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Nothing to write home about - 6/27/2010
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Guillermo
Colchester, CT

I relocated to CT from Western Mass. ( Northampton area) 6 years ago for a new job. It's is very expensive to live here, they tax everything. Way too conjested and crowded for the land area. The weather is not great here although winters are better than Western Mass. No "real" mountains here, lots of inner cities with no industry and LOTS of multi family homes for all the welfare people to live in...lots of crime and drugs in these areas, Hartford, Meriden, Waterbury, New Britain, Rockville, Willimantic, East Hartford, New haven, etc. Some nice areas of these towns, except Hartford which is a real crappy city. I have been all across America and I think this is one of the fastest paced places I have ever been to, driving is like a race here, and people do not know what a yield sign means!! In general, lots of fine folks here, but it is New England and the people can be a little bit "cold" at first, especially if you are moving to NE from out west, midwest, or the south. Beaches are nothing to write home about, I think Rhode Island is much nicer....counting down the days to when I can relocate away from this state.

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judi
Farmington, CT

compare qol - 3/9/2015

Farmington/Hartford Connecticut (New England in general); Kalamazoo/Grand Rapids, Michigan (MI in general) (M), and Walnut Creek/Bay Area California (CA in general, which doesn't really exist there). Assuming an income of around 200,000. E, barely haning in there. Housing in desirable areas with top school systems, you will need more with kids factoring in sports and recreation singce nothing is free, it's all clubs, like the cadillac days of the 60s and 70s. M is manageable for a more modest decent education. There is a lot more that s free, like lakes and beaches and other recreation. Both Kalamazoo and Farmington share the inbetween two great and divergent cities, Chicago and Detroit and NYC and Boston, respectively. So access to culture and entertainment is the same better or worse depending on your cultural preferences, but cheaperin the M to be sure since CT, NYC, and Boston boast the highest COL anywhere in the country. To be sure you can afford anything anywhere at great sacrifice. The M is the easiest place to sacrifice without living in a crime ridden down and out city with bad public schools. On the W, it's more complicated because of the diveristy of economies in the Northern and Southern halfs of CA-NoCal and SoCal, and really within these spaces there is a lot of variation, but overall, places can be found that rival the M, but on the higher end of things in terms of QOL and of course, CA is the BIG CITY, anywhere you go you are permantly on vacation. Having said that, there is a somewhat homogenous feel to CA, fast, light, bright, grandiose, minimization of problem reality, but it's inescapable because of the environment and the weather and "possibilities", unless of course, you're in traffic. Speaking of which, there is only decent mass transit in NYC and to some extent, Boston. Both CA and MI are severely limited. The AMTRAK runs along the 95 corrider in the E from NYC (also to DC) to almost RI and up to Hartford. But it's slow and more expensive than you would think. The easiest lifestyle is in the midwest, all things considered. If your are into glizt and glamor, finance, and all things money, then the E is a good choice, if you are a dreamer and warm weather outdoors person, then the W is the best. On the E you will find more people who have lived there all their life (remember I'm talking NE, not South of CT), in the midwest some of the same but more movement, in fact, there's a lot of exchange between MI and CA mostly heading W but so

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NBS
Bridgeport, CT

Bridgeport Lumber - 1/8/2015

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David
Farmington, CT

Worst State On Almost Every List - 12/13/2014

I grew up in CT; it is a very beautiful state with miles of coastline. There are extremely poor, crime-ridden cities (Bridgeport, Norwalk) but there are also extremely expensive safe cities. Farmington is one of the latter; although parts of it are dominated by woods, the Farmington River, farms, etc., it is right next to Avon and Simsbury, two extremely expensive suburbs of Hartford. CT is a one-party state with an abnormally large number of federal, state and municipal workers, all of whom have pension/health plans that they and and their unions guard jealously. CT is the bluest of blue states with a high income tax, high sales tax, high property tax, and punishing taxes on small business and the creation of small businesses. Bonuses are given to big, extremely successful companies for staying in the state. I've been priced out of my home state because my income hasn't changed in 10 years while the value of my house has gone down, the taxes on it have gone up, utilities and food have gone WAY up, cable/internet are very high, and there are 0-no job opportunities that would allow me to increase my salary. As I near retirement, CT becomes even less appealing because they tax Social Security and investments the same way they tax income. All my retirement $$$ will go to making sure that state workers, teachers and other union members will retire comfortably while I'll be lucky to be able to stay in my home. I'm getting out ... and so are 30,000 other people/year.

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lora
Trumbull, CT

why dont the people get a job - 9/28/2014

stop robbing people get off your butts and get a job.

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Vanessa
West Hartford, CT

One of the only places where you get the full expe - 2/24/2014

My favorite thing about CT is definitely how true the climate is to each season: you get the most beautiful autumns, the freshest springs, as well as the harshest winters, however that is what makes CT one of the best places to live.

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Tim
Oxford, CT

CT TAXES - 2/17/2014

Politicians here can't find enough ways to take your money. TAX,TAX, and more TAXES. Their favorite sport is to chase seniors out of the state.

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Ron
New Milford, CT

Very liberal, very expensive - 12/26/2013

I like the CT town I live in, but it is becoming more and more expensive to live here. I hate the New England politics and with that, the cost to live here is high.

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Ms.Tee
Newark, NJ

Beautiful - 11/17/2013

I am from the Northeast area NY, CT and Jersey. I can say the best thing about living up here is being so close to NY and always having something to do and being able to experience and enjoy the 4 seasons. Certain areas are absolutely beautiful but unfortunately the cost of living is just getting to out of hand therefore I'm looking to relocate to Valdosta please provide any information that would help aid me in my transition.

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W
Waterbury, CT

CT. - 9/25/2013

CT. Is a beautiful state.

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Mark
Glastonbury, CT

CT schools - 8/10/2013

The schools in CT are considered over average but the have similar problems as others. The problem is not the school or curriculum or location but the system which presumes miscommunication between the educators- each teacher cares only about his/her subject. The new trends are encouraging though- particularly teaching chess in middle schools.

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Dolores

Not good for asthmatics - 7/20/2013

CT is becoming so lush, in the summer it's more like a rainforest. If you are allergic to mold, this is not the place for you to live. If not allergic, CT is a reserved area except for the larger cities. The area is absolutely beautiful in spring and fall. Winters are icy and snowy, with average temps in the high 20s. Summers vary, but this current summer is sweltering with high temps and high humidity.

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Goldie
Ronkonkoma, NY

Education - 5/9/2013

Why did this website stop providing information about education levels in the places it's covering? It's very helpful information to have about an area.

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Lauren
Brookfield, CT

Living in Brookfield, CT - 3/19/2013

I love it here. It's a typical suburban, white, middle class to upper middle class community. It was a great place to grow up. You feel safe and because it's a small town you tend to always see people from high school. It quiet, not too much craziness goes on around here. If you're considering a move to Fairfield County look into the greater Danbury area and the surrounding towns. It's a nice place to live.

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mark
Woodbury, CT

cost of living in CT - 3/13/2013

Way to high. State ioncome tax, sales tax, real estate tax, car tax, gas tax. You name it CT taxes it

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Kpann
Wallingford, CT

Living in Connecticut - 2/26/2013

I've living in CT my entire life. My entire family (children, mother & siblings) are all here as well. As you're probably aware, Ct is a small state, but packed with plenty to do and see. It's a wonderful place to live and raise a family. We have a shoreline, mountains (it's certainly not the Rockies), casinos (if that's your thing), historical sites and much, much more. The economy is no better or worse than most states these days. We enjoy 4 beautiful seasons each year and for the most part, the weather is more than manageable. It's not paradise, but it's home!

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Amanda
Old Lyme, CT

Country life or Down South? - 2/7/2013

We just recently moved from LA to a small town on the Eastern shoreline of Ct. It's a village really with a number of towns nearby which blend together to form the shoreline. What an adjustment. We were looking for more nature and less expense as well as the change of seasons. We pretty much got it except its more expensive here for some items like food and of course heat. We have lived in NY, Miami, La and now Ct. I am from Ct which is why we moved here. It's beautiful and familiar but now we see it might not be the ticket. Both my husband and I are having a tough time adjusting to the cold winter and gray days and are not sure if this is really the right place for us. We like the abundance of nature and the lack of traffic and rude people that LA has but think maybe a smaller city would suit us better and more temperate weather. Anyone know about Asheville or any other town on North Carolina that might work? We are both liberal Obama people who are not religious, have no kids and are entrepreneurs so need to be in a hip area with good food, arts and opportunities for growth. Any input wold be welcome!

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MB
Shelton, CT

Political Views - 1/13/2013

Connecticut is a liberal state

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Alan
Wading River, NY

Great State - 7/26/2012

Connecticut is a great state for many reasons

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Tracy
Stratford, CT

The great state of Connecticut - 6/29/2012

We've got it all here - beaches, great schools, great restaurants, and especially great pizza!

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Bp
Seymour, CT

Cost of Living High - Quality of Life Not So Much - 4/11/2012

I've lived in CT off and on for nearly 40 years and I must say that I'm more disappointed each year. The prices of homes in a decent area are very high and the price of food and utilities has skyrocketed. Most of the higher-paying jobs are in the area outside of NYC so the commute is no picnic. There is a reason why I've never seen this area listed in "Best Places to Live".

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