These Are The 10 Most Expensive Places In Connecticut To Raise A Family

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by Chris Kolmar
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There are some parts of the country where your dollar goes further. For example, a steak dinner in New Haven costs less than a steak dinner in San Francisco.

And the cost of living can have a big impact on how far your hard earned salary stretches for you and your family. So if you have a choice in where you can live for your job, the cost of living can play a big part.

That’s where Zippia comes in; to show you the places that would eat up a big part of your paycheck on expenses — the San Franciscos of the world if you will. Where housing is expensive and day care will put you back a pretty penny.

These are the places in Connecticut where the cost of living is actually higher than the national average because, for the most part, Connecticut isn’t all that expensive.

After we crunched all the numbers, we were left with this set of the most expensive places to raise a family in the Nutmeg State:

  1. North Haven
  2. Simsbury Center
  3. Glastonbury Center
  4. Branford Center
  5. West Hartford
  6. Cheshire Village
  7. Conning Towers Nautilus Park
  8. Somers
  9. Berlin
  10. Mansfield

Read on to see how we determined the places that try to keep up with the Joneses a little too much.

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How we determined the least affordable places to live in the Nutmeg State

There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Connecticut to figure out which is the most expensive.

What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States. And lucky for us, Sperling’s Best Places has such an index for us.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 70 places in Connecticut that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 120 means it’s 20% more expensive.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

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1. North Haven

Most Expensive Places To Raise A Family In Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,037

2. Simsbury Center

Most Expensive Places To Raise A Family In Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,068

3. Glastonbury Center

Most Expensive Places To Raise A Family In Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,544

4. Branford Center

Most Expensive Places To Raise A Family In Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,414

5. West Hartford

Most Expensive Places To Raise A Family In Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 63,157

6. Cheshire Village

Most Expensive Places To Raise A Family In Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,207

7. Conning Towers Nautilus Park

Most Expensive Places To Raise A Family In Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,913

8. Somers

Most Expensive Places To Raise A Family In Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,805

9. Berlin

Most Expensive Places To Raise A Family In Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,866

10. Mansfield

Most Expensive Places To Raise A Family In Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,543

Full List Of Most Expensive Places In Connecticut

City Population Expensive Score Rank
North Haven 24,037 46.83 1
Simsbury Center 6,068 46.83 2
Glastonbury Center 7,544 47.17 3
Branford Center 6,414 47.5 4
West Hartford 63,157 47.67 5
Cheshire Village 5,207 47.83 6
Conning Towers Nautilus Park 9,913 48.17 7
Somers 1,805 48.17 8
Berlin 8,862 48.67 9
Mansfield 14,031 48.83 10
Wethersfield 26,670 49.17 11
Watertown 3,641 49.5 12
Watertown 3,641 49.5 13
Portland 5,911 49.83 14
Wallingford Center 18,164 49.83 15
East Haven 29,188 50.17 16
Newington 30,520 50.17 17
Middletown 47,530 50.83 18
Oakville 9,005 51 19
Groton 9,734 51 20
New Haven 129,898 51.33 20
Sherwood Manor 5,317 51.83 22
Southwood Acres 7,920 51.83 22
Naugatuck 31,795 51.83 22
Waterford 2,798 52.33 25
Bristol 60,502 52.33 27
Windsor Locks 12,500 52.67 28
Terryville 5,265 52.83 29
Norwich 40,322 53 30
Meriden 60,674 53.17 31
Thompsonville 8,883 53.17 32
New London 27,613 53.5 33
Manchester 30,431 53.5 33
Darien 20,758 53.5 36
Old Greenwich 6,622 53.5 37
Riverside 8,829 54.17 38
East Hartford 51,171 54.33 39
Westport 26,516 54.5 40
Winsted 7,563 54.33 40
Rockville 7,666 54.67 42
Cos Cob 6,605 54.5 43
Greenwich 12,960 54.5 43
Torrington 36,239 54.83 46
Hartford 124,879 55 47
Ridgefield 7,935 55 48
New Britain 73,122 54.83 49
Stamford 122,878 55 50
Willimantic 17,281 55.33 50
Waterbury 110,074 55.17 52
Trumbull 36,008 55.5 53
Norwalk 85,853 55.33 54
Orange 13,919 55.33 55
Shelton 39,641 55.67 56
Milford 51,115 55.83 56
Danbury 81,057 56 58
Bethel 9,028 56.17 58
Stratford 51,440 56.33 60
Ansonia 19,188 56.5 61
New Milford 6,302 57 62
Derby 12,858 57.83 63
West Haven 55,386 59 63
Bridgeport 144,446 60.33 63
Pawcatuck 5,836 60.5 66
Brooklyn 931 61.17 67
Putnam 7,321 61.5 69

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