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You've seen these lists before: Best places to live in Connecticut, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Constitution State and no one pays attention to the little guy.
Well, that's all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Connecticut based on numbers--not opinions or hearsay.
We'll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Connecticut ranked the based--you know, based on science.
Before we get to the top 15, here's a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Connecticut for 2022.
The 10 Best Small Towns To Live In Connecticut For 2022
- Wilton Center
- Essex Village
- Guilford Center
What's the best small town in Connecticut? Glenville is the best small town in Connecticut based on the most recent Census data. If you live in one of these small towns like Glenville, chances are, you're not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.
But for the rest of you--keep reading and we'll get to just why these small towns made our list.
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- Best Places To Live In Connecticut
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The 15 Best Small Towns In Connecticut For 2022
Median Income: $181,548 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $841,800 (1st Best)
More on Glenville: Data | Homes For Sale
2. Wilton Center
Median Income: $116,696 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $458,600 (8th Best)
More on Wilton Center: | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $144,063 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $376,800 (16th Best)
More on Noank: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $132,109 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $315,000 (27th Best)
More on Weatogue: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $87,361 (27th Best)
Median Home Value: $379,200 (15th Best)
More on Woodmont: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $112,246 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $411,500 (10th Best)
More on Mystic: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $142,500 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $392,500 (13th Best)
More on Ne: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $101,300 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $567,400 (7th Best)
More on Essex Village: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $69,531 (41st Best)
Median Home Value: $395,700 (12th Best)
More on Guilford Center: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $180,057 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $766,900 (3rd Best)
More on Southport: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $143,833 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $319,500 (26th Best)
More on Crystal Lake: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $133,625 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $636,800 (5th Best)
More on Georgetown: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $75,050 (36th Best)
Median Home Value: $292,200 (29th Best)
More on Niantic: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $89,444 (23rd Best)
Median Home Value: $325,200 (25th Best)
More on Collinsville: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $137,250 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $365,000 (18th Best)
More on North Granby: Data | Homes For Sale
Methodology: How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Connecticut
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census's 2016-2020 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:
- Population Density (Higher is better)
- Lowest Unemployment Rates
- Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
- Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
- Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
- Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
- Commute Times (Lower is better)
We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot - 66 to be exact.
We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 66, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Connecticut. Top of that list -- Glenville. You can download the data here.
Keep reading to find out more about our top 15 best small towns in Connecticut.
Summary: Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones
We said it once and we'll say it again -- this list: it's just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 15 small towns in Connecticut are the best, in which to live.
And who can argue with that?
If you're curious, here are the worst small towns in Connecticut:
- North Grosvenor Dale
- Poquonock Bridge
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