These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Connecticut For 2019


We analyzed 21 places in Connecticut to determine where the 1% live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the richest cities in Connecticut.

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Shelton, Milford, Stamford: These cities aren’t just some of the best places to live in Connecticut. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Constitution State.

Shelton in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $89,250 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 5.4%.

If you’re thinking of moving to one of these towns, you’ll probably need to start saving. The richest places in Connecticut share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

How did we come up with these mega wealthy cities? We analyzed Census data from the 2013-2017 American Community Survey for the 21 places in Connecticut with more than 9,000 people.

At the end of the day, here’s the set of the 10 richest places in Connecticut for 2019:

  1. Shelton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Milford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Stamford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Norwalk (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Bristol (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Middletown (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Torrington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Danbury (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Meriden (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Naugatuck (Photos | Homes For Sale)

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list of the richest cities in Connecticut.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Connecticut:

How We Determined The Richest Places In Connecticut For 2019

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Connecticut
The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2013-2017 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 21 places with more than 9,000 people in Connecticut, we ranked each place from 1 to 21 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Shelton, crowned the “Richest City In Connecticut For 2019”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 21 places.

Shelton, CT

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 41,282
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $89,250
Unemployment Rate: 6.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.4%
More on Shelton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Shelton is a city in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 39,559 at the 2010 census.

Milford, CT

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 52,331
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $86,496
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%
Poverty Rate: 6.1%
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

Stamford, CT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 128,851
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $84,893
Unemployment Rate: 7.4%
Poverty Rate: 9.3%
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 (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.

Norwalk, CT

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 88,537
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $81,546
Unemployment Rate: 8.0%
Poverty Rate: 9.2%
More on Norwalk: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Bristol, CT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 60,498
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Income: $64,586
Unemployment Rate: 6.9%
Poverty Rate: 10.4%
More on Bristol: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Middletown, CT

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 46,747
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $63,914
Unemployment Rate: 6.1%
Poverty Rate: 11.3%
More on Middletown: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Torrington, CT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 35,078
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $61,313
Unemployment Rate: 7.8%
Poverty Rate: 9.8%
More on Torrington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Danbury, CT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 84,573
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 3)
Median Income: $68,068
Unemployment Rate: 7.5%
Poverty Rate: 11.6%
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.

Meriden, CT

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 60,241
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Income: $57,350
Unemployment Rate: 7.3%
Poverty Rate: 10.8%
More on Meriden: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Meriden is a city in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States, located halfway between the regional cities of New Haven and Hartford. In 2010, the population of the city was 60,868.

Naugatuck, CT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 31,649
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $63,452
Unemployment Rate: 8.7%
Poverty Rate: 10.0%
More on Naugatuck: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Connecticut For 2019

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Connecticut, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Connecticut.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Connecticut, according to data:

Poorest: Hartford
2nd Poorest: New London
3rd Poorest: New Haven

For more Connecticut reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Connecticut

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Shelton 1.67 $89,250
2 Milford 1.67 $86,496
3 Stamford 4.67 $84,893
4 Norwalk 5.67 $81,546
5 Bristol 5.83 $64,586
6 Middletown 6.0 $63,914
7 Torrington 7.67 $61,313
8 Danbury 8.0 $68,068
9 Meriden 8.33 $57,350
10 Naugatuck 8.5 $63,452
11 Groton 10.17 $55,567
12 Derby 11.33 $57,432
13 Norwich 13.33 $53,682
14 West Haven 13.33 $55,299
15 New Britain 15.17 $43,611
16 Ansonia 15.5 $45,563
17 Bridgeport 17.33 $44,841
18 Waterbury 18.0 $40,879
19 New Haven 18.17 $39,191
20 New London 19.67 $37,331
21 Hartford 21.0 $33,841

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