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Simsbury, CT Rich Wagner—©Imagine it Framed

50. Simsbury, CT

Updated: Jun 01, 2014 4:29 PM UTC | Originally published: May 30, 2014

Top 50 rank: 50

Population: 23,689

Founded in 1670, this bucolic New England town is chock-full of historical houses and parks. With strict regulations on development, Simsbury has maintained 32% of its land as open space. Just 15 miles outside Hartford, the town is home to boutiques, farmers' markets, and five-star restaurants.

The open-air performing-arts center is summer home to the Hartford Symphony, while Olympic medalists have trained at the town's International Skating Center of Connecticut. --K.F.

Simsbury, CT

Town stats

Median family income (per year)$131,397
Job growth % (2010-2012)5.13%
Median home price (2012)$270,000
Reading test scores (% above/below average)20.5%
Math test scores (% above/below average)18.3%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000)0
Property crime incidents (per 1,000)8

Financials

Median family income (per year)$131,397
Family purchasing power (annual, cost-of-living adjusted)$105,957
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)5.13%

Housing

Median home price (2012)$270,000
Average property taxes (2012)$7,889

Education

Colleges, universities and professional schools (within 30 miles)24
Reading test scores (% above/below state average)20.5%
Test scores math (% above/below average)18.3%
% students attending public/private schools (located within town limits)77.6/22.4

Quality of life

Air quality index* (% of days AQI ranked as good)92.4%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000)0
Property crime incidents (per 1,000)8
Median commute time (in minutes)23.2
% population with commute 45 mins. or longer11.9%
% population walk or bike to work3.2%

Leisure and culture

Movie theaters (within 15 miles)35
Restaurants (within 15 miles)1,641
Bars (within 15 miles)135
Public golf courses (within 30 miles)166
Libraries (within 15 miles)73
Museums (accredited by AAM; within 30 miles)11
Ski resorts (within 100 miles)N.A.
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts)1.1

Weather

Annual rainfall (inches)46.16
% clear days in the area52%
High temp in July ° F82.7°
Low temp in Jan ° F14.1°

Meet the neighbors

Median age42.8
Completed at least some college (% of residents)82.8%
Married %62.0%
Divorced %5.3%
Racial diversity index (100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity)35.4