Time has come once again to examine how the various cities and towns in Connecticut stack up against each other in categories that seem to be important to home buyers: crime, education, leisure and culture, civic engagement and economy.

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…

Easton is part of the Fairfield County you don’t hear too much about—and that’s probably just the way they like it. It’s a bit off the beaten path, so crime is not a problem. Its public schools (it shares a high school, Joel Barlow, with No. 4 Redding) are very good, with test scores among t…

Chester and Deep River are neighbors, located along the western bank of the lower Connecticut River, just as it begins to widen for its union with Long Island Sound. Both towns offer many riverine charms, as well as good schools and low crime rates. In the three years since these rankings we…

With just over 2,000 residents at large across its 34.5 square miles, Lyme is one of Connecticut’s most sparsely populated towns. It’s one of its most beautiful, too, with plenty of frontage on the Connecticut River, salt marshes galore, and the utterly charming Hamburg Cove right in its mid…