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What Makes Norwalk a Great Place to Live?

Connecticut Magazine recently published its “Rating the Towns” guide, which measures the quality of life in towns with populations over 10,000 in five categories: education, economy, cost of living, crime and leisure/culture.

What makes Norwalk a great place to live compared to other Connecticut towns?

Is it the great public school system? The strong local economy? The cost of living? The comparatively low crime rate?

Perhaps it is Norwalk’s distinct, unique and diverse neighborhoods, such as South Norwalk, Rowayton or Silvermine, or its famous historic landmarks, including the , and the .

Maybe it’s the City’s many attractions, such as the , and the .

It could also be Norwalk's superb parks and recreational areas, such as , Shady Beach, Bayley Beach Park, and .

Then again, maybe it’s the well-educated, successful and often notable people who live here, including some famous .

Connecticut Magazine recently published its “Rating the Towns” guide, which measures the quality of life in towns with populations over 10,000 in five categories: education, economy, cost of living, crime and leisure/culture. Towns are broken down by size for comparison purposes. As you can see from the charts below, Norwalk is #7 in the “Population 50K+” category.

Population 10K-15K

Town

Education

Crime

Economy

Cost

Leisure

Total

1. Weston

1

1

1

20

9

32

2. Canton

3

2

5

18

5

33

3. Old Saybrook

5

7

2

19

1

34

4. Granby

4

4

8

13

7

36

5. New Fairfield

6

3

3

16

11

39

6. Orange

2

12

6

17

4

41

7. Clinton

13

10

7

12

2

44

8. Somers

7

8

9

14

8

46

9. Cromwell

9

13

11

11

6

50

10. East Hampton

8

6

15

8

15

52

11. North Branford

14

11

10

9

10

54

12. Oxford

12

5

4

15

18

54

13. Coventry

10

15

12

10

14

61

14. Straford

11

9

17

7

17

61

15. Windsor Locks

19

17

13

3

12

64

16. Derby

20

20

18

5

3

66

17. Griswold

16

14

16

2

20

68

18. Plymouth

15

16

19

4

16

70

19. East Windsor

18

19

14

6

13

70

20. Winchester

17

18

20

1

19

75

Population 15K-25K

Town

Education

Crime

Economy

Cost

Leisure

Total

1. Ridgefield

4

1

4

29

2

40

2. New Canaan

1

4

1

31

4

41

3. Avon

5

2

5

27

3

42

4. Wilton

2

3

3

30

5

43

5. Darien

3

6

2

32

1

44

6. Simsbury

6

7

10

23

6

52

7. Madison

7

13

6

28

7

61

8. Southbury

9.5

5

11

24

17

66.5

9. Stonington

21

9

9

20

8

67

10. East Lyme

9.5

17

13

18

10

67.5

11. Guilford

8

19

7

25

9

68

12. Tolland

14

11

18

12

13

68

13. Brookfield

12

10

8

26

18

74

14. Rocky Hill

18

12

16

17

14

77

15. Ellington

15

14

21

14

15

79

16. Bethel

16

8

15

21

21

81

17. Waterford

19

29

14

8

12

82

18. Monroe

11

15

12

22

24

84

19. Colchester

24

16

23

13

16

92

20. Ledyard

20

18

24

9

22

93

21. Suffield

13

24

19

19

20

95

22. Berlin

17

26

20

16

19

98

23. North Haven

22

25

17

15

23

102

24. Watertown

28

23

22

7

25

105

25. Bloomfield

32

32

29

4

11

108

26. Montville

27

22

25

3

31

108

27. Plainfield

29

20

31

2

28

110

28. Wolcott

23

21

26

11

32

113

29. Plainville

25

31

28

6

27

117

30. Killingly

30

30

30

1

26

117

31. Seymour

26

27

27

10

29

119

32. Ansonia

31

28

32

5

30

126

Population 25K-50K

Town

Education

Crime

Economy

Cost

Leisure

Total

1. Westport

1

5

1

26

1

34

2. Farmington

2

10

2

21

2

37

3. Glastonbury

3

3

4

23

5

38

4. Newtown

6

1

3

25

13

48

5. Cheshire

4

2

7

22

15

50

6. Wallingford

14

7

12

15

6

54

7. Mansfield

8

4

17

14

11

54

8. New milford

11

6

8

18

12

55

9. Trumbull

5

9

6

24

16

60

10. Branford

13

17.5

5

19

7

61.5

11. South Windsor

7

8

10

17

23

65

12. Wethersfield

9

14

16

13

14

66

13. Groton

17

20

14

12

4

67

14. Windsor

23

12

15

9

10

69

15. Southington

10

16

11

16

19

72

16. Newington

12

22

13

8

17

72

17. Middletown

19

21

19

11

3

73

18. Shelton

15

13

9

20

21

78

19. Norwich

21

25

24

1

8

79

20. Enfield

16

17.5

18

5

24

80.5

21. Vernon

18

15

21

7

22

83

22. Torrington

22

19

22

4

18

85

23. Naugatuck

20

11

23

6

26

86

24. New london

26

26

25

3

9

89

25. Windham

25

24

26

2

20

97

26. East Haven

24

23

20

10

25

102

Population 50K+

Town

Education

Crime

Economy

Cost

Leisure

Total

1. Greenwich

1

1

1

19

4

26

2. Fairfield

2

2

2

17

6

29

3. Stamford

6.5

6

3

18

3

36.5

4. W. Hartford

3

7

7

15

5

37

5. Danbury

10

3

5

13

8

39

6. Milford

4

5

6

14

14

43

7. Norwalk

8

11

4

16

7

46

8. Hamden

11

4

8

11

13

47

9. Manchester

9

8

10

9

11

47

10. Stratford

6.5

9

9

12

16

52.5

11. Bristol

5

10

11

10

17

53

12. Meriden

13

12

13

5

15

58

13. New Haven

15

19

17

6

1

58

14. Waterbury

16

15

18

1

10

60

15. Hartford

18

18

19

4

2

61

16. Bridgeport

19

17

15

2

9

62

17. West Haven

12

13

12

8

18

63

18. New Britain

17

16

16

3

12

64

19. E. Hartford

14

14

14

7

19

68

 

Becki Christopherson October 29, 2011 at 02:35 AM
We have an awesome orchestra, the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra! And many arts & cultural organizations in addition to the ones mentioned in this article: Crystal Theatre, Norwalk Youth Symphony, nine dance studios, at least 10 art galleries, 3 music schools, 1 music store, the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, live music throughout SoNo and Wall Street districts, Carriage House Theatre, Shakespeare on the Sound, four libraries, at least four ethnic festivals, SoNo Arts Celebration, Oyster Festival, a fashion design co-op, and historic sites including the Mill Hill Historic District and the SoNo Switch Tower Museum. We are "the city!"

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