Rating Connecticut Cities and Towns: 2012 (Part 2)

This is the second in our four part series highlighting the rating of  Connecticut cities and towns by Connecticut Magazine. In our first post, we focused on the cities and towns with populations of between 10,000 and 15,000. To recap, the publication set the following criteria for the rankings:

Cities and towns between 15,000 and 25,000 residentsThey first sorted the localities into four groups based on population:

  • 10,000 – 15,000
  • 15,000 – 25,000
  • 25,000 – 50,000
  • 50,000+ (Towns with populations below 10,000 will be featured in their own four part series coming soon!)

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 15,000 and 25,000 residents, and specifically those in our market area:

15,000 – 25,000: Ridgefield Repeats, East Lyme and Stonington Advance

Towns of 15,000 - 25,000 residents

Ridgefield was once again at the top of this group, due mainly to great schools, a robust economy, and nearly non-existent crime rate of .69 crimes per 1000 residents. Farmington, last year’s #8 in this category, moved on to the next higher population group allowing both Stonington and East Lyme to move up several spots in the ratings.  Unfortunately, many of the communities we serve were outside of the top 20 shown here. For example, our neighbor to the south, North Haven, was at #23 (same as last year), while Seymour and Ansonia were at #31 and #32 respectively, affected mainly by poor economic conditions and high unemployment that plague the Naugatuck Valley. The median town in this group appears to be Stonington which, despite its poor showing in education, more than made up for it in other ways (be sure to visit Stonington Vineyards if you’re ever in the area, their Seaport White is to do for!).

To see the complete rankings of all 32 towns in this category, see the Connecticut Magazine report here. 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 the next installment, we’ll take a look at the towns and cities with a population between 25,000 and 50,000.

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