Rating the Towns 2013: Rating the Cities

Thanks largely to thriving local economies, good local schools and relatively low crime rates, Stamford and Norwalk earned the top two spots in our inaugural ratings of the state’s eight biggest cities. 

It’s probably not a coincidence that Stamford, which is growing faster population-wise than any other city in the state, earned the top spot. 

The City That Works is the state’s hub for financial services jobs, with UBS and RBS providing hundreds of high-paying jobs downtown. NBC Sports recently moved its headquarters from New York, and Bridgewater Associates, a hedge fund with more than 1,000 employees, is scheduled to move to Stamford from Westport. 

Stamford also has the lowest crime rate in the group and ranks second in both culture/leisure and education. 

Norwalk, just two towns to Stamford’s east, tops the group in education and civic engagement and ranks second in economy and third in crime.

Crime Rate source: 2012 "Crime in Connecticut" report from Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. Crime rate per 100,000 people. Each box represents 5 incidents.

1. Stamford

population 125,109
2012 graduation rate 85.2
2013 median sale price $440,000
equalized mill rate 13.57
PIC rating 210.47
2013 best restaurants awards 12
voter turnout 71.6

 

2. Norwalk

population 87,190
2012 graduation rate 87.9
2013 median sale price $357,000
equalized mill rate 14.8
PIC rating 216.14
2013 best restaurants awards 15
voter turnout 78.54


 

 

3. Danbury

population 82,807
2012 graduation rate 76.8
2013 median sale price $235,000
equalized mill rate 16.15
PIC rating 241.93
2013 best restaurants awards 1
voter turnout 78.83


 

 

4. New Haven

population 130,471
2012 graduation rate 70.9
2013 median sale price $149,950
equalized mill rate 28.3
PIC rating 414.89
2013 best restaurants awards 38
voter turnout 62.48


 

 

5. Hartford

population 124,893
2012 graduation rate 64.8
2013 median sale price $124,000
equalized mill rate 34.84
PIC rating 500
2013 best restaurants awards 11
voter turnout 65.14


 

 

6 (tie) Bridgeport

population 146,425
2012 graduation rate 66.3
2013 median sale price $144,670
equalized mill rate 27.97
PIC rating 398.04
2013 best restaurants awards 5
voter turnout 52.22


 

 

6 (tie) New Britain

population 73,153
2012 graduation rate 860.8
2013 median sale price $124,000
equalized mill rate 26.7
PIC rating 410.08
2013 best restaurants awards 2
voter turnout 63.09


 

 

7. Waterbury

population 109,915
2012 graduation rate 62.6
2013 median sale price $101,516
equalized mill rate 31.15
PIC rating 438.67
2013 best restaurants awards 2
voter turnout 56.09


 

 

Click here for the full chart of the 8 cities that make up this category.

 

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Rating the Towns 2013: Rating the Cities

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