These Are The 10 Most Successful Cities In Connecticut

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by Chris Kolmar
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What is success? Is it the amount of money you have in your bank account, at any given point? Is it that feeling you get after delivering a killer presentation, or even a pretty decent bar joke?

Or is it something bigger–something wholly unnamable, undefinable, immeasurable, and totally subjective?

Probably so.

But here at Zippia, we like things that we can neatly measure and then expound upon. So yes, with the Power of Math, we have determined the unarguable, totally objective 10 most successful cities in Connecticut. And here they are:

  1. Shelton
  2. Milford
  3. Norwalk
  4. Danbury
  5. Middletown
  6. Stamford
  7. Bristol
  8. Torrington
  9. Naugatuck
  10. Groton

If you are trying to argue already with our unarguable list, keep reading. There’s a method to this madness.

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How We Determined The Most Successful Cities In Connecticut

The first thing that comes to most capitalist minds in terms of success is–money. After all, rich people must be successful, right?

Meh. Maybe. But we think there’s a bit more that goes into it than that. So we looked at this set of criteria from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:




1. Shelton

Shelton, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 40,472Median Income: $88,369
Poverty Level: 4.9%
Unemployment Rate: 8.6%

2. Milford

Milford, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 51,509Median Income: $80,793
Poverty Level: 5.3%
Unemployment Rate: 8.1%

3. Norwalk

Norwalk, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 87,214Median Income: $76,051
Poverty Level: 8.0%
Unemployment Rate: 9.3%

4. Danbury

Danbury, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 82,781Median Income: $65,981
Poverty Level: 10.4%
Unemployment Rate: 8.5%

5. Middletown

Middletown, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,424Median Income: $61,373
Poverty Level: 11.8%
Unemployment Rate: 7.4%

6. Stamford

Stamford, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 125,401Median Income: $77,221
Poverty Level: 9.1%
Unemployment Rate: 10.2%

7. Bristol

Bristol, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 60,556Median Income: $60,208
Poverty Level: 8.8%
Unemployment Rate: 10.6%

8. Torrington

Torrington, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,774Median Income: $55,460
Poverty Level: 11.0%
Unemployment Rate: 9.5%

9. Naugatuck

Naugatuck, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,790Median Income: $58,641
Poverty Level: 8.6%
Unemployment Rate: 11.5%

10. Groton

Groton, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,348Median Income: $51,475
Poverty Level: 12.3%
Unemployment Rate: 9.1%

Measuring Success

If you’re still looking at this post thinking, “Surely, such superficial methods can’t possibly measure a city, or rather, the individuals that make up that city’s success!” well, you’re probably right.

But we like to measure things, and when it comes to success, we feel pretty successful in our approach. Congrats to Shelton and our winners. And for those who didn’t make the cut, well, better luck next year.

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Detailed List Of The Most Successful Cities In Connecticut

Rank City Median Income Poverty Rate Unemployment Rate
1 Shelton $88,369 4.9% 8.6%
2 Milford $80,793 5.3% 8.1%
3 Norwalk $76,051 8.0% 9.3%
4 Danbury $65,981 10.4% 8.5%
5 Middletown $61,373 11.8% 7.4%
6 Stamford $77,221 9.1% 10.2%
7 Bristol $60,208 8.8% 10.6%
8 Torrington $55,460 11.0% 9.5%
9 Naugatuck $58,641 8.6% 11.5%
10 Groton $51,475 12.3% 9.1%
11 Derby $52,136 9.4% 11.6%
12 Meriden $53,401 13.7% 11.9%
13 West Haven $49,993 12.2% 13.1%
14 Norwich $49,695 13.8% 11.4%
15 Ansonia $43,144 16.4% 13.1%
16 Waterbury $41,136 20.8% 13.7%
17 Bridgeport $41,204 20.4% 16.6%
18 New Britain $40,515 22.2% 14.1%
19 New London $41,230 23.1% 15.5%
20 New Haven $37,508 24.4% 13.7%
21 Hartford $29,313 30.6% 20.2%

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