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The Town of West Hartford prides itself on its overall attractiveness, customer service, citizen involvement, public safety and education, all characteristics that make our town a desirable place to live. West Hartford has become a destination for businesses and families because it is a full-service community in every sense, from its quality municipal services to its top-rated schools. West Hartford is bursting with pride and here are some of the reasons why!

BEST PLACE TO LIVE

MONEY magazine announced West Hartford was ranked in the 2018 Top 50 Best Places to Live in the United States for towns and cities with populations of 50,000 or greater (December 2018).  West Hartford earned the no. 48 spot and was the only Connecticut town/city to make the Top 50 list and was one of three in New England.

To compile the ranking, MONEY magazine starts with a list of all U.S. towns and cities with populations of 50,000 or greater. The pool is then drilled down to 583 cities by using 135,000 different data points in the following categories: economic health, cost of living, diversity, public education, income, crime, ease of living, and amenities. The greatest weight is placed on economic health, public school performance, and local amenities; housing, cost of living, and diversity were also critical components.

Livability.com has released its fifth annual 2018 Top 100 Best Places to Live list and West Hartford made the list, the only city in Connecticut to do so. More than 2,300 cities with populations between 20,000 and 350,000 were ranked on 40 data points measuring economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and health care. West Hartford earns high marks in education, healthcare and technology, and the city is becoming a summertime tourism destination with excellent restaurants and high-end shopping choices. 

RENTCafe.com released a new study in June 2018 best and worst US metros to live in, according to each profession. RENTCafe.com calculated the average amount of money left each year for 21 major professional occupations in the top 100 most populous U.S. metros, by subtracting the average cost of living per metro from the average net income per professional field. The Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford metro ranks in the top 10 best metros to live in for 12 different professional fields. Here are our key findings:

#1 Best Metro to live in for Office & Administrative Support workers. People in this professional field are left with $12,200 each year after covering the basic living expenses
#3 Best Metro for Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance (+$3,400/year)
#4 Best Metro for Community & Social Service (+$19,800/year)
#4 Best Metro for Education, Training, & Library (+$24,900/year)
#5 Best Metro for Protective Service (+$19,500/year)
#5 Best Metro for Life, Physical, & Social Science (+$38,200/year)
#5 Best Metro for Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media (+$22,300/year)
#6 Best Metro for Business & Financial Operations (+$36,600/year)
#6 Best Metro for Installation, Maintenance, & Repair (+$18,400/year)
#9 Best Metro for Production (+$11,200/year)
#10 Best Metro for Computer & Mathematical (+$47,900/year)

Data from Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Census, Tax Foundation and MIT Living Wage Calculator was used for the study. The full study and methodology is found here: https://www.rentcafe.com/blog/apartment-search-2/best-metros-for-your-profession/

Niche’s 2018 ranking of Best Places to Live in Connecticut placed West Hartford in first place. Niche rigorously analyzes dozens of public data sets and millions of reviews to produce comprehensive rankings, report cards, and profiles for every K-12 school, college, and neighborhood in the U.S.

The Travel Blog The Crazy Tourist featured West Hartford among the 15 Best Places to Live in Connecticut in its June 2018 article.

West Hartford is a charming and affordable suburb of the state capital. Affordable compared to Darien that is. The median home value here is around $313,500, so far more attainable for the average working family. This area is very popular with millennials, perhaps due to house prices being at the lower end of the scale for Connecticut. Local people say that there is a lot to love about this area and that it is an ideal location to situate yourself to raise a family. The town is safe and secure and there are plenty of activities on offer for people of all ages; hiking, swimming, and social clubs to name but a few.
 

SafeWise ranks West Hartford on its Top 20 Safest Cities in Connecticut (May 2018) based on FBI crime report statistics and population data. SafeWise also ranked West Hartford #13 in the nation for Safest College Towns in America.

moveBuddha, an online information and resource website that helps people who are moving to a new location, ranked West Hartford #6 in the nation among the 50 most popular mid-size cities to relocate to in its March 2018 report.

Kiplinger's Finance Magazine ranking of Best Cities in the Nation for the Next Decade focused on places that specialized in out-of-the-box thinking.  It became clear that West Hartford had three elements of the ‘innovation factor:’ smart people, great ideas and collaboration.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine also selected West Hartford for its Top 10 “Great Cities for Raising Families.”   West Hartford was selected because of its low crime, top-ranked schools (public and private), proximity to major cities, range of parks and historic sites, and vibrant downtown.

Family Circle magazine named West Hartford one of America's 10 Best Towns for Families.

Hartford Magazine ranked towns in the Greater Hartford region and West Hartford came out #1 Overall, #1 in the large town category, #1 Best for Families, #1 Best for Seniors, #1 Most Affluent, and #1 Most Educated.

Best Public Schools 

Niche’s Best Public School Districts survey ranked 8,738 school districts based on dozens of key statistics and 4.6 million opinions from 280,000 students and parents. A high ranking indicates that the district contains great schools with exceptional teachers, sufficient resources, and a diverse set of high-achieving students.

Washington Post's Top Challenging High Schools in the Nation: Conard & Hall High School; two of only three in all of Connecticut.

In the 2019 U.S. News & World Report for Best High Schools in the nation, both Conard and Hall high schools received GOLD medals (500 awarded out of over 29,000 schools measured), and, fittingly, were ranked right next to each other, almost as twins, even in the national rankings. The ranking in the nation was Hall #443, Conard #444 and In Connecticut, Hall #11 and Conard #12.

Conard and Hall High Schools ranked tops in Newsweek's America's Best High Schools as well.

BEST LIFESTYLE
TravelandLeisure.com on-line magazine said West Hartford is “One of the Coolest Suburbs Worth a Visit.” The West Hartford Reservoir was called “West Hartford’s version of Central Park! The magazine also noted the town’s vacation-worthy hot spots with cutting-edge restaurants, great shopping, and plenty of parking.
 

West Hartford was named a “Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community” by The League of American Bicyclists (2017-2020).  The Bronze award recognizes West Hartford’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through promotion, education, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.

Hartford Magazine’s “Best of Hartford” edition readers rated the West Hartford Public Library as #1 library in the Greater Hartford area.

Movoto, an online real estate brokerage firm that is known for its unique approach to city-based research by major news organizations such as Forbes and U.S. News, published a ranking of the 10 best places to live in Connecticut with a population of over 10,000.  West Hartford was noted for its lower than average commute times and for its overall excellent quality of life score.  The Top 10 towns were ranked on total amenities, quality of life, crime, and weather.

HIGHLY EDUCATED
On-line PhD Programs created a list of the Top 101 cities with the most people having Doctorate degrees in American urban centers with populations of 50,000 or more. West Hartford ranked #46 in the nation!

The agency stated “the appeal of West Hartford for doctorate holders perhaps lies as much in the town’s location and sense of community as it does in the area’s academic opportunities.”

BEST PLACE TO RETIRE
Retirement can present a chance for Americans to meet new people and enjoy new experiences. According to a recent study by SmartAsset, West Hartford is among the best places in Connecticut for retirement. The study factors in the number of recreation centers and retirement centers available to seniors as well as the percentage of the city’s population they represent.

Connecticut Magazine rated West Hartford among the 20 Great Places to Retire in Connecticut.  The article states, “This exemplary inner-ring suburb has reinvented itself with a colorful array of shops, restaurants, amusements and even a new 20-acre multipurpose commercial/residential development called Blue Back Square.”
 
FISCALLY SOUND
Since 1974, Moody's Investor Services and Standard & Poors, the nation’s largest bond rating agencies, assigned their highest ratings, Aaa and AAA, to the Town of West Hartford’s general obligation bonds. The triple A rating is the highest rating given by the agencies and is based on the town's strength of management and conservative financial practices. West Hartford is one of only a few towns in the United States to hold the coveted Aaa/AAA ratings from both agencies.  Even fewer have maintained such ratings since 1974.

 

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