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The website's about section reads:

"Niche is the market leader in connecting colleges and schools with students and families. With in-depth profiles on every school and college in America, over 140 million reviews and ratings, and powerful search and data tools, Niche helps millions of students and families find and enroll in the right school for them. For schools, school districts, and communities, Niche’s platform, data, and services help thousands of schools recruit and enroll more best-fit students."
All those shiny bright words make it sound like they might know what they are talking about, but their recent study results indicate otherwise. Niche just put out their 2023 Best Places to Live in CT list and the Hat City got the the s--- end of the stick. Danbury wasn't the only Greater-Danbury town, all of them were missing. We didn't even make the Top 25 list.
Here are their Top 5 with links to each town's demographics from Advance CT 
2 - Newfield - Neighborhood in Stamford
3 - Weatogue - Village in Simsbury
4 - Riverside - Neighborhood in Greenwich
5 - Noank - Village in Groton
I'm sure these are wonderful places to live, but they're similar in a lot of ways, they are quiet, mostly wealthy and not very diverse from what I can tell. Where was the consideration for Danbury? We can't get into the Top 25?
Photo: Lou Milano
Photo: Lou Milano
If I said Danbury has to be the best place in CT, I'd be letting my hometown pride get in the way of an actual discussion but not in the Top 25? Every year Danbury is ranked as one of the most diverse cities in America.

While we are at it, where is Ridgefield? Ridgefield is beautiful and ranks as the safest towns in CT, every year. Where is New Milford? New Milford's slogan is "Best Town in the USA!" Niche doesn't even think New Milford is in the Top 10 places in Litchfield County, they ranked them #11 in their own county!

This is all poppycock is what it is.

We talked about this on the Friday (3/24/23) edition of I-95 Morning Show, listen below.

Later, that day we spoke to Danbury Mayor Dean Esposito and asked him about it.

Check out the Ethan, Lou & Large Dave Podcast on Apple and Spotify

NOTE: Niche is not affiliated with Advance CT, I added the demographic link from the state to allow you to learn more about the areas in question.

Photo: Lou Milano
Photo: Lou Milano

P.S. I'm sure the folks at Niche are wonderful people but you missed a few things, namely:

  • Danbury
  • New Milford
  • Ridgefield
  • Brookfield
  • Bethel
  • New Fairfield
  • Newtown

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