Rating the Towns 2013: Median Home Sale price $225,000-$299,999

Those searching for towns with low crime, quality public schools and vibrant culture but not willing or able to pay the hefty price of living in one of the state’s most expensive towns have plenty of options in this group.

There's a good deal of geographic diversity here. While the top seven towns in the top home value group are all in Fairfield County, going a bracket down in home value leads to four of the state’s eight counties—Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex and Tolland—being represented in the top eight. 

Simsbury, with the best public schools and second-highest voter turnout in the group, landed in the top spot, with Glastonbury and Granby—two other towns with excellent public schools—following in the top three. 

Those who put more emphasis on culture and leisure might consider the up-and-coming scene in West Hartford or the coastal amenities of Stonington.

1. Simsbury

population 23,528
crime rate 783.8
2012 graduation rate 95.6
2013 median sale price $280,000
equalized mill rate 21.35
PIC rating 208.58
2013 best restaurants awards 2
voter turnout 87.73

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2. Glastonbury

3. Granby

4. Bridgewater

population 34,454
crime rate 1098.1
2012 graduation rate 95.9
2013 median sale price $283,000
equalized mill rate 21.06
PIC rating 209.42
2013 best restaurants awards 1
voter turnout 85.08

population 11,291
crime rate 1008.5
2012 graduation rate 97.4
2013 median sale price $247,500
equalized mill rate 21.33
PIC rating 224.46
2013 best restaurants awards 0
voter turnout 86.22

population 1,716
crime rate 623.7
2012 graduation rate 85.1
2013 median sale price $270,000
equalized mill rate 11.24
PIC rating 145.83
2013 best restaurants awards 0
voter turnout 94.75

5. Goshen

6. Durham

7. Tolland

population 2,957
crime rate 527.6
2012 graduation rate 96.6
2013 median sale price $275,000
equalized mill rate 11.38
PIC rating 193.77
2013 best restaurants awards 0
voter turnout 82.1

population 7,403
crime rate 472.3
2012 graduation rate 97.2
2013 median sale price $293,500
equalized mill rate 19.19
PIC rating 223.67
2013 best restaurants awards 0
voter turnout 79.6

population 15,031
crime rate 642.2
2012 graduation rate 96.5
2013 median sale price $234,750
equalized mill rate 20.35
PIC rating 225.4
2013 best restaurants awards 0
voter turnout 82.97

8. Bethany

9. Somers

10. Warren

population 5,554
crime rate 903.4
2012 graduation rate 96.3
2013 median sale price $290,000
equalized mill rate 19.63
PIC rating 213.65
2013 best restaurants awards 0
voter turnout 81.35

population 11,433
crime rate 491.8
2012 graduation rate 95.8
2013 median sale price $279,000
equalized mill rate 14.45
PIC rating 238.1
2013 best restaurants awards 0
voter turnout 77.3

population 1,453
crime rate 1285.9
2012 graduation rate 96.6
2013 median sale price $288,500
equalized mill rate 9.01
PIC rating 169.21
2013 best restaurants awards 0
voter turnout 83.9

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Rating the Towns 2013: Median Home Sale price $225,000-$299,999

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