These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Connecticut For 2018


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 for 2018:

  1. Middletown (Photos)
  2. Groton (Photos)
  3. New Haven (Photos)
  4. Stamford (Photos)
  5. Norwalk (Photos)
  6. Naugatuck (Photos)
  7. Shelton (Photos)
  8. Bristol (Photos)
  9. Milford (Photos)
  10. Norwich (Photos)

So hopefully Bridgeport (the cheapest place to live in Connecticut) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

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

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How We Determined The Most Expensive 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 most 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.

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. Middletown

Middletown, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,530
Services: 121
Groceries: 128
Health Care: 119
Housing: 124
Transportation: 109
Utilities: 128
Middletown is a city located in Middlesex County, Connecticut, along the Connecticut River, in the central part of the state, 16 miles (26 km) south of Hartford. In 1650, it was incorporated as a town under its original Indian name, Mattabeseck. It received its present name in 1653. Middletown was included within Hartford County upon its creation on May 10, 1666. In 1784, the central settlement was incorporated as a city distinct from the town. Both were included within newly formed Middlesex County in May 1785. In 1923, the City of Middletown was consolidated with the Town, making the city limits of the city quite extensive.

2. Groton

Groton, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,734
Services: 121
Groceries: 128
Health Care: 119
Housing: 122
Transportation: 109
Utilities: 128
Groton /rtn/ is a town located on the Thames River in New London County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 40,115 at the 2010 census.

3. New Haven

New Haven, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 129,898
Services: 121
Groceries: 128
Health Care: 119
Housing: 121
Transportation: 109
Utilities: 128
New Haven (locally /nu hevn/ noo-HAY-vn), in the U.S. state of Connecticut, is the principal municipality in Greater New Haven, which had a total population of 862,477 in 2010. It is located on New Haven Harbor on the northern shore of Long Island Sound in New Haven County, Connecticut, and is part of the New York metropolitan area. It is the second-largest city in Connecticut (after Bridgeport), with a population of 129,779 people as of the 2010 United States Census. According to a census of 1 July 2012, by the Census Bureau, the city had a population of 130,741.

4. Stamford

Stamford, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 122,878
Services: 126
Groceries: 122
Health Care: 115
Housing: 258
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 132
Stamford is a city in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 122,643. As of July 1, 2014, according to the Census Bureau, the population of Stamford had risen to 128,278, making it the third-largest city in the state (behind Bridgeport and New Haven) and the seventh-largest city in New England. Approximately 30 miles (50 kilometers) from Manhattan, Stamford is in the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk Metro area which is a part of the Greater New York metropolitan area.

5. Norwalk

Norwalk, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 85,853
Services: 126
Groceries: 122
Health Care: 115
Housing: 214
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 132
Norwalk (/nrwk/ NOR-wawk), is a U.S city located in southwestern Connecticut, in southern Fairfield County, on the northern shore of Long Island Sound. Norwalk is included statistically within both the New York-Newark, NY-NJ-CT-PA Combined Statistical Area as well as the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT Metropolitan Statistical Area.

6. Naugatuck

Naugatuck, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,795
Services: 121
Groceries: 128
Health Care: 119
Housing: 114
Transportation: 109
Utilities: 128
Naugatuck is a consolidated borough and town in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States. The town spans both sides of the Naugatuck River just south of Waterbury, and includes the communities of Union City on the east side of the river, which has its own post office, Straitsville on the southeast (along Route 63), and Millville on the west (along Rubber Avenue). As of the 2010 census, Naugatuck had a population of 31,862.

7. Shelton

Shelton, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,641
Services: 126
Groceries: 122
Health Care: 115
Housing: 176
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 132
Shelton is a city in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 39,559 at the 2010 census.

8. Bristol

Bristol, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 60,502
Services: 121
Groceries: 128
Health Care: 119
Housing: 112
Transportation: 109
Utilities: 128

9. Milford

Milford, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 52,826
Services: 126
Groceries: 122
Health Care: 115
Housing: 171
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 132
Milford is a Coterminous municipality within Coastal Connecticut and New Haven County, Connecticut, between Bridgeport, Connecticut and New Haven, Connecticut. The population was 51,271 at the 2010 census. The city includes the borough of Woodmont and the village of Devon. Milford is part of the New York-Newark, NY-NJ-CT-PA Combined Statistical Area. It is the headquarters of the mega business Subway

10. Norwich

Norwich, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 40,322
Services: 121
Groceries: 128
Health Care: 119
Housing: 108
Transportation: 109
Utilities: 128
Norwich, known as ‘The Rose of New England’, is a city in New London County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 40,493 at the 2010 United States Census. Three rivers, the Yantic, the Shetucket, and the Quinebaug, flow into the city and form its harbor, from which the Thames River flows south to Long Island Sound.

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

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

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

  1. Bridgeport
  2. Waterbury
  3. West Haven

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Connecticut

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

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