Connecticut is a pretty pricey state, which means most people don’t think about coming here to retire. But if you’re convinced this is where you want to be in your old age, these cities and towns provide the best Connecticut has to offer for retirees. Whether you’re looking for a more upbeat location with great restaurants or a quiet patch of land with stunning backdoor views, Connecticut can help you retire in style. With the help of Niche, Connecticut Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal, I found the best place to retire in Connecticut!
1. West Hartford
Just five miles west of downtown, this town is ranked in the top 10 for family raising and features a great center for shopping and dining. 17.5% of local residents are age 65 or older, and the ease of access to doctors is superb.
This central Connecticut city sits along the Connecticut River and has a rich Native American history. If you love having city and nature close at hand then you'll love it here! A slightly smaller elderly population, but better home prices. The only snag is for book lovers, because this town was rated D for access to libraries.
You know you're getting quaint and quiet with this one. At 36,000 residents, this is the largest city in all of Litchfield County. Excellent for recreational activities, except for golf, the monthly housing cost estimate is only $1,000.
Nicknamed "The Rose of New England," this harborside city is home to beautiful river views and bike trails. The city has been experiencing a slight increase in retirees, but the population of seniors is still only 13%.
A census designated village, Willimantic is located inside of Windham. Its name means "land of the swift running water" in Algonquin. This is probably the best kept secret when it comes to retiring. Their senior population is only 9%, which is shocking when you consider they received an A for access to doctors, groceries, restaurants, and golf. The monthly cost of living is estimated at only $900 as well.
Home to Roseland Cottage, one of the most important homes in America, many a president have passed through this small town. Home to 45 farms, this is a great place for dairy and the simpler things. If you like visiting nearby states, but aren't a city chaser, you'll enjoy being so close to Massachusetts and Long Island. Small homes and condos are more affordable here as well, with water views and less attention to expensive finishes.
This coastal town in New Haven County isn't too far off the I-95, but it still manages to stay relatively peaceful. You will get tourists in the summer, but you'll also get some cool events to go with them! This town is reccommended because of its easily walkable downtown areas and access to the Long Island Sound.
8. New Canaan
Just 48 miles from New York City, this town is perfect for those who plan to frequent the city scene but want a quieter place to call home. Folks with money retire here for the new luxury condos and the well financed cultural centers.
This is my pick if you plan to do a lot of boating when you retire. It's pretty quiet and also holds half of Mystic. This place is a little exclusive because no one ever leaves, which means it's hard to find a place here. But if you do, you'll find a strong sense of community and easy strolls for shopping clothes and daily necessities.
This small town takes up 37 square miles of land and claims Captain Nathan Hale as its historic claim to fame, whose homestead is now a museum. Though a little more expensive, you have easier access to groceries. With standard ratings across the board, Coventry's selling point is the quiet.
This teeny tiny town has just over 2,000 residents and features Roxbury Falls in addition to its close knit community. Retirees of this town are seeking isolation and hobby exploration. Most buy homes with rooms for studios, and there are not a lot of activities offered in town. With no condos and limited commercial activity, you can retire away from all the stresses of life.
This picturesque town is perfect for those who intend to be visited often by younger kids. There are a lot of day trip activities here. Named the Best Town In America in 1996, Essex has a lot to offer. You're near a well ranked shore-side hospital, with easy access to the shops and the sea. Unfortunately, it is a little pricier.
13. East Lyme
This larger town mostly consists of two villages, one of which is the well known Niantic. Sports fishing is a big deal here. With an A- weather rating, expect temperatures to be a little higher, and for winter to bring a little less snow. If you like smelling salt in the air, then you will love this place. Plus it offers apartments, which some retirees prefer.
Connecticut is currently experiencing a growth in residents leaving when they retire. Will you be sticking around for one of these spots or calling it quits?