CT Magazine Rates the State’s Small Towns (Part 2)
This 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:
- 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:
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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- Connecticut Magazine Rates the State’s Small Towns (Part 1) (wallingfordwired.com)