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Top 100 Best Places to Live

For the fourth year in a row, the Top 100 Best Places to Live ranked more than 2,000 cities with populations between 20,000 and 350,000 in partnership with The Initiative for Creativity and Innovation in Cities at New York University’s Schools of Professional Studies.

Forty data points were used to determine our rankings in the categories of economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and health care. 

Coming in at #30 in the nation, West Hartford was noted as a flourishing community with many interesting cultural, dining and shopping opportunities as well as its close proximity to downtown Hartford. Residents can send their children to highly regarded public schools, and other quality of life conveniences include two universities, easy access to Interstate 84, and a revitalized downtown square with multiple offices and residential options.

West Hartford , CT offers a bevy of can’t-miss things to do, from attending special events, to getting involved in the arts and learning about local history; to dining at independent restaurants and staying active at area parks.

Home to the University of Hartford and the University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford is rich in history and perhaps best known for its West Hartford Center downtown district, which has been a gathering place since the late 17th century. A good highway system and top healthcare options are available to residents, and Bradley International Airport is within a 15-minute drive for residents and features 150 daily departures to 30 destinations.

Only one other Connecticut town made the Top 100 list: Norwalk, at no. 90.