According to a study on, 31% of Americans prefer to live in the suburbs. I will admit that every once in a while, Mindy and I enjoy the bright lights of New York City, and if I were independently wealthy, I would rent a small studio apartment in the big city just to visit.

The finance website WalletHub just published an article titled "Best Small Cities in America (2023). They compared 1,321 cities across five key dimensions: 1) Affordability, 2) Economic Health, 3) Education and Health, 4) Quality of Life and 5) Safety. They selected cities with population sizes between 25,000 and 100,000 and considered only the “city proper” in each case. The great news is that 11 Connecticut small cities were ranked in America's Top 500!!

  • Shelton (99)
  • Stratford (153)
  • Norwalk (193)
  • Manchester (312)
  • West Hartford (318)
  • Weathersfield (320)
  • Naugatuck (334)
  • DANBURY (363)
  • Middletown (413)
  • Newington (444)
  • Milford (494)

WalletHub compared more than 1,300 U.S. cities with populations between 25,000 and 100,000 based on 45 key indicators of livability. They range from housing costs to school-system quality to restaurants per capita.

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