The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Connecticut For 2021


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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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best cities for families in Connecticut.

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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 2021 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 12,000 residents. We ended up with 35 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 2021

  1. Willimantic
  2. Westport
  3. Darien
  4. Orange
  5. Greenwich
  6. Windsor Locks
  7. Shelton
  8. New London
  9. Danbury
  10. West Hartford

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 2021? 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 2021

Willimantic, CT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 17,358
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 56
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 31.8%
More on Willimantic: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Westport, CT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 28,016
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 36
Closest Major City: New York
Households with kids: 39.4%
More on Westport: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Darien, CT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 21,742
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 61
Closest Major City: New York
Households with kids: 50.6%
More on Darien: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Orange, CT

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 13,934
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 41
Closest Major City: New York
Households with kids: 32.3%
More on Orange: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Greenwich, CT

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 13,287
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 63
Closest Major City: New York
Households with kids: 30.0%
More on Greenwich: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Windsor Locks, CT

Source: Wikipedia
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 12,671
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 60
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 25.2%
More on Windsor Locks: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Shelton, CT

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 41,141
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 56
Closest Major City: New York
Households with kids: 25.7%
More on Shelton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

New London, CT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 26,966
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 58
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 30.6%
More on New London: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Danbury, CT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 84,619
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 57
Closest Major City: Jersey City
Households with kids: 32.0%
More on Danbury: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

West Hartford, CT

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 63,063
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 47
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 30.3%
More on West Hartford: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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 12,000 people. For Connecticut, that meant a total of 35 cities. You can download the data here.

There You Have It - 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. Newington
  3. Waterbury

For more Connecticut reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places For Families In Connecticut?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Willimantic, CT 17,358 60
2 Westport, CT 28,016 44
3 Darien, CT 21,742 32
4 Orange, CT 13,934 33
5 Greenwich, CT 13,287 67
6 Windsor Locks, CT 12,671 45
7 Shelton, CT 41,141 53
8 New London, CT 26,966 68
9 Danbury, CT 84,619 65
10 West Hartford, CT 63,063 49

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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