These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Connecticut


We used science and data to determine which cities in Connecticut that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Connecticut does this very well. Families love the Constitution State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in Connecticut that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state. After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Connecticut:

  1. Stamford (Photos)
  2. Norwalk (Photos)
  3. Shelton (Photos)
  4. Milford (Photos)
  5. Danbury (Photos)
  6. Ansonia (Photos)
  7. Derby (Photos)
  8. Middletown (Photos)
  9. Groton (Photos)
  10. New Haven (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Waterbury is the most affordable city in Connecticut.

Read on to see why these places cost so much more than average. Or check out the most affordable places in Connecticut.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Cities In Connecticut

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 most expensive.

For reference, the United State averages a cost of living 100. A score below 100 means that the city has a below average cost of living while a score over 100 has a high cost of living for that category.

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.

The city with the highest cost of living index, Stamford, rank as being the most expensive.

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1. Stamford

Stamford, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 125,401
Services Index: 126
Groceries Index: 122
Housing Index: 258
Healthcare Index: 115
Transportation Index: 100
Utilities Index: 132

2. Norwalk

Norwalk, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 87,214
Services Index: 126
Groceries Index: 122
Housing Index: 214
Healthcare Index: 115
Transportation Index: 100
Utilities Index: 132

3. Shelton

Shelton, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 40,472
Services Index: 126
Groceries Index: 122
Housing Index: 176
Healthcare Index: 115
Transportation Index: 100
Utilities Index: 132

4. Milford

Milford, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 51,509
Services Index: 126
Groceries Index: 122
Housing Index: 171
Healthcare Index: 115
Transportation Index: 100
Utilities Index: 132

5. Danbury

Danbury, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 82,781
Services Index: 126
Groceries Index: 122
Housing Index: 164
Healthcare Index: 115
Transportation Index: 100
Utilities Index: 132

6. Ansonia

Ansonia, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,128
Services Index: 126
Groceries Index: 122
Housing Index: 135
Healthcare Index: 115
Transportation Index: 100
Utilities Index: 132

7. Derby

Derby, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,837
Services Index: 126
Groceries Index: 122
Housing Index: 126
Healthcare Index: 115
Transportation Index: 100
Utilities Index: 132

8. Middletown

Middletown, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,424
Services Index: 121
Groceries Index: 128
Housing Index: 124
Healthcare Index: 119
Transportation Index: 109
Utilities Index: 128

9. Groton

Groton, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,348
Services Index: 121
Groceries Index: 128
Housing Index: 122
Healthcare Index: 119
Transportation Index: 109
Utilities Index: 128

10. New Haven

New Haven, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 130,553
Services Index: 121
Groceries Index: 128
Housing Index: 121
Healthcare Index: 119
Transportation Index: 109
Utilities Index: 128

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in Connecticut that have the highest cost of living, with Stamford ranking as the most exensive city in the Constitution State.

If you’re curious, here are the most least expensive cities in Connecticut:

  1. Waterbury
  2. New Britain
  3. Hartford

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Connecticut

City Rank Population Services Groceries Healthcare Housing Transportation Utilities
Stamford 1 125,401 126 122 115 258 100 132
Norwalk 2 87,214 126 122 115 214 100 132
Shelton 3 40,472 126 122 115 176 100 132
Milford 4 51,509 126 122 115 171 100 132
Danbury 5 82,781 126 122 115 164 100 132
Ansonia 6 19,128 126 122 115 135 100 132
Derby 7 12,837 126 122 115 126 100 132
Middletown 8 47,424 121 128 119 124 109 128
Groton 9 9,348 121 128 119 122 109 128
New Haven 10 130,553 121 128 119 121 109 128
West Haven 11 55,290 126 122 115 121 100 132
Bridgeport 12 146,680 126 122 115 115 100 132
Naugatuck 13 31,790 121 128 119 114 109 128
Bristol 14 60,556 121 128 119 112 109 128
Meriden 15 60,616 121 128 119 108 109 128
Norwich 16 40,378 121 128 119 108 109 128
New London 17 27,536 121 128 119 106 109 128
Torrington 18 35,774 121 128 119 99 109 128
Hartford 19 125,211 121 128 119 98 109 128
New Britain 20 73,095 121 128 119 95 109 128
Waterbury 21 109,887 121 128 119 91 109 128

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