West Hartford Ranked Among ‘Top 100 Places to Live’ by Livability

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West Hartford is no. 30 in Livability’s most recent ranking of the top 100 best places to live among cities with populations between 20,000 and 350,000.

By Ronni Newton

The Town of West Hartford has earned another accolade, this time taking the top position among Connecticut communities in the Livability.com 2017 ranking of the “Top 100 Best Places to Live.”

West Hartford was ranked no. 30. In addition to its proximity to Hartford, West Hartford was noted as “a flourishing community with many interesting cultural, dining and shopping opportunities. 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.”

Norwalk, at no. 90, was the only other Connecticut community to make the “Top 100” list.

“It is an honor to be mayor of West Hartford, a truly wonderful community that was ranked 30th by Livability.com ‘2017 Top 100 Best Places to Live’ in the nation, and first in the state on the list of more than 2,000 cities with populations between 20,000 and 350,000,” Mayor Shari Cantor said.

“West Hartford is a top-ranked community in the state and in the country as it offers the best of the urban and suburban experience and truly has something for everyone,” said Cantor. “We have beautiful parks and public spaces and we use them to get together for street fairs, road races, and other community events. We have multiple thriving town centers, making us a destination for young people and a regional draw. We have excellent public safety and public schools as well as responsible development,” Cantor said.

“The West Hartford community is diverse, dynamic, and engaged,” Cantor added. “This is a great place to live, raise a family, study, work, start of grow a business, and retire.”

Livability.com is a website which continually compares the country’s small cities based on a variety of factors. The site just released a ranking of more than 2,000 cities, with populations between 20,000 and 350,000, through an analysis of 40 different data points that according to the study included economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education, and health care. The study was conducted in partnership with The Initiative for Creativity and Innovation in Cities at New York University’s Schools of Professional Studies and Emsi, and led by Richard Florida and Steven Pedigo.

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