Rating the Towns 2013: Median Home Sale price up to $174,999

Looking for a home on a budget of $175,000 or less? Several of the best options are near the Massachusetts border. 

With the lowest crime rate, the highest-ranked public schools and the third-most robust local economy in the group, Colebrook edged out Cornwall—another town in the Northwest Corner—for the top spot in this group. 

Thompson, the state’s northeastern-most town, is also near the top of the list, as is Stafford, also on the state line in Tolland County. 

This group does have some geographic diversity, though. If you’re interested in an affordable town along the shoreline, you might consider Westbrook, which ranks second in civic engagement, second in economic success and third in education. 

1. Colebrook

population 1,476
crime rate 451
2012 graduation rate 93.2
2013 median sale price $135,000
equalized mill rate 18.65
PIC rating 216.59
2013 best restaurants awards 0
voter turnout 78.58

photo by Laurie Gaboardi

 

2. Cornwall

3. Westbrook

4 (tie) Thompson

population 1,412
crime rate 1188.9
2012 graduation rate 94.3
2013 median sale price $148,750
equalized mill rate 9.75
PIC rating 149.16
2013 best restaurants awards 0
voter turnout 83.52

population 6,954
crime rate 738.8
2012 graduation rate 91.5
2013 median sale price $162,500
equalized mill rate 12.22
PIC rating 201.52
2013 best restaurants awards 1
voter turnout 81.3

population 9,435
crime rate 812.1
2012 graduation rate 85.1
2013 median sale price $122,000
equalized mill rate 14.43
PIC rating 261.47
2013 best restaurants awards 0
voter turnout 76.19

4 (tie) North Stonington

4 (tie) Stafford

7. Scotland

population 5,287
crime rate 1387
2012 graduation rate 87
2013 median sale price $172,000
equalized mill rate 15.08
PIC rating 221.68
2013 best restaurants awards 0
voter turnout 72.2

population 12,072
crime rate 738.3
2012 graduation rate 88
2013 median sale price $141,250
equalized mill rate 18.37
PIC rating 269.47
2013 best restaurants awards 0
voter turnout 76.38

population 1,722
crime rate 915.2
2012 graduation rate 95.2
2013 median sale price $118,750
equalized mill rate 20.88
PIC rating 244.4
2013 best restaurants awards 0
voter turnout 75.49

8. Willington

9. Enfield

10. Sprague

population 6,033
crime rate 573
2012 graduation rate 87.2
2013 median sale price $169,250
equalized mill rate 16.45
PIC rating 235.83
2013 best restaurants awards 0
voter turnout 76.71

population 44,686
crime rate 1783.2
2012 graduation rate 85.2
2013 median sale price $158,250
equalized mill rate 16.08
PIC rating 258.52
2013 best restaurants awards 0
voter turnout 68.95

population 2,978
crime rate 1149.1
2012 graduation rate 86
2013 median sale price $123,000
equalized mill rate 16.39
PIC rating 307.74
2013 best restaurants awards 0
voter turnout 79.46

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Rating the Towns 2013: Median Home Sale price up to $174,999

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