weatogue, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list.

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How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Connecticut

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 66 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 66, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Connecticut. Top of that list — Weatogue.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 20 best small towns in Connecticut.

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1. Weatogue


Population: 3,179
Median Income: $124,621 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $324,000 (20th Best)
More on Weatogue: Data| Homes For Sale

2. West Simsbury


Population: 2,354
Median Income: $148,934 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $371,600 (14th Best)
More on West Simsbury: Data| Homes For Sale

3. Mystic


Population: 4,241
Median Income: $85,446 (20th Best)
Median Home Value: $404,900 (11th Best)
More on Mystic: Data| Homes For Sale

4. Southport


Population: 1,694
Median Income: $146,429 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $719,500 (2nd Best)
More on Southport: Data| Homes For Sale

5. Ne

Source: Public Domain

Population: 2,009
Median Income: $126,806 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $407,500 (10th Best)
More on Ne: Data| Homes For Sale

6. Gales Ferry


Population: 1,005
Median Income: $77,128 (28th Best)
Median Home Value: $242,300 (35th Best)
More on Gales Ferry: Data| Homes For Sale

7. Guilford Center


Population: 2,517
Median Income: $73,452 (33rd Best)
Median Home Value: $376,900 (13th Best)
More on Guilford Center: Data| Homes For Sale

8. Durham


Population: 2,687
Median Income: $103,049 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $293,100 (23rd Best)
More on Durham: Data| Homes For Sale

9. Woodmont


Population: 1,425
Median Income: $78,000 (27th Best)
Median Home Value: $344,800 (17th Best)
More on Woodmont: Data| Homes For Sale

10. Pemberwick


Population: 4,286
Median Income: $109,180 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $660,700 (3rd Best)
More on Pemberwick: Data| Homes For Sale

11. Georgetown


Population: 1,821
Median Income: $117,778 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $622,300 (4th Best)
More on Georgetown: Data| Homes For Sale

12. Glenville


Population: 2,302
Median Income: $108,587 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $752,700 (1st Best)
More on Glenville: Data| Homes For Sale

13. Essex Village

Source: Public Domain

Population: 2,209
Median Income: $88,517 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $471,000 (7th Best)
More on Essex Village: Data| Homes For Sale

14. Noank


Population: 1,889
Median Income: $99,844 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $420,600 (9th Best)
More on Noank: Data| Homes For Sale

15. Madison Center


Population: 2,404
Median Income: $63,548 (44th Best)
Median Home Value: $518,500 (6th Best)
More on Madison Center: Data| Homes For Sale

16. Collinsville


Population: 3,693
Median Income: $83,834 (24th Best)
Median Home Value: $259,100 (30th Best)
More on Collinsville: Data| Homes For Sale

17. North Granby


Population: 1,471
Median Income: $130,649 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $354,600 (15th Best)
More on North Granby: Data| Homes For Sale

18. Long Hill


Population: 4,462
Median Income: $53,821 (55th Best)
Median Home Value: $141,900 (66th Best)
More on Long Hill: Data| Homes For Sale

19. Niantic


Population: 3,042
Median Income: $71,506 (37th Best)
Median Home Value: $283,000 (25th Best)
More on Niantic: Data| Homes For Sale

20. Chester Center


Population: 1,986
Median Income: $73,477 (32nd Best)
Median Home Value: $326,300 (19th Best)
More on Chester Center: Data| Homes For Sale

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 20 small towns in Connecticut are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in Connecticut:

  1. New Hartford Center
  2. Jewett City
  3. Quinebaug

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Connecticut

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Weatogue 3,179 $124,621 $324,000
2 West Simsbury 2,354 $148,934 $371,600
3 Mystic 4,241 $85,446 $404,900
4 Southport 1,694 $146,429 $719,500
5 Ne 2,009 $126,806 $407,500
6 Gales Ferry 1,005 $77,128 $242,300
7 Guilford Center 2,517 $73,452 $376,900
8 Durham 2,687 $103,049 $293,100
9 Woodmont 1,425 $78,000 $344,800
10 Pemberwick 4,286 $109,180 $660,700
11 Georgetown 1,821 $117,778 $622,300
12 Glenville 2,302 $108,587 $752,700
13 Essex Village 2,209 $88,517 $471,000
14 Noank 1,889 $99,844 $420,600
15 Madison Center 2,404 $63,548 $518,500
16 Collinsville 3,693 $83,834 $259,100
17 North Granby 1,471 $130,649 $354,600
18 Long Hill 4,462 $53,821 $141,900
19 Niantic 3,042 $71,506 $283,000
20 Chester Center 1,986 $73,477 $326,300
21 Saybrook Manor 1,193 $87,167 $378,000
22 Old Mystic 3,403 $84,653 $242,000
23 Byram 4,487 $85,350 $621,900
24 Lake Pocotopaug 3,415 $78,594 $246,700
25 Tariffville 1,315 $71,528 $203,300
26 Crystal Lake 2,068 $109,375 $295,100
27 Salmon Brook 2,568 $87,452 $241,200
28 Suffield Depot 1,534 $65,625 $249,400
29 Deep River Center 2,321 $68,553 $261,300
30 East Hampton 2,693 $86,569 $241,000
31 Woodbury Center 1,520 $63,551 $280,300
32 South Coventry 1,142 $86,016 $266,900
33 Heritage Village 3,875 $50,830 $148,600
34 Old Saybrook Center 1,830 $61,472 $451,200
35 Watertown 3,351 $71,835 $232,500
36 Canaan 1,192 $60,625 $197,600
37 Coventry Lake 3,166 $86,171 $170,200
38 Canton Valley 1,500 $80,774 $238,000
39 Litchfield 1,329 $75,625 $350,000
40 Hazardville 4,986 $76,875 $173,500
41 Broad Brook 4,377 $73,306 $230,600
42 Somers 1,809 $87,639 $241,400
43 South Woodstock 1,246 $61,591 $230,300
44 Higganum 1,745 $84,972 $264,000
45 Clinton 3,605 $66,641 $286,300
46 Moodus 1,202 $63,409 $246,700
47 Northwest Harwinton 3,103 $87,206 $244,300
48 Colchester 4,475 $63,910 $202,500
49 Bethlehem Village 1,852 $76,607 $299,500
50 Thomaston 1,803 $50,189 $193,100
51 Waterford 3,094 $50,362 $203,400
52 South Windham 1,330 $52,875 $143,400
53 Blue Hills 3,181 $59,934 $148,800
54 Wauregan 1,346 $58,750 $165,100
55 Plainfield Village 2,085 $53,173 $152,100
56 Danielson 3,999 $40,552 $151,200
57 Poquonock Bridge 2,206 $60,536 $144,500
58 North Grosvenor Dale 1,470 $37,429 $179,600
59 Oxoboxo River 2,884 $54,375 $168,800
60 Westbrook Center 2,036 $57,209 $337,400
61 Moosup 3,558 $54,750 $168,000
62 East Brooklyn 1,722 $51,471 $182,700
63 Baltic 1,142 $47,333 $172,100
64 Quinebaug 1,483 $70,396 $194,400
65 Jewett City 3,451 $42,460 $153,000
66 New Hartford Center 1,409 $46,750 $182,000

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