Connecticut Magazine Rates the State’s Small Towns (Part 2)

CT Magazine Rates the State’s Small Towns (Part 2)

ConnecticutCities2This is the second in a three part series highlighting the rating of  Connecticut’s small towns by Connecticut Magazine. In our first post, we focused on the towns with a population between 6,500 and 10,000. To recap, the publication set the following criteria for the rankings:

They first sorted the localities 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

Then the numbers were crunched and rankings were awarded based on how the towns scored in those criteria, with a “1” being the best score possible. In this second part of the series, we’ll be taking a look at the next population segment, between 3,500 and 6,500 residents, and specifically those in our market area, if any:

3,500 – 6,500: Middlefield Hangs In There

Of the 25 towns in this population group, Middlefield is the only town in our market that did well, placing 18th on the strength of its leisure activities, including Peckham Park, Lake Beseck, Lyman Orchards, and 2 local golf courses, as well as a good school system.

Here’s the full set of rankings for this population segment:

Town Schools Crime Economy Cost Leisure Total
Chester 8 3 5 19 11 46
New Hartford 3 14.5 14 7 9 47.5
Deep River 10 6 13 9 13 51
Sherman 15 1 3 23 10 52
Washington 18 7 2 25 1 53
Middlebury 1 24 7 18 4 54
Willington 11 8 12 5 18 54
E. Granby 9 14.5 11 12 8 54.5
Killingworth 14 2 6 21 12 55
Columbia 24 9 10 8 5 56
Harwinton 7 19 8 6 17 57
Ashford 13 5 22 2 15 57
Salisbury 19 12 1 24 2 58
Westbrook 17 10 4 22 7 60
Bethany 2 11 9 20 23 65
Marlborough 4 20 19 17 6 66
Pomfret 16 4 17 10 20 67
Middlefield 12 21 18 15 3 69
Bolton 5 17 24 14 14 74
Preston 21 23 15 3.5 16 78.5
Salem 6 16 20 16 24 82
Canterbury 22 13 23 3.5 21 82.5
N. Stonington 20 18 21 11 19 89
Lisbon 23 25 16 1 25 90
Beacon Falls 25 22 25 13 22 107

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 Three of this series, we’ll take a look at the next population size, towns with less than 3,500 residents. To see these results in their entirety, head over to the Connecticut Magazine web site.

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