Rating the Towns 2011: 25,000-50,000

 

During the last couple of years, a pair of interlopers migrated up from the next smallest population group and landed smack in the Top 10 of this one. Farmington nudged out Glastonbury to take the No. 2 spot, largely on the basis of excellent schools, a healthy local economy and lots of things to see and do. And Mansfield, where the University of Connecticut’s main campus is located (in the community of Storrs), enters this group at No. 7, with a low crime rate and good schools (its SAT scores are second only to Westport here).

After the top three, there’s a fair drop to Newtown at No. 4, and then incremental jockeying around after that. Among those towns dropping are Branford, from No. 6 last time to No. 10, largely due to a worse crime ranking; New Milford, down to No. 8 from No. 5 because of a slightly worse showing in the education category; and Shelton, whose scores dropped from above average to quite average across the board as it traveled down from No. 11 to No. 18.

As we’ve pointed out before, sometimes the rankings don’t quite do justice to the tremendous disparity between two positions. In cost of living, for instance, Westport’s 2011 median price of $1,074,000 for a house sale is larger than the combined median selling prices of the next three overall finishers, Farmington, Glastonbury and Newtown—and they’re not exactly known for their bargains.

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

Town
Education
Crime
Economy
Cost
Leisure
Total
1. Westport
1
5
1
26
1
34
2. Farmington
2
10
2
21
2
37
3. Glastonbury
3
3
4
23
5
38
4. Newtown
6
1
3
25
13
48
5. Cheshire
4
2
7
22
15
50
6. Wallingford
14
7
12
15
6
54
7. Mansfield
8
4
17
14
11
54
8. New milford
11
6
8
18
12
55
9. Trumbull
5
9
6
24
16
60
10. Branford
13
17.5
5
19
7
61.5
11. South Windsor
7
8
10
17
23
65
12. Wethersfield
9
14
16
13
14
66
13. Groton
17
20
14
12
4
67
14. Windsor
23
12
15
9
10
69
15. Southington
10
16
11
16
19
72
16. Newington
12
22
13
8
17
72
17. Middletown
19
21
19
11
3
73
18. Shelton
15
13
9
20
21
78
19. Norwich
21
25
24
1
8
79
20. Enfield
16
17.5
18
5
24
80.5
21. Vernon
18
15
21
7
22
83
22. Torrington
22
19
22
4
18
85
23. Naugatuck
20
11
23
6
26
86
24. New london
26
26
25
3
9
89
25. Windham
25
24
26
2
20
97
26. East Haven
24
23
20
10
25
102

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: 25,000-50,000

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