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39. Cheshire, CT

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Cheshire, CT Cheshire

Top 50 rank: 39

Population: 29,433

This former farming community still feels like a quintessential New England village, filled with horse barns, gardens, and towering trees. Cheshire’s proximity to New Haven, Hartford, and Bridgeport gives residents plenty of options when it comes to jobs, though locals say the traffic can make even short commutes painful.

Developers recently announced plans to build an open-air outlet mall on the edge of town, a project that should create jobs and drum up additional tax revenue. –K.F.

Cheshire, CT

Town stats

Median family income (per year) $123,880
Job growth % (2010-2012) 3.09%
Median home price (2012) $287,250
Reading test scores (% above/below average) 17.7%
Math test scores (% above/below average) 16.1%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 0
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 10

Financials

Median family income (per year) $123,880
Family purchasing power (annual, cost-of-living adjusted) $96,834
Sales tax (state) 6.35%
State income tax rate (highest bracket) 6.70%I
State income tax rate (lowest bracket) 3.00%I
Auto insurance premiums (Average price quotes, for the state) $1,866
Job growth % (2010-2012) 3.09%

Housing

Median home price (2012) $287,250
Average property taxes (2012) $6,145

Education

Colleges, universities and professional schools (within 30 miles) 28
Reading test scores (% above/below state average) 17.7%
Test scores math (% above/below average) 16.1%
% students attending public/private schools (located within town limits) 87.0/13.0

Quality of life

Air quality index* (% of days AQI ranked as good) 85.0%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 0
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 10
Median commute time (in minutes) 24.9
% population with commute 45 mins. or longer 15.9%
% population walk or bike to work 1.0%

Leisure and culture

Movie theaters (within 15 miles) 25
Restaurants (within 15 miles) 2,434
Bars (within 15 miles) 203
Public golf courses (within 30 miles) 175
Libraries (within 15 miles) 77
Museums (accredited by AAM; within 30 miles) 12
Ski resorts (within 100 miles) N.A.
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts) 1.1

Weather

Annual rainfall (inches) 44.15
% clear days in the area 56%
High temp in July ° F 82.8°
Low temp in Jan ° F 16.9°

Meet the neighbors

Median age 41.5
Completed at least some college (% of residents) 77.1%
Married % 57.3%
Divorced % 7.1%
Racial diversity index (100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity) 54.0

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