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Best Places To Live In Connecticut 2020

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score87
  • Simsbury Center, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,968
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  • Old Greenwich, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,000
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  • Riverside, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,289
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  • Cheshire Village, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,103
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  • Cos Cob, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,535
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  • Westport, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,511
  • I have enjoyed the last three years living in Westport, Connecticut a city that has excellent schools and safe environment for raising kids and establishing community within this small multicultural…[read more]
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  • West Hartford, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 63,187
  • My husband and I took our daughter to West Hartford Connecticut last year to visit the children's museum. When we arrived we were greeted by Conny the whale a sixty foot sperm whale that we were allowed…[read more]
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  • Greenwich, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,429
  • I live in Greenwich, Connecticut and hope that this place can be my forever home. This has been where my family and I have been for the past 13 years and it is a great place to live. Living in Greenwich,…[read more]
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  • Newington, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,590
  • In the year 2000, I moved back to Newington, CT after living in another nearby town for more than a decade. Located in the central section of the state, Newington maintains a real small town charm, while…[read more]
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  • Portland, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,607
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  • Glastonbury Center, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,523
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  • Kensington, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,528
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  • Middletown, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 46,933
  • Middletown Connecticut is one of those super cute towns that everyone should have the chance to live in at least once in their life. I was afforded the ability to live there for two glorious years. The…[read more]
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  • North Haven, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,888
  • North Haven, Connecticut is a gorgeous city with beautiful buildings and a lovely scenery. I have been to North Haven numerous times and love going back each and every time. The weather is constantly…[read more]
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  • Orange, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,941
  • You can come to Orange, Connecticut and visit Splat Art Studios for some art classes, and kids' activities, you can head out to the Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum for a great afternoon of fun and…[read more]
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  • Darien, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,519
  • I lived in Darien, CT during my first marriage, and I have to say that it is a lovely place to live, for those who are wealthy enough to afford living there. Darien is definitely an affluent area. When…[read more]
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  • Ridgefield, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,552
  • Have lived in Ridgefield for 25 years and love it I commute to Stamford and do not need to use the highways. it is a easy commute to many…[read more]
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  • Wethersfield, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 26,396
  • If you're looking for a quiet and quaint neighborhood to raise your kids and settle down, living in Wethersfield Connecticut should be high on your list. Crime is very low and there are plenty of shops…[read more]
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  • Wallingford Center, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,634
  • Taking time off from work to enjoy where you live is a must, and this fact is definitely true living in Wallingford Center. No matter your background, demographic, or lifestyle choice, you will find a…[read more]
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  • Sherwood Manor, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,228
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  • Shelton, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 40,979
  • All in all, Shelton, CT, isn't that bad of a place to live. It is a town with a population of around 40,000, and like any town of that size it will have its ups and downs. I lived here for several years…[read more]
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  • Trumbull, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 36,477
  • Trumbull is a very small town that is extremely expensive to live in. The school systems are amazing and it is very friendly. It is in a nice location if you need to commute. But, there is absolutely…[read more]
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  • Milford city, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 52,005
  • My favorite thing to do in Milford, CT is taking my family to the beach. The best areas in Milford are Long Island Sound and Walnut beaches because they offer the perfect scenery for sightseers like…[read more]
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  • Windsor Locks, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,537
  • When I was a kid, my family lived in Windsor Locks, CT for about 14 years, and I've always been a big fan of the town. Although I now live two towns away, I still travel through Windsor Locks regularly. …[read more]
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  • Thompsonville, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,873
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  • Branford Center, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,360
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  • Oakville, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,133
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  • Torrington, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 35,227
  • Living in the city of Torrington is a nice place to live for it has low crime rates, a lot of local amenities, and sunny weather. Torrington has a lot of close ranged amenities such as: grocery stores,…[read more]
73
  • Pawcatuck, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,141
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  • Bethel, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,541
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  • Manchester, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,364
  • I actually like Manchester. It's definitely a working-class community; however, the city is undergoing some renovations which is really bringing some curb appeal to the downtown area. One of the best…[read more]
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  • Bristol, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 60,437
  • Many people might not think to visit a city like Bristol, CT. It's a city that is quiet and doesn't have a reputation as a vacation getaway. It is however an excellent place to visit or live. I had a…[read more]
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  • Conning Towers Nautilus Park, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,606
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  • Danbury, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 83,890
  • Danbury is one of Connecticut's hidden gems. Once a town and now a bustling city with plenty to do and to see. Not to mention, you can head back and forth from Grand Central from Danbury, taking…[read more]
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  • East Haven, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 29,015
  • I absolutely love living in East Haven! I live in a condo in the section of Momauguin in East Haven, which is remotely close to the shore. The other sections of East Haven include the Foxon area, which…[read more]
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  • Groton, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,240
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  • Naugatuck, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 31,625
  • Naugatuck is a horrible town to live in is worse than New York City 5 boroughs all together. We moved from Bedford hills NY because life has treated me bad in NY no luck in catching a good job with a…[read more]
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  • Derby, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,755
  • Living in Derby is an interesting experience. We are known as the smallest city in the state, and the name is fitting. We have all the amenities that you'd see in a city, but all the community tightness…[read more]
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  • Storrs, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,059
  • I experienced a terrific stay while living in Storrs Connecticut. The city is located in the district of Tolland County. Storrs is close to Portland and West Hartford Connecticut. The quaint college town…[read more]
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  • Stamford, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 127,410
  • Parking is the worst. They think they are NY City. Will give you a ticket even if you park at a spot for one minute. Don’t visit this town...Definetively not a city. There is nothing to see…[read more]
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  • New Milford, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,080
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  • Norwalk, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 87,930
  • I spent four days on vacation in September 09 in the city of Norwalk, Connecticut with my husband and we had a great time. Norwalk is located on the Long Island Sound and it's a great place to relax and…[read more]
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  • Stafford Springs, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,044
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  • Terryville, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,431
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  • Southwood Acres, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,785
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  • West Haven, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 54,972
  • West Haven was a great place to live and I enjoyed the years I spent there. Quaint and on the small side, West Haven offers a slower pace than some of the larger surrounding areas. The shoreline is…[read more]
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  • Norwich, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 40,057
  • Even though Norwich, Connecticut is small, it's packed with history and fun things to do, which is why I love it! Norwich has quite a few fun museums, historical sites, and pleasant walks you can take.…[read more]
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  • Willimantic, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,339
  • As a former Military family, we have lived all across this great United States and abroad. I know my commanding officer still cannot believe that I ended up in a small town like Willimantic, but I always…[read more]
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  • East Hartford, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 50,834
  • As a lifelong resident of East Hartford, CT, I'm used to a slower pace of life than you would find in a bustling metropolis such as New York or Los Angeles. That isn't to say East Hartford isn't a one…[read more]
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  • Meriden, CT
  • (City)
  • Population: 60,203
  • The company I work for opened a new store in the Chamberlin plaza here and I was nominated to go for the opening to oversee. I was excited about going to Connecticut because I have never been. I stayed…[read more]

Connecticut: Finding the Perfect Spot

There’s a reason why 3.6 million people love calling Connecticut home. For some, it may be the lure of living close to nature or relaxing by the shore. For others, Connecticut may mean big opportunities with some of the state’s leading financial firms. Whatever the reason, one thing is clear - The Constitution State simply has the culture, landscape, and opportunity that other states seem to lack. If you’re thinking about calling Connecticut home, one of these top places might be the perfect spot.

Connecticut is located on the eastern (Atlantic Ocean) coast of the U.S., and is bordered by the other U.S. states of New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. The state capital is Hartford, and its most populous city is Bridgeport. Located in what’s called the Tri-State Area with Massachusetts and New York, Connecticut is the fourth most densely populated state in the country.

Connecticut boasts dramatic geographic extremes: the highest point in the state is Mount Frissell, on the northern border with Massachusetts, while towns on Connecticut’s southern coast have areas that are less than 20 feet above sea level. While Connecticut has no direct oceanfront, the state has a long maritime history, a tradition that continues today. Connecticut is bordered on the south by Long Island Sound, and the Connecticut River flows through the center of the state. Winters can be chilly here, but summer highs reach into the upper 80s.

Connecticut oozes culture, style, and sophistication. Some of the nation’s top schools - Yale University and the University of Connecticut - are located here, as are some of the nation’s leading medical centers. Hartford Hospital and Stamford Hospital perform cutting-edge medical research and continue to develop innovative ways to treat patients. Spending time on the coast is a big draw here, but nothing really comes cheap in Connecticut, so be prepared to loosen the purse strings. But even if you base yourself in one of Connecticut’s urban centers, nature is never far away - it’s easy to visit some of the state’s most beautiful parks, the coast, or quaint country villages in an hour. It’s this mix of nature, top-notch education and healthcare, and a leading financial industry that really turn on the appeal for Connecticut. Some of Connecticut’s trendiest towns are also the quietest, where it’s possible to sample new haute cuisine in an intimate, high-class setting. Many restaurants here develop top-notch seafood dishes that are inspired by Connecticut’s southern coast.

With an abundance of great cities and neighborhoods, finding the perfect spot to settle down in Connecticut isn’t easy. We’ll give you a head start as these cities are our top picks for the best places to live in Connecticut. To further customize your list of the best places to live in Connecticut, you can also specify your search radius, population size, home/rent budget and what metrics (amenities, crime, cost of living, education, employment, housing, and weather) are most critical to your decision.