Recently, I did some research to find the Connecticut town or city with the highest monthly bills in the state.

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When all was said and done, one place stood above the rest..Wilton, CT. The numbers were truly off the charts but Wilton was not the only ridiculously expensive place to live in the Nutmeg State.

While I was wading around in the numbers, I noticed the entire Greater-Danbury area was in big trouble, Brookfield included. According to Doxo, these are the financial realities of living here.

  • The avg. household in Brookfield, Connecticut pays $2,657 per month, or $31,878 per year on bills.
  • Brookfield, Connecticut is the #25 most expensive city in Connecticut for household expenses.
  • Household expenses in Brookfield, Connecticut are 24.9% higher than the US average.
  • Household bills account for 24% of annual household income of $132,349 in Brookfield, Connecticut.

After I read that I thought, thank God I only work here and live in Danbury but then I remembered the Hat City is not far behind. We are #31 in the state.

This is the average breakdown of bills here in Brookfield:

  • Mortage: $2,404
  • Rent: $1,854
  • Auto Loans: $474
  • Utilities: $450
  • Health Insurance: $74
  • Auto Insurance: $111
  • Cable/Internet: $57
  • Mobile: $142
  • Alarm/Security: $105
  • Life Insurance: $47

I don't need to be a finance wiz to look at those average monthly figures and call BS. If anything those numbers are way under reality which is also bad.

How's your day going? Thankfully, you have I-95 to keep you company or things could feel really desperate.

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Photo: Lou Milano
Photo: Lou Milano

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Gallery Credit: Lou Milano


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