Rating the Towns 2012: 6,500-10,000

 

Neighboring Easton and Redding sit atop this population group like conjoined twins, sharing the Aspetuck River, Route 58, Joel Barlow High School and many of the sweet rewards that come with life in the back hills of Fairfield County. Both towns enjoy excellent school test results, with scores among the best in Connecticut, joblessness is well below the state average and crime is not a problem. On the other hand, check out the boxes on the opposite page and you’ll notice it takes $580,000 to buy a typical house in Redding, and over $600,000 in Easton.

Much more affordable is the No. 4 finisher, New Hartford in northeastern Litchfield County, where the median house can be had for less than half of what it costs in Easton/Redding, and where the schools are very good, the library is first-rate and, perhaps most impressively, the voter turnout for the 2008 presidential election was 94.8 percent, the best in the state.

Three of the towns in the Top 10—New Hartford, Middlebury and Killingworth—were in the next smaller population group when we last did these calculations two years ago. The move into a larger group often improves a town’s crime ranking, as it did with Middlebury and New Hartford. Moving down to accommodate the newbies are Haddam, dropping to No. 13 from No. 8, Durham from No. 9 to No. 16, and Lebanon, which tumbled from No. 7 last time all the way down to No. 21.

Click Here to see the stats for the Top 10 Towns.

Town
Education
Crime
Economy
Cost
Leisure
Total
1. Easton
1
5
2
24
6
38
2. Redding
2
3
1
23
10.5
39.5
3. Old Lyme
5
11
3
21
4
44
4. New Hartford
6
8
16
8
9
47
5. Middlebury
4
14
11
14
5
48
6. Litchfield
8
20
9
10
2
49
7. Essex
9
18
4
20
1
52
8. Hebron
7
2
17
11
16
53
9. Woodbury
15
6
6
19
8
54
10. Killingworth
11.5
4
8
18
13
54.5
11. Woodbridge
3
22
5
22
3
55
12. Woodstock
18
1
14
6
23
62
13. Haddam
11.5
10
13
13
15
62.5
14. Burlington
10
9
10
16
18
63
15. Portland
14
17
20
5
7
63
16. Durham
13
13
15
17
10.5
68.5
17. Prospect
20
7
19
9
17
72
18. Westbrook
17
21
7
15
12
72
19. East Haddam
16
19
12
12
19
78
20. Thompson
23
12
21
2
20
78
21. Lebanon
19
15
18
7
22
81
22. Thomaston
21
23
22
3
14
83
23. Brooklyn
22
16
24
4
24
90
24. Putnam
24
24
23
1
21
93

HOW TO READ THE CHART
The chart at right shows the 24 Connecticut towns with populations between 6,500 and 10,000. The best possible rating in any category is 1 and the worst is 24. Remember: Low scores are good. Ties were broken in favor of the town with the higher voter turnout.

For the Towns with Population 10,000 and up, click here

This article appeared in the March 2012 issue of Connecticut Magazine

Rating the Towns 2012: 6,500-10,000

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