Connecticut November 09, 2016
11 Reasons Why Small Town Connecticut Is Actually The Best Place To Grow Up
You often hear city dwellers talking about needing an escape from the chaos of the crowded, fast moving city. But you don’t often hear those sentiments from those who opted to go a little more rural. Small town Connecticut isn’t just a place you visit on the weekend. It’s a community that reflects the American dream. See for yourself why growing up in small town Connecticut is so great:
1. The quintessential New England looks.
Let's face it. If you want to experience the charm and architecture that New England states are known for, you have to go to a small town. It's an immersive historical experience, rivaled only by living history museums. Except there's no entry fee! So you grow up appreciating the rich history of our state.
2. You're never too far from the outdoors.
Whether it's just across the bridge or your own backyard, small towns are always surrounded by nature. A preserve, wide open field or both are easily found, which means lots of outside play time!
3. The best things never change.
City dwellers may find old photos like this one and recount how life used to be. But when you grow up in a small town, you don't have to worry about saying goodbye. The locals affinity for simple living means things rarely disappear. Instead, the old general store is preserved forever.
4. Every day is an escape.
Who needs a vacation when your hometown comes with its own set of sweeping views and fresh air?
5. You can choose your style of living.
Connecticut is scattered with small towns, so you don't have to commit to rural living (unless that's what you're after). You can go coastal, or if you have city separation anxiety, there are even some small towns that are pretty close to urban living.
6. There's a real sense of community.
Park gatherings and events on the green are a regular thing. You know all your neighbors by name, and they know you too! When you know people, you're more likely to be involved. So small town folks are
7. The crime rates are low.
Connecticut is pretty safe all around, but in small towns crime is nearly non-existent. There's no better way to grow up!
8. You get better food.
These days locally grown food and farm fresh ingredients are a reason for restaurants to charge more. But small town locals aren't fooled. Ease of access has made it possible for you to enjoy those ingredients your whole life. You grow to appreciate farmers and to love picking your own things.
9. You can actually see the stars.
Because it actually gets dark! Like pitch black dark. So if you loved the stars from a young age you were lucky to live in a small town where you could look at them every night.
10. You actually enjoy reading the newspaper.
In a small town, the news is actually a fun way to stay informed and connected. It's mostly pictures from the high school sports games and a calendar of local events and accomplishments. If you make it into the paper you can count on everyone you see to congratulate you for it too!
11. You get to go to a small school.
Not only does that mean knowing all your classmates and likely sticking with the same group of kids all twelve years, but you also get more one on one time. With less kids to compete with, getting extra help and reaching your full potential is easy.
If you loved growing up in small town Connecticut, you know there’s really no better way to live, and that these
quiet towns are just the beginning. Tell us the name of your favorite small town!