These Are The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Connecticut For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the most expensive places to live in Connecticut.

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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 2019.

So where is the most expensive place to live in Connecticut? That would be Stamford.

So hopefully Torrington (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 some more reading about Connecticut and the most expensive cities in the country:

The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Connecticut For 2019

Stamford, CT

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Population: 128,851
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 6.1x (1st most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 49.8x (10th most expensive)
More on Stamford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 and the seventh-largest city in New England. Approximately 30 miles from Manhattan, Stamford is in the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk Metro area which is a part of the Greater New York metropolitan area.

The median income in Stamford comes in at $84,893 and the median home value is $516,000 for 2019.

New Haven, CT

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Population: 130,884
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.8x (3rd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 34.5x (1st most expensive)
More on New Haven: Real Estate | Data | Photos

New Haven, 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, 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.

The median income in New Haven comes in at $39,191 and the median home value is $189,400 for 2019.

Norwalk, CT

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Population: 88,537
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.2x (2nd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 52.2x (12th most expensive)
More on Norwalk: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Norwalk, 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.

The median income in Norwalk comes in at $81,546 and the median home value is $421,900 for 2019.

Ansonia, CT

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Population: 18,953
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.6x (6th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 44.4x (6th most expensive)
More on Ansonia: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ansonia is a city in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States, on the Naugatuck River, immediately north of Derby, and about 12 miles 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.

The median income in Ansonia comes in at $45,563 and the median home value is $208,700 for 2019.

Danbury, CT

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Population: 84,573
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.3x (7th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 48.5x (8th most expensive)
More on Danbury: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

The median income in Danbury comes in at $68,068 and the median home value is $289,700 for 2019.

New London, CT

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Population: 27,147
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.7x (5th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 39.3x (4th most expensive)
More on New London: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

The median income in New London comes in at $37,331 and the median home value is $177,100 for 2019.

Hartford, CT

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Population: 124,390
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.8x (4th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 36.2x (2nd most expensive)
More on Hartford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

The median income in Hartford comes in at $33,841 and the median home value is $162,300 for 2019.

Bridgeport, CT

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Population: 147,586
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.8x (9th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 39.3x (3rd most expensive)
More on Bridgeport: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

The median income in Bridgeport comes in at $44,841 and the median home value is $170,300 for 2019.

West Haven, CT

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Population: 55,044
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.5x (13th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 49.3x (9th most expensive)
More on West Haven: Real Estate | Data | Photos

West Haven is a city in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States. At the 2010 census, the population of the city was 55,564.

The median income in West Haven comes in at $55,299 and the median home value is $193,300 for 2019.

Milford, CT

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Population: 52,331
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.5x (14th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 55.8x (14th most expensive)
More on Milford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

The median income in Milford comes in at $86,496 and the median home value is $302,200 for 2019.

How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Constitution State For 2019

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Connecticut
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:

  1. How much do money do I make?
  2. How much do I have spend to live there?

You need to understand your costs in the context of how much money you make.

For example, if the median household earns $100,000 and spends $40,000 on housing it’s actually cheaper to live there than a place with a median income of $50,000 and housing costs of $21,000. You might spend more on housing, but you have more money overall to play with.

With that example in mind, we derived several statistics from the latest Census American Community Survey 2013-2017 around incomes and costs. They are:

  • Median Home Price / Median Income (lower is better)
  • Median Income / Median Rent (Higher is better)
  • Median Home Price

We added simply median home price because high home prices generally correlate with higher expenses for all costs related to homes (heating, electricity, etc).

You can then compare these metrics 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” by taking the average rank of each of these metrics for each city.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 21 places in Connecticut that have more than 9,000 people.

The place with the highest cost of living in Connecticut according to the data is Stamford.

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck In Connecticut For 2019

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

Here’s a look at the most affordable cities in Connecticut according to the data:

  1. Torrington
  2. Naugatuck
  3. Meriden

For more Connecticut reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Connecticut

Rank City ExpensiveScore Population Home/Income Ratio Income/Rent Ratio
1 Stamford 4.0 128,851 6.1x 49.8x
2 New Haven 5.33 130,884 4.8x 34.5x
3 Norwalk 5.33 88,537 5.2x 52.2x
4 Ansonia 6.33 18,953 4.6x 44.4x
5 Danbury 6.67 84,573 4.3x 48.5x
6 New London 7.67 27,147 4.7x 39.3x
7 Hartford 8.0 124,390 4.8x 36.2x
8 Bridgeport 9.33 147,586 3.8x 39.3x
9 West Haven 10.67 55,044 3.5x 49.3x
10 Milford 10.67 52,331 3.5x 55.8x
11 Shelton 10.67 41,282 3.8x 68.6x
12 Middletown 11.0 46,747 3.6x 58.4x
13 Groton 11.67 9,184 3.6x 57.3x
14 Derby 11.67 12,700 3.4x 50.8x
15 New Britain 12.33 73,069 3.6x 45.6x
16 Waterbury 14.0 109,250 3.1x 44.2x
17 Norwich 15.67 39,875 3.1x 54.0x
18 Bristol 16.33 60,498 2.9x 68.0x
19 Meriden 16.67 60,241 3.0x 58.6x
20 Naugatuck 17.0 31,649 2.8x 63.1x
21 Torrington 20.0 35,078 2.6x 68.4x

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