Rating the Towns 2009: Cities 10,000-15,000

 

Where is the good life in Connecticut? It's just about everywhere if you go by the results seen in this population group, where towns from six different counties (Old Saybrook/Middlesex, Weston/Fairfield, Granby/Hartford, Tolland/Tolland, Orange/New Haven, Ledyard/New London) finished in the top eight spots.

Old Saybrook holds on to its No. 1 position by virtue of its good schools, low crime rate, sturdy local economy and leisure activities that are unusually numerous for a town of its size (to which they've just added a new performing arts center).

Second-place finisher Weston would be very hard to beat were it not for that median house price of $830,000-even though that figure represents a drop of $135,000 from the last time we conducted this survey.

Speaking of which, it is almost shocking to see how far house prices have fallen since 2006 in some of these towns. Old Saybrook's median dropped from $390,000 to $289,000, New Fairfield went from $396,000 to $307,000 and Ledyard sank to $225,000 from $266,000, to name a few examples. Elsewhere, Colchester improved in every category, but especially Crime, to move up from No. 18 to No. 12; conversely, Ellington had worse numbers across the board as it dropped from No. 5 last time to No. 14; neighboring Tolland, meanwhile, made a nice move from No. 8 up to No. 4.

                                                                             
Overall
Rank
Town
  Education
Crime
Economy
Cost
Leisure
Total
Score
1
Old Saybrook
6
5
2
19
1
33
2
Weston
1
1
1
23
8
34
3
Granby
2
6
6
18
6
38
4
Tolland
9
4
10
14
10
47
5
New Fairfield
5
2
3
21
17
48
6
Orange
3
18
4
22
3
50
7
Suffield
4
17
5
13
13
52
8
Ledyard
13.5
7
16
10
7
53.5
9
Somers
8
9
9
20
9
55
10
Clinton
13.5
16
7
17
2
55.5
11
Cromwell
12
19
12
9
5
57
12
Colchester
15
10
13
11
11
60
13
North Branford
16
8
11
15
12
62
14*
East Hampton
10
3
18
12
20
63
14*
Ellington
7
11
15
16
14
63
16
Stafford
11
12
19
5
19
66
17*
Coventry
17
13
14
8
16
68
17*
Windsor Locks
21
21
8
3
15
68
19
Derby
23
23
22
6
4
78
20
Plainfield
22
14
20
1
23
80
21
Griswold
20
15
17
7
22
81
22*
Plymouth
19
20
23
4
18
84
22*
Winchester
18
22
21
2
21
84

*tie 

HOW TO READ THE CHART
The chart above represents the 23 Connecticut cities with population over 50,000. The comparisons are made only with other towns in this group. The best possible rating in any category is 1 and the worst is 23.
Remember: Low scores are good, high ones are bad.

                                   

Rating the Towns 2009: Cities 10,000-15,000

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