These Are The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Connecticut For 2018


We used data and science to determine which places in Connecticut go easy on your wallet.

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A wise sage once said:

‘She works hard for the money…’

And these places in Connecticut definitely treat her right.

You see, these are the places in Connecticut where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Constitution State, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.

So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 21 largest places in Connecticut, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.

Here are the 10 cheapest places to live in Connecticut for 2018:

  1. Bridgeport (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Waterbury (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. West Haven (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. New Britain (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Hartford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Torrington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Derby (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. New London (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Ansonia (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Danbury (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So listen up Middletown (the most expensive place in Connecticut) as we explain how we created this ranking. You could learn some things from the rest of the state.

And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out the best places to live in Connecticut or the most expensive.

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How We Determined The Cheapest Places To Live In The Constitution State For 2018

There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Connecticut to figure out which is the least expensive.

What you are left with is a ‘Cost of Living Index’ that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 21 places in Connecticut that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

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1. Bridgeport

Bridgeport, Connecticut

Population: 144,446
Services: 126
Groceries: 122
Health Care: 115
Housing: 115
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 132
More on Bridgeport: Homes For Sale | Data
Bridgeport is a seaport city in the U.S. state of Connecticut. It is the largest city in the state and is located in Fairfield County at the mouth of the Pequonnock River on Long Island Sound. Bridgeport had a population of 144,229 during the 2010 Census, making it also the 5th-most populous in New England. It is bordered by the towns of Trumbull to the north, Fairfield to the west, and Stratford to the east. The Greater Bridgeport area is the 48th-largest urban area in the United States. Located 60 miles from Manhattan and 40 miles from the Bronx, Bridgeport is also part of the New York metropolitan area.

2. Waterbury

Waterbury, Connecticut

Population: 110,074
Services: 121
Groceries: 128
Health Care: 119
Housing: 91
Transportation: 109
Utilities: 128
More on Waterbury: Homes For Sale | Data
Waterbury (nicknamed ‘The Brass City’) (/wtrbri/ WOR-tr-berr-ee) is a city in the U.S. state of Connecticut on the Naugatuck River, 33 miles (45 minutes) southwest of Hartford and 77 miles (90 minutes) northeast of New York City. Waterbury is in New Haven County, Connecticut. As of the 2010 census, Waterbury had a population of 110,366, making it the 10th largest city in the New York Metropolitan Area, 9th largest city in New England and the 5th largest city in Connecticut.

3. West Haven

West Haven, Connecticut

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Population: 55,386
Services: 126
Groceries: 122
Health Care: 115
Housing: 121
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 132
More on West Haven: Homes For Sale | Data
West Haven is a city in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States. At the 2010 census, the population of the city was 55,564.

4. New Britain

New Britain, Connecticut

Population: 73,122
Services: 121
Groceries: 128
Health Care: 119
Housing: 95
Transportation: 109
Utilities: 128
More on New Britain: Homes For Sale | Data
New Britain is a city in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States. It is located approximately 9 miles (14 km) southwest of Hartford. According to 2010 Census, the population of the city is 73,206.

5. Hartford

Hartford, Connecticut

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Population: 124,879
Services: 121
Groceries: 128
Health Care: 119
Housing: 98
Transportation: 109
Utilities: 128
More on Hartford: Homes For Sale | Data
Hartford is the capital of the U.S. state of Connecticut. It was the seat of Hartford County until Connecticut disbanded county government in 1960. As of the 2010 Census, Hartford’s population was 124,775, making it Connecticut’s third-largest city after the coastal cities of Bridgeport and New Haven. Census Bureau estimates since then have indicated Hartford’s fall to fourth place statewide, as a result of sustained population growth in the coastal city of Stamford.

6. Torrington

Torrington, Connecticut

Source: Public domain

Population: 36,239
Services: 121
Groceries: 128
Health Care: 119
Housing: 99
Transportation: 109
Utilities: 128
More on Torrington: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

7. Derby

Derby, Connecticut

Source: Public domain

Population: 12,858
Services: 126
Groceries: 122
Health Care: 115
Housing: 126
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 132
More on Derby: Homes For Sale | Data
Derby is a city in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 12,903 at the 2010 census. It is the smallest consolidated city of Connecticut by area and population.

8. New London

New London, Connecticut

Population: 27,613
Services: 121
Groceries: 128
Health Care: 119
Housing: 106
Transportation: 109
Utilities: 128
More on New London: Homes For Sale | Data
New London is a seaport city and a port of entry on the northeast coast of the United States. It is located at the mouth of the Thames River in New London County, Southeastern Connecticut.

9. Ansonia

Ansonia, Connecticut

Population: 19,188
Services: 126
Groceries: 122
Health Care: 115
Housing: 135
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 132
More on Ansonia: Homes For Sale | Data
Ansonia is a city in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States, on the Naugatuck River, immediately north of Derby, and about 12 miles (19 km) 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 (Northbound, Exit 18; Southbound, Exit 19).

10. Danbury

Danbury, Connecticut

Source: Public domain

Population: 81,057
Services: 126
Groceries: 122
Health Care: 115
Housing: 164
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 132
More on Danbury: Homes For Sale | Data
Danbury is a city in northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States, located along the Still River approximately 70 miles northeast of New York’s city center. Danbury’s population at the 2010 census was 80,893. Danbury is the fourth most populous city in Fairfield County, and seventh among Connecticut cities. The city is within the New York combined statistical area and Bridgeport metropolitan area.

There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Cheapskate

If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in Connecticut, this is an accurate list of the cheapest places to call home.

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Connecticut

City Rank Population Services Groceries Health Care
Bridgeport 1 144,446 126 122 115
Waterbury 2 110,074 121 128 119
West Haven 3 55,386 126 122 115
New Britain 4 73,122 121 128 119
Hartford 5 124,879 121 128 119
Torrington 6 36,239 121 128 119
Derby 7 12,858 126 122 115
New London 8 27,613 121 128 119
Ansonia 9 19,188 126 122 115
Danbury 10 81,057 126 122 115
Meriden 11 60,674 121 128 119
Norwich 12 40,322 121 128 119
Milford 13 52,826 126 122 115
Bristol 14 60,502 121 128 119
Shelton 15 39,641 126 122 115
Naugatuck 16 31,795 121 128 119
Norwalk 17 85,853 126 122 115
Stamford 18 122,878 126 122 115
New Haven 19 129,898 121 128 119
Groton 20 9,734 121 128 119
Middletown 21 47,530 121 128 119

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