The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Connecticut For 2022

We used science and data to determine which cities in Connecticut have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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Three new cities moved into the best places for families in Connecticut according to the HomeSnacks most family friendly places for 2022 report.

Each year we analyze what we feel are the best places for families in Connecticut. We take into account categories that we all agree make a state great for families like family friendly amenities and percentage of households that currently have kids. We also take into account places with solid schools, low crime, and great jobs with competitive salaries. We even looked at short commute times. According to the Happiness Research Institute, most families don't like where they live and wished they lived somewhere better. However, not the folks in our most family friendly places in Connecticut.

How did we determine Connecticut's most family friendly places? We consulted the US Census on places in this New England state with more than 10,000 residents. We ended up with 32 family friendly Connecticut places that any family would be lucky to call home.

We also discovered that there are family friendly places for every budget. The Constitution State has hip places for families just starting out like Milford, idyllic Norman Rockwell-esque places like Simsbury Center, and upscale places like Norwalk for families who don't have to worry about being on a budget.

Are you surprised by this year's results? Pull up a chair and put a smile on your face as we look at Connecticut's best places for families.

The 10 Best Cities To Raise A Family In Connecticut For 2022

  1. Willimantic
  2. Bethel
  3. Greenwich
  4. Orange
  5. Shelton
  6. West Hartford
  7. Danbury
  8. Windsor Locks
  9. Bristol
  10. Stamford

When you choose to live in one of Connecticut's best places for families, you are choosing to live where you can keep your family safe, happy, and healthy. You are choosing to live where your Connecticut salary will go the furthest for your family. And that, Connecticuters, makes perfect sense.

So, what's the best place for families to live in Connecticut for 2022? Drum roll... the number one best place for families in The Nutmeg State is Willimantic based on the most recent Census data.

To see how your city compared, take a look at the list below. And if you don't find your favorite there, head on down to the bottom.

Check out some more reading about Connecticut and the best places for families in the country:

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Connecticut For 2022

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Population: 18,669
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 51
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 31.3%
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Willimantic, CT

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Population: 10,839
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 39
Closest Major City: Yonkers
Households with kids: 31.6%
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Bethel, CT

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Population: 12,967
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 68
Closest Major City: Yonkers
Households with kids: 26.7%
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Greenwich, CT

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Population: 13,928
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 58
Closest Major City: Yonkers
Households with kids: 33.3%
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Orange, CT

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Population: 41,162
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 45
Closest Major City: Yonkers
Households with kids: 24.7%
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Shelton, CT

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Population: 63,023
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 46
Closest Major City: Yonkers
Households with kids: 29.4%
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West Hartford, CT

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Population: 84,650
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 56
Closest Major City: Yonkers
Households with kids: 31.5%
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Danbury, CT

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Population: 12,732
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 37
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 28.9%
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Windsor Locks, CT

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Population: 60,039
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 48
Closest Major City: Yonkers
Households with kids: 29.3%
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Bristol, CT

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Population: 130,057
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 72
Closest Major City: Yonkers
Households with kids: 29.3%
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Stamford, CT

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Methodology: How do you determine which place is best for families in Connecticut anyways?

To give you the places in Connecticut which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what's family-friendly and what isn't.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Constitution State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Connecticut, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Connecticut, that meant a total of 32 cities. You can download the data here.

Summary: The Best Places To Raise A Family In Connecticut

If you're looking for a breakdown of cities in Connecticut ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here's a look at the best cities for singles Connecticut according to the data:

  1. Meriden
  2. Derby
  3. Newington

For more Connecticut reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places For Families In Connecticut?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Willimantic, CT 18,669 52
2 Bethel, CT 10,839 62
3 Greenwich, CT 12,967 70
4 Orange, CT 13,928 48
5 Shelton, CT 41,162 65
6 West Hartford, CT 63,023 75
7 Danbury, CT 84,650 44
8 Windsor Locks, CT 12,732 55
9 Bristol, CT 60,039 57
10 Stamford, CT 130,057 61

How Is The Area In ?

Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best cities for families in Connecticut.

About Chris Kolmar

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