Waterbury, CT

Population: 109,211 livability score shield

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  • Waterbury has a Livability Score of 56/100, which is considered poor
  • Waterbury crime rates are 73% higher than the Connecticut average
  • Cost of living in Waterbury is 15% lower than the Connecticut average
  • Waterbury real estate prices are 52% lower than the Connecticut average
  • Rental prices in Waterbury are 17% lower than the Connecticut average

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      Waterbury, CT

      Waterbury, Connecticut is affectionately nicknamed "The Brass City." This is due to the leading industrial impact the city had in making brassware during the 20th century. It sits on the Naugatuck River and is within a 30 minute drive to Hartford. It is only 77 miles from New York City as well. Waterbury is home to around 110,000 people and is actually the fifth largest in Connecticut.

      There are many neighborhoods throughout Waterbury, full of diverse individuals. Downtown Waterbury feels as if you are stepping back in time with historical homes and restoration efforts galore. Plot Hill is another great neighborhood that boasts about its Italian-American heritage. Other safe neighborhoods in Waterbury include those such as Long Hill, Waterville and South Hill. There are many other neighborhoods throughout the city as well, however.

      Housing costs are only slightly more expensive in Waterbury than in the national average. They are actually almost half as inexpensive as other housing in Connecticut, however. The average price of purchasing a home in Waterbury is only around $125,000. The average price, on the lower end, of an apartment is only $750 a month. There are more affluent homes and apartments that are available, however.

      Waterbury also boasts some of the least expensive grocery and health costs in New England. The prices are lower than those found both in Connecticut and in the rest of the country as a whole. Utility costs are much higher than the rest of the country, however, while slightly higher than the rest of the state. On average, a household spends around $400 every month on utilities.

      Transportation costs, though higher than the national average, are lower than the rest of Connecticut. There are many public transportation offerings to assist you in your commutes. There are city buses that run via the CT Transit through Exchange Place. There is also a railroad called the Metro-North Railroad that can connect you to Bridgeport and New York City just to name a few locations.

      There are truly entertainment options available fr everyone in Waterbury. History can be appreciated through the Mattatuck Museum Arts and History Center. Timexpo can teach you more about the brass work the city engaged in. Downtown Waterbury boasts some of the best shopping and Seven Angels Theatre fr children. There are also outdoor activities such as ski resorts and Fulton Park with many recreational facilities.

      Waterbury is a fairly inexpensive town to live in when compared to many other cities in New England. It offers beautiful views throughout with historical charm. It also offers short commutes to major cities throughout New England including New York City. Waterbury truly offers something for everyone to ensure that you and every member of your family will be happy after moving.

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      Waterbury is made up of several sections
      Waterbury is broken down into sections. While some areas you sould avoid at any cost there are several areas that have what I will describe as small town charm. I live in the Bunker Hill section of town which borders Watertown/Oakville. I have great neighbors and it's a quiet area. Also everything my family needs is nearby. The city has many shops and downtown is being revitalized. So if you plan on moving to the area just look around the edges of town.
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      Horrible place to live
      I am originally from new york city i was moved out here in january 2018 . the community i moved into looks nice outside of it looks like the bronx in the 80s abandoned and full of drug addicts too much deaths and violence occurring on the constant its not safe for children. My son is 5 and has been depressed since we moved here theres no fun things to do for the. Children all they have is a library and ymca and 1 chuckee cheese in all of waterbury that is broken down half the time and packed its depressing here its not the place for children teens and young adults its best for the old retired and rehablitating drug addicts i want ouy of waterbury so bad is like a horror film it brings the sad and bad out of you
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      stay away from this city
      This is not a friendly town. Dirty and crime filled. My car was stolen from the local mall the first night we went out. I was told that the only way I was getting it back was if it was pulled over, that there are so many cars taken nightly that they don't even bother looking for them. The streets were dirty and run down. The town green was filled with gang types and homeless people. I would say avoid this city at all cost. I never did get my car back by the way. It was found two blocks from the mall just a frame on blocks.
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      Waterbury, CT - Go See Brass City
      I spent a week in August 2008 visiting an old college friend in Waterbury, aka Brass City. I was very excited about my first time in Connecticut! To save time and hassle, I picked the Courtyard Waterbury Downtown hotel and made reservations online. I spent the first evening relaxing in the room relaxing and refreshing from the plane ride. Upon arrival, the rooms were clean, comfortable, and well appointed. Very impressive!

      During my week in the city of Waterbury, I visited St. Anne's Church, The Timex Group Museum, and saw a show at the Palace Theater. The architecture of St Anne's is breathtaking. I could have spent days looking at the stained glass windows alone. I wish I had more than a week to explore the city, as there seemed to be many other worthy attractions worth visiting in Waterbury. I spent much of my time in Waterbury afoot and exploring. There were a couple times I found myself lost, but the locals kindly pointed me in the right direction. Gino's Appiza restaurant on Wolcott St. cannot be beat in taste, selection, and service. I'd visit Westbury again just to enjoy a slice of their tomato and garlic pizza!
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      Source: The Waterbury, CT data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).