The third-smallest state in the country by area and population, Connecticut is often viewed as a New York suburb. It’s an affluent state, consistently ranking fourth in the country in terms of per capita income, and many celebrities have called it home, including Katherine Hepburn, Paul Newman, Kevin Bacon, Meryl Streep and Glenn Close. Connecticut residents are particular about their politics, and they tend to live in areas where others share their views. Whether you lean toward the Democrat mindset or are a staunch Republican, Movoto Real Estate can help you find the best places to live in Connecticut that will surround you with other like-minded individuals.

The Ideal Place for Democrats in the Elm City

Nestled on the shores of the New Haven Harbor, New Haven is the perfect place to live if you’re a Democrat. Politics are in the blood of those who live here, and rightly so. More presidents and other famous politicians have called New Haven home at some point than just about any other place in the country (except possibly for Washington, D.C.), including George H.W. and George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Dick Cheney, Clarence Thomas, and Andrew Jackson.

An Ivy League Experience best places to live in Connecticut

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The city is steeped in history, and it’s the home to one of the top Ivy League schools in the country, Yale University. In fact, the Yale campus is an integral part of the city landscape, and the students take over the city each year from September through June, much to the chagrin of the locals. The sprawling campus begins just north of the New Haven Green in the middle of the downtown area, and it spreads east toward the Hamden border and north toward Woodbridge. Yale-New Haven Hospital, a prominent East Coast teaching hospital, dominates the area west of downtown.

The notorious Yale vs. Harvard rivalry is something that’s top of mind with every New Haven local. Known simply as “The Game,” the annual Yale-Harvard football game, which has been played annually since 1895, is one of the oldest college football rivalries in the country and it alternates each November between New Haven’s Yale Bowl and the Harvard Stadium. Locals turn out in force for a day of tailgating and cheering on the Yale Bulldogs no matter who is hosting the game. Having just celebrated its 150th anniversary, the Yale-Harvard Regatta predates The Game by almost 25 years. It takes place each summer on the Thames River, and it’s the highlight of New Haven’s summer events.

A Center for Arts and Culture

New Haven is also known for its vibrant nightlife and its focus on arts and culture. There’s Woolsey Hall where the New Haven Symphony Orchestra plays, in addition to hosting concerts by visiting orchestras from around the world. Jazz also plays a big part of the music scene in New Haven, and Toad’s Place is the venue for all things rock. The Yale University Art Gallery and the Peabody Museum are also integral parts of the city's arts and culture. When New York City’s plays leave Broadway, New Haven is often the first stop on their off-Broadway tours.

Living in New Haven

Due in part to the influx of Yale students who decide to make New Haven their permanent home, the average age in New Haven is roughly 10 years younger than the state average. As a typical urban metro, New Haven has its affluent areas and its low-income areas, which has brought the city’s average income down the $36,000, just less than half of the state average. But don’t be fooled; it’s expensive to live in New Haven. Its cost of living may be almost six percent lower than the state as a whole, but it’s more than 21 percent higher than the national average. In 2015, the median sales price for homes in New Haven was $145,000, though homes in the more affluent areas can run significantly higher.

An Enclave of Republicans in Middlebury

New Haven may be the epicenter of Connecticut Democrats, but Middlebury Republicans are a local force to be reckoned with. Though they make up less than 40 percent of the city’s population, the city’s Republicans are staunch in their beliefs, and they have created a community that’s small, affluent and safe to live in. Just pick up a copy of the Republican American, and you’ll see more news about charity drives than crime.  

Getting to Know the Neighbors

Situated in the far northern section of New Haven County, Middlebury identifies more with Waterbury as its nearby metro than New Haven. And where New Haven is decidedly urban, Middlebury offers a slice of the suburban life to its mere 7,500 residents. The median age here is 45, and “racially diverse” is not a term anyone would use to describe the city. Middlebury is filled with families, empty-nesters and retirees, who enjoy a simple, quiet life with plenty of access to the great outdoors.

You’ll Pay for the Lower Crime Rate

Middlebury offers a relatively low crime rate, but residents pay for their safety. On a scale of one to 100, Middlebury is rated 18 for violent crimes and just 25 for property crimes. With a U.S. average of 100, Middlebury is rated 141 for its overall cost of living, with groceries and health care at 116 and utilities and transportation between 120 and 123. The cost of housing, however, is high with a rating of 186.

In 2015, the median sales price for housing is $317,000, but most of the single-family homes in the area cost significantly more.


 

No matter your political leaning, the best places to live in Connecticut where you can mix and mingle with others who share your beliefs are waiting for you. When you’re ready to start your search for your ideal Connecticut home, contact one of our local agents who can help.