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The Best Places to Live in Connecticut: An In-Depth Guide

Are you looking to move to Connecticut? Here’s a list of the best places to live in the Nutmeg State.
Are you looking to move to Connecticut? Here’s a list of the best places to live in the Nutmeg State.

Connecticut is a state that consistently ranks high on various development and wellness indicators. In 2013, the state had the highest Human Development Index in the country. It came in third for health and education and fourth on the income scale.

It’s clear from the data that there’s a lot to like about living in Connecticut. Let’s look at which the best places to live in the state are.

West Haven

When choosing a place to live, you can’t do a lot better Connecticut’s friendliest city, West Haven. The city is an important historical location thanks to its use as a launch point by both sides involved in the American Revolution. There are several museums in the city that celebrate that and other important moments from its past.

There’s no better place in Connecticut than West Haven to enjoy beaches, since it has the longest stretching shoreline in the state. The Sandy Point Beach & Bird Sanctuary gives people the opportunity to see rare shorebirds and harp seal.

The University of New Haven is located in West Haven. There are nine schools in the West Haven School District with almost 6,000 students currently enrolled.

The West Haven real estate market is currently hot with median house values at $182,400.


Located in western Connecticut, Danbury can feel both like a vibrant, cosmopolitan city and a typical New England town. The city’s local government has taken steps to ensure a high quality of life and enjoyable lifestyle for its residents.

City Center Danbury is an undertaking that supports businesses and other ventures that contribute to the vitality of downtown Danbury. The area now boasts a farmers’ market, cultural centers, libraries, museums, and innovation centers thanks to the program.

Danbury has a population of 83,890 with a median age of 37.6. 43% of families in the city have children under the age of 18.


Bristol may not be all that well-known by itself, but it is the city from which ESPN’s studios beam out sports programming across the nation. This suburb in Hartford County was given the “Best Bang for the Buck” award for municipalities in the Greater Hartford area by Hartford Magazine. It was also named as one of the best places to live in the country by Money magazine.

Bristol has a few niche museums that add to the flavor of the city. The New England Carousel Museum and American Clock & Watch Museum are located here. The Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum is dedicated to iconic movie monsters like Frankenstein’s monster and Count Dracula.

The median value of a house in Bristol, Connecticut is $193,500.


The construction of the 67 mile-long Route 8 in Connecticut has played a big role in Shelton becoming a hub for big businesses. Sikorsky Aircraft, Tetley Tea, Black and Decker, and General Electric all have a presence in the city. Attracting these companies has contributed to the higher employment rates in Shelton.

The Shelton Community Center serves as a hub for the city’s community. The facility has a basketball court, swimming pools, and meeting rooms that can be rented out by businesses in the area. Several adult fitness programs are also held in the community center.

The median value of a house in Shelton is $317,400 while the average salary is $63,618.


Stamford has one of the highest concentrations of corporate entities in the country. The city has nine Fortune 1000 companies, four Fortune 500 companies, and also has the subdivision offices of a number of other large companies. The presence of these companies has played a big role in strengthening the economy of this part of Connecticut.

While the business may be what drives a large part of the economy, Stamford also has a cultural side to it. The Stamford Arts & Culture Commission supports creative endeavors across disciplines and serves as the focal point of arts activities throughout the year.

Stamford has a spirited downtown with fun events to go to every season. The city’s Make Music Day turns the downtown’s streets into a stage for performers across various levels of proficiency. The 2019 Stamford Make Music Day is on June 21.

Whether you’re looking to buy a home in one of Connecticut’s top cities or a lesser known town, the assistance of an experienced real estate agent can be invaluable. This is especially true if you’re new to a city and aren’t familiar with the local real estate market.

Clever Partner Agents are full-service real estate agents who have multiple years of experience helping home buyers acquire homes at great prices. Our agents guide buyers in everything from choosing a neighborhood to negotiating prices with sellers. You can qualify for a $1,000 rebate by working with a Clever Partner Agent, which can help pay for closing costs.

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Reuven Shechter

Reuven Shechter is the Outreach Coordinator at Clever Real Estate, the free online service that connects you with top real estate agents to help save on commission. He spreads the word about Clever, disseminating studies to journalists and developing relationships with media outlets. Reuven is passionate about investing in real estate and creating lasting success for families. His writing has been featured in Max Real Estate Exposure, Leverage Marketing, and more.

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