Connecticut Magazine Rates the State’s Small Towns (Part 1)

CT Magazine Rates the State’s Small Towns

ConnecticutCitiesLast Winter, we profiled the state’s larger cities and towns as ranked by Connecticut Magazine in their November 2009 issue. The Trumbull-based publication has recently done the same for the state’s smaller towns in its March 2010 issue, the first such ranking since 2007.

As with the previous rankings, several criteria were used and the towns were sorted into three groups based on population:

  • 6,500 – 10,000
  • 3,500 – 6,500
  • less than 3,500

Then, information was collected in the quality-of-life criteria that are most important to residents:

  • Schools
  • Crime Rate
  • Cost of Living
  • Local Economy
  • Leisure/Cultural Outlets

The numbers were then crunched and rankings were awarded based on how the towns scored in those criteria, with a “1” being the best score possible. In this three part series of posts, we’re going to highlight how some towns in our market area fared, as well as the rest of the rankings. So, without an further ado, here’s Part One:

6,500 – 10,000 : Durham, Woodbridge Represent!

Out of the 23 towns in this segment, Durham and Woodbridge did very well, placing 9th and 10th respectively. Durham fared well in most all of the criteria, especially Education, Leisure and Housing Costs, with a median home price of $269,000. Woodbridge also did extremely well in Education, plus posted high scores in Leisure and Economy. It’s median home price was on the high end, however, at $406,000 it was the third highest price in the top ten. Here’s the chart of results:

Towns                                Schools         Crime        Economy        Cost                  Leisure           Total

Easton 1 1 3 22 10 37
Essex 8 9 4 19.5 1 41.5
Old Lyme 4 15 2 19.5 2 42
Redding 2 13 1 23 5 44
Litchfield 7 17 5 14 3 46
Hebron 6 4 13 11.5 15 49.5
Lebanon 16 2 12 8.5 16 54.5
Haddam 11 8 16 7 13 55
Durham 10 12 15 11.5 7 55.5
Woodbridge 3 19 7 21 6 56
Woodstock 14 3 11 5 23 56
Woodbury 12 10 14 16 4 56
E. Haddam 15 5 9 6 22 57
Canton 5 21 8 15 8 57
Burlington 9 6 6 18 18 57
Thompson 22.5 7 17 2 14 62.5
Portland 13 18 19 10 9 69
Thomaston 17 20 21 4 11 73
Prospect 18 16 18 8.5 17 77.5
Putnam 22.5 22 20 1 12 77.5
Oxford 19 11 10 17 21 78
Brooklyn 20 14 23 3 20 80
E. Windsor 21 23 22 13 19 98

Remember, these rankings are not to be considered the last word in what the quality of life is in a particular city/town; however, they are a starting point and can be used as a point of comparison when making a decision about where to live in the state. There are many reasons for liking –or not liking – a specific city or town that transcend any statistical ranking or report, and only you can decide if a place is right for you and your family.

In Part Two of this series, we’ll take a look at the next population size, towns between 3,500 and 6,500 residents. To see these results in their entirety, head over to Connecticut Magazine’s web site.

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