These Are The 10 Most Affordable Places In Connecticut


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:

  1. Waterbury
  2. New Britain
  3. Hartford
  4. Torrington
  5. New London
  6. Meriden
  7. Norwich
  8. Bristol
  9. Naugatuck
  10. Bridgeport

So listen up + Stamford as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Most Affordable Places To Live In The Constitution State

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. Waterbury

Waterbury, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 110,074
Services: 121
Groceries: 128
Healthcare: 119
Housing: 91
Transportation: 109
Utiltiies: 128

2. New Britain

New Britain, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 73,122
Services: 121
Groceries: 128
Healthcare: 119
Housing: 95
Transportation: 109
Utiltiies: 128

3. Hartford

Hartford, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 124,879
Services: 121
Groceries: 128
Healthcare: 119
Housing: 98
Transportation: 109
Utiltiies: 128

4. Torrington

Torrington, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,239
Services: 121
Groceries: 128
Healthcare: 119
Housing: 99
Transportation: 109
Utiltiies: 128

5. New London

New London, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,613
Services: 121
Groceries: 128
Healthcare: 119
Housing: 106
Transportation: 109
Utiltiies: 128

6. Meriden

Meriden, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 60,674
Services: 121
Groceries: 128
Healthcare: 119
Housing: 108
Transportation: 109
Utiltiies: 128

7. Norwich

Norwich, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 40,322
Services: 121
Groceries: 128
Healthcare: 119
Housing: 108
Transportation: 109
Utiltiies: 128

8. Bristol

Bristol, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 60,502
Services: 121
Groceries: 128
Healthcare: 119
Housing: 112
Transportation: 109
Utiltiies: 128

9. Naugatuck

Naugatuck, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,795
Services: 121
Groceries: 128
Healthcare: 119
Housing: 114
Transportation: 109
Utiltiies: 128

10. Bridgeport

Bridgeport, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 144,446
Services: 126
Groceries: 122
Healthcare: 115
Housing: 115
Transportation: 100
Utiltiies: 132

Detailed List Of Affordable Places In Connecticut

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

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