These Are The 10 Happiest Places In Connecticut

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings - 3 years ago
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There’s a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search — the search for happiness.

And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into the most recent census data to help you identify which places in Connecticut have the biggest smile of them all.

On our happy data journey, we settled on seven criteria to help determine which Connecticut places are the happiest. The criteria include things like having insurance, owning a home, and having a job.

As it turns out, life is all rainbows and butterflies in Simsbury Center, the happiest place in Connecticut.

Don’t start feeling sad, there’s plenty of happy to go around as life is still pretty sweet in the following “Happiest Places in the Constitution State”:

  1. Simsbury Center
  2. Kensington
  3. Cheshire Village
  4. North Haven
  5. Glastonbury Center
  6. Orange
  7. Southwood Acres
  8. Newington
  9. Old Greenwich
  10. Wethersfield
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There’s Nothing We’d Rather Do Than Measure Happiness In The Constitution State

There’s a bunch of different studies out there that try to measure what makes people truly happy. And while we all know that money doesn’t buy happiness, it definitely removes anxieties and helps keep you healthy. It’s just that anything past about $70,000 a year doesn’t help as much.

So what else besides money contributes to your happiness? Well we think the following certainly do:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Having a job (As measured by the unemployment rate)
  • A short commute to work (God do people hate traffic)
  • Low cost of living
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)
  • Owning a home (That’s a big plus)
  • And the poverty rate (Money definitely helps out)

That’s a ton of fun — and happiness — for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 60 places in Connecticut with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 60 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place with the lowest overall Index being crowned “Happiest Place In Connecticut”.

Read on for more happy information about the top ten or skip to the end to see a list of how every places in Connecticut ranked. Our apologies to Trumbull which ranked 11th overall and just missed the list.

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1. Simsbury Center


Population: 5,843 People Who Own Their Home: 81.0%
Married Adults: 61.6%

2. Kensington


Population: 9,492 People Who Own Their Home: 82.8%
Married Adults: 56.3%

3. Cheshire Village

Cheshire Village - Happiest Connecticut

Source: Google Maps

Population: 5,264 People Who Own Their Home: 76.8%
Married Adults: 61.4%

4. North Haven


Population: 23,997 People Who Own Their Home: 81.6%
Married Adults: 58.6%

5. Glastonbury Center


Population: 7,418 People Who Own Their Home: 63.6%
Married Adults: 50.6%

6. Orange


Population: 13,947 People Who Own Their Home: 84.0%
Married Adults: 62.7%

7. Southwood Acres


Population: 8,060 People Who Own Their Home: 85.7%
Married Adults: 58.8%

8. Newington


Population: 30,652 People Who Own Their Home: 79.8%
Married Adults: 52.3%

9. Old Greenwich


Population: 6,520 People Who Own Their Home: 82.4%
Married Adults: 71.3%

10. Wethersfield


Population: 26,579 People Who Own Their Home: 75.9%
Married Adults: 53.3%

Detailed List Of Happiest Places In Connecticut

City Rank Population People Who Own Their Home Married Adults
Simsbury Center 1 5,843 81.0% 61.6%
Kensington 2 9,492 82.8% 56.3%
Cheshire Village 3 5,264 76.8% 61.4%
North Haven 4 23,997 81.6% 58.6%
Glastonbury Center 5 7,418 63.6% 50.6%
Orange 6 13,947 84.0% 62.7%
Southwood Acres 7 8,060 85.7% 58.8%
Newington 8 30,652 79.8% 52.3%
Old Greenwich 9 6,520 82.4% 71.3%
Wethersfield 10 26,579 75.9% 53.3%
Trumbull 11 36,444 86.6% 57.7%
Sherwood Manor 12 5,449 90.4% 55.0%
Riverside 13 8,682 79.4% 62.4%
Ridgefield 14 7,599 63.5% 63.0%
West Hartford 15 63,396 69.0% 51.4%
Oakville 16 9,118 69.5% 49.9%
Shelton 17 40,472 74.9% 54.7%
Windsor Locks 18 12,554 74.7% 46.1%
Westport 19 27,055 78.8% 62.3%
Darien 20 21,190 80.0% 67.9%
Milford 21 51,509 72.0% 51.2%
Cos Cob 22 6,265 69.8% 60.6%
Pawcatuck 23 5,428 51.5% 45.3%
Conning Towers Nautilus Park 24 10,130 15.1% 47.7%
Portland 25 5,634 65.6% 45.8%
Wallingford Center 26 17,824 54.5% 44.0%
East Haven 27 29,139 64.7% 44.4%
Stratford 28 52,092 75.4% 49.7%
Terryville 29 5,121 66.6% 53.4%
Bethel 30 9,471 64.5% 50.8%
Middletown 31 47,424 48.7% 38.0%
Bristol 32 60,556 62.1% 46.5%
Storrs 33 15,374 32.2% 5.2%
Naugatuck 34 31,790 61.7% 49.1%
Greenwich 35 13,221 43.4% 53.1%
Torrington 36 35,774 59.2% 47.9%
Groton 37 9,348 32.9% 37.2%
Branford Center 38 6,255 40.9% 38.4%
Norwalk 39 87,214 59.3% 48.0%
Derby 40 12,837 52.6% 44.4%
Danbury 41 82,781 54.6% 45.8%
Norwich 42 40,378 46.8% 39.7%
Meriden 43 60,616 53.0% 43.9%
Winsted 44 7,876 43.4% 48.5%
East Hartford 45 51,211 53.3% 39.7%
West Haven 46 55,290 50.1% 37.8%
Manchester 47 30,621 51.7% 39.6%
Stamford 48 125,401 50.4% 47.7%
Ansonia 49 19,128 51.3% 43.9%
Putnam 50 7,249 46.1% 40.2%
Thompsonville 51 9,021 32.3% 33.0%
Willimantic 52 17,845 31.3% 26.1%
New Britain 53 73,095 36.1% 35.1%
New Milford 54 6,568 49.2% 39.2%
New London 55 27,536 32.0% 27.2%
Rockville 56 7,348 24.4% 34.0%
Waterbury 57 109,887 39.9% 36.2%
New Haven 58 130,553 25.7% 28.6%
Hartford 59 125,211 20.1% 23.6%
Bridgeport 60 146,680 35.7% 33.5%