Rating the Towns 2013: Median Home Sale price $300,000 and up

Just about every town among those with the highest median property values offers minuscule crime rates, world-class public schools and a thriving local economy. Of course, residents of some of these towns pay dearly for those characteristics. Median property values in four towns (Darien, New Canaan, Greenwich and Westport) were more than $1 million in the first half of 2013.

Because we're comparing towns with relatively similar median home values this year, we left cost of living out of the ratings formula. But median home value is supplied in the breakout boxes we've included in print for the top 10 towns--and online at connecticutmag.com for every town--so it's well worth taking a look at.

Interestingly, though, the most expensive towns didn't fall neatly into the top of our ratings. Ridgefield, which has the eighth-highest median home value, edged out Darien and New Canaan for the No. 1 spot, thanks to the lowest crime rate and highest voter turnout in the group.

1. Ridgefield

population 24,885
crime rate 357.1
2012 graduation rate 98.2
2013 median sale price $605,000
equalized mill rate 15.45
PIC rating 141.79
2013 best restaurants awards 4
voter turnout 89.42

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2. Darien

3. New Canaan

4. Wilton

population 20,942
crime rate 493.5
2012 graduation rate 96.5
2013 median sale price $1,325,000
equalized mill rate 8.75
PIC rating 45.14
2013 best restaurants awards 1
voter turnout 84.17

population 19,938
crime rate 665.1
2012 graduation rate 97
2013 median sale price $1,173,750
equalized mill rate 10.28
PIC rating 38.08
2013 best restaurants awards 0
voter turnout 82.61

population 18,242
crime rate 516.4
2012 graduation rate 98.1
2013 median sale price $756,500
equalized mill rate 15.81
PIC rating 129.84
2013 best restaurants awards 4
voter turnout 85.57

5. Greenwich

6. Weston

7. Westport

population 61,782
crime rate 607
2012 graduation rate 92.3
2013 median sale price $1,145,700
equalized mill rate 6.69
PIC rating 21.74
2013 best restaurants awards 10
voter turnout 81.93

population 10,281
crime rate 406.4
2012 graduation rate 99.5
2013 median sale price $763,000
equalized mill rate 17.66
PIC rating 107.09
2013 best restaurants awards 0
voter turnout 81.28

population 26,656
crime rate 1219.3
2012 graduation rate 97.9
2013 median sale price $1,125,000
equalized mill rate 10.95
PIC rating 64.54
2013 best restaurants awards 16
voter turnout 81.7

8. Essex

9. Washington

10. Madison

population 6,698
crime rate 452
2012 graduation rate 91.9
2013 median sale price $326,000
equalized mill rate 12
PIC rating 162.3
2013 best restaurants awards 1
voter turnout 83.62

population 3,557
crime rate 712.4
2012 graduation rate 85.1
2013 median sale price $600,000
equalized mill rate 8.16
PIC rating 142.4
2013 best restaurants awards 1
voter turnout 88.35

population 18,239
crime rate 626.8
2012 graduation rate 96.7
2013 median sale price $410,000
equalized mill rate 14.68
PIC rating 180.57
2013 best restaurants awards 1
voter turnout 78.04

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Rating the Towns 2013: Median Home Sale price $300,000 and up

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