These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Connecticut For 2019


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

This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Data updated for 2019.

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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 2019:

  1. Mystic (Homes)
  2. Weatogue (Homes)
  3. Guilford Center (Homes)
  4. West Simsbury (Homes)
  5. Southport (Homes)
  6. Georgetown (Homes)
  7. Woodmont (Homes)
  8. Saybrook Manor (Homes)
  9. Madison Center (Homes)
  10. Collinsville (Homes)

If you live in one of these small towns like Mystic, 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.

For more reading on the Constitution State check out:

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 — Mystic.

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

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,268
Median Income: $91,903 (16th Best)
Median Home Value: $416,100 (9th Best)
More on Mystic: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,935
Median Income: $109,485 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $317,600 (22nd Best)
More on Weatogue: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,521
Median Income: $81,250 (29th Best)
Median Home Value: $366,400 (15th Best)
More on Guilford Center: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,387
Median Income: $144,000 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $375,500 (13th Best)
More on West Simsbury: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,687
Median Income: $200,139 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $741,000 (2nd Best)
More on Southport: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,869
Median Income: $120,764 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $675,800 (3rd Best)
More on Georgetown: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,536
Median Income: $83,824 (26th Best)
Median Home Value: $340,300 (18th Best)
More on Woodmont: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,055
Median Income: $97,813 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $375,800 (12th Best)
More on Saybrook Manor: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,737
Median Income: $77,632 (34th Best)
Median Home Value: $551,500 (6th Best)
More on Madison Center: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,551
Median Income: $86,476 (22nd Best)
Median Home Value: $275,900 (30th Best)
More on Collinsville: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,777
Median Income: $109,125 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $295,500 (25th Best)
More on Durham: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,018
Median Income: $105,078 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $302,400 (24th Best)
More on Terramuggus: Data | Homes For Sale

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,972
Median Income: $129,531 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $398,600 (11th Best)
More on Ne: Data | Homes For Sale

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,477
Median Income: $87,031 (21st Best)
Median Home Value: $409,600 (10th Best)
More on Essex Village: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 4,281
Median Income: $108,703 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $666,300 (4th Best)
More on Pemberwick: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 1,522
Median Income: $136,536 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $368,400 (14th Best)
More on North Granby: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,264
Median Income: $111,522 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $760,300 (1st Best)
More on Glenville: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 4,528
Median Income: $54,765 (56th Best)
Median Home Value: $133,600 (66th Best)
More on Long Hill: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,602
Median Income: $90,441 (17th Best)
Median Home Value: $436,000 (8th Best)
More on Noank: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,918
Median Income: $72,986 (37th Best)
Median Home Value: $281,500 (28th Best)
More on Niantic: 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. East Brooklyn

For more Connecticut reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Connecticut

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Mystic 4,268 $91,903.0 $416,100.0
2 Weatogue 2,935 $109,485.0 $317,600.0
3 Guilford Center 2,521 $81,250.0 $366,400.0
4 West Simsbury 2,387 $144,000.0 $375,500.0
5 Southport 1,687 $200,139.0 $741,000.0
6 Georgetown 1,869 $120,764.0 $675,800.0
7 Woodmont 1,536 $83,824.0 $340,300.0
8 Saybrook Manor 1,055 $97,813.0 $375,800.0
9 Madison Center 2,737 $77,632.0 $551,500.0
10 Collinsville 3,551 $86,476.0 $275,900.0
11 Durham 2,777 $109,125.0 $295,500.0
12 Terramuggus 1,018 $105,078.0 $302,400.0
13 Ne 1,972 $129,531.0 $398,600.0
14 Essex Village 2,477 $87,031.0 $409,600.0
15 Pemberwick 4,281 $108,703.0 $666,300.0
16 North Granby 1,522 $136,536.0 $368,400.0
17 Glenville 2,264 $111,522.0 $760,300.0
18 Long Hill 4,528 $54,765.0 $133,600.0
19 Noank 1,602 $90,441.0 $436,000.0
20 Niantic 2,918 $72,986.0 $281,500.0
21 Chester Center 1,760 $84,688.0 $345,800.0
22 Salmon Brook 2,549 $97,723.0 $250,800.0
23 Byram 4,601 $82,788.0 $640,100.0
24 Lake Pocotopaug 3,479 $77,500.0 $254,000.0
25 Crystal Lake 2,109 $123,563.0 $325,800.0
26 Canton Valley 1,489 $87,632.0 $245,000.0
27 Old Mystic 3,546 $83,581.0 $233,000.0
28 Tariffville 1,226 $79,559.0 $205,900.0
29 Bethlehem Village 1,923 $90,125.0 $328,200.0
30 Woodbury Center 1,545 $63,368.0 $303,400.0
31 South Coventry 1,361 $79,545.0 $282,400.0
32 East Hampton 2,791 $88,319.0 $237,800.0
33 Old Saybrook Center 1,981 $61,786.0 $476,300.0
34 Watertown 3,608 $71,250.0 $235,900.0
35 Deep River Center 2,435 $69,559.0 $266,700.0
36 Mansfield Center 1,039 $70,469.0 $222,700.0
37 Litchfield 1,327 $78,056.0 $335,600.0
38 Clinton 3,576 $72,500.0 $291,000.0
39 South Woodstock 1,262 $63,482.0 $211,300.0
40 Canaan 1,123 $59,306.0 $192,300.0
41 Pawcatuck 4,999 $57,780.0 $245,200.0
42 Somers 1,844 $93,750.0 $242,200.0
43 Coventry Lake 2,932 $84,083.0 $168,700.0
44 Northwest Harwinton 3,216 $100,863.0 $255,900.0
45 Heritage Village 3,880 $51,938.0 $151,800.0
46 Colchester 4,879 $69,653.0 $201,700.0
47 Thomaston 1,799 $54,444.0 $190,400.0
48 Higganum 1,708 $84,688.0 $279,000.0
49 Broad Brook 4,687 $75,522.0 $234,100.0
50 Blue Hills 3,258 $63,917.0 $142,100.0
51 Quinebaug 1,545 $78,281.0 $195,400.0
52 South Windham 1,302 $58,231.0 $137,800.0
53 Oxoboxo River 2,938 $59,697.0 $168,800.0
54 Waterford 2,785 $45,884.0 $192,300.0
55 Wauregan 1,381 $71,500.0 $169,300.0
56 Plainfield Village 2,039 $52,256.0 $158,400.0
57 Danielson 3,991 $35,871.0 $147,600.0
58 North Grosvenor Dale 1,086 $41,481.0 $182,400.0
59 Poquonock Bridge 2,233 $58,750.0 $147,600.0
60 Westbrook Center 1,768 $56,667.0 $342,800.0
61 Moodus 1,076 $60,530.0 $224,700.0
62 Baltic 1,148 $44,000.0 $172,600.0
63 Moosup 3,499 $55,975.0 $164,900.0
64 East Brooklyn 1,708 $47,829.0 $200,200.0
65 Jewett City 3,443 $44,423.0 $156,600.0
66 New Hartford Center 1,161 $49,750.0 $191,400.0

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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