Rating the Towns 2011: 15,000-25,000

 

The top finishers in this population group enjoy the best educational test results in Connecticut, the most robust local economies, the greatest number of cultural and social amenities per capita, and most likely a wonderful feeling of security. The top 10 finishers, from Ridgefield through East Lyme, have a combined population of just under 200,000 and a minuscule average crime rate of 1.9 crimes a year per 1,000 residents. Of course, if you check out the median house price, you’ll see that they pay dearly for all that.

Several towns shifted position in and out of the Top 10. East Lyme leapfrogged both Guilford and Brookfield to grab No. 10. Farmington disappeared into the next most populous group, making way for Stonington to move all the way from No. 14 last time to No. 9. Stonington’s numbers for its schools and library were below par, but the classic coastal town makes up for that in a lot of other ways.

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

Town
Education
Crime
Economy
Cost
Leisure
Total
1. RIDGEFIELD
4
1
4
29
2
40
2. NEW CANAAN
1
4
1
31
4
41
3. AVON
5
2
5
27
3
42
4. WILTON
2
3
3
30
5
43
5. DARIEN
3
6
2
32
1
44
6. SIMSBURY
6
7
10
23
6
52
7. MADISON
7
13
6
28
7
61
8. SOUTHBURY
9.5
5
11
24
17
66.5
9. STONINGTON
21
9
9
20
8
67
10. EAST LYME
9.5
17
13
18
10
67.5
11. GUILFORD
8
19
7
25
9
68
12. TOLLAND
14
11
18
12
13
68
13. BROOKFIELD
12
10
8
26
18
74
14. ROCKY HILL
18
12
16
17
14
77
15. ELLINGTON
15
14
21
14
15
79
16. BETHEL
16
8
15
21
21
81
17. WATERFORD
19
29
14
8
12
82
18. MONROE
11
15
12
22
24
84
19. COLCHESTER
24
16
23
13
16
92
20. LEDYARD
20
18
24
9
22
93
21. SUFFIELD
13
24
19
19
20
95
22. BERLIN
17
26
20
16
19
98
23. NORTH HAVEN
22
25
17
15
23
102
24. WATERTOWN
28
23
22
7
25
105
25. BLOOMFIELD
32
32
29
4
11
108
26. MONTVILLE
27
22
25
3
31
108
27. PLAINFIELD
29
20
31
2
28
110
28. WOLCOTT
23
21
26
11
32
113
29. PLAINVILLE
25
31
28
6
27
117
30. KILLINGLY
30
30
30
1
26
117
31. SEYMOUR
26
27
27
10
29
119
32. ANSONIA
31
28
32
5
30
126

HOW TO READ THE CHART
The chart at right shows the 26 Connecticut towns with populations between 25,000 and 50,000. The best possible rating in any category is 1 and the worst is 26. Remember: Low scores are good. Ties were broken in favor of the town with the higher voter turnout.

This article appeared in the November 2011 issue of Connecticut Magazine

Rating the Towns 2011: 15,000-25,000

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