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Old 08-09-2012, 06:40 AM
 
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Quite a surprise for a metro area of 1.30 million people. Ranked 33rd.

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Old 08-09-2012, 07:11 AM
 
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Yeah - there was recently a thread on here regarding the healthcare debate and how it will affect Hartford. Like the healthcare reform or not, it will certainly make Hartford *incredibly* more profitable. I suspect in years following, you see Hartford creep up.

Funny - growing up in Fairfield County I always viewed Hartford as a few steps below. After doing some work in the city and getting to know it, I've been very surprised at how affluent, mature and progressive the area is.
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Old 08-09-2012, 07:27 AM
 
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What equally shocked me was seeing Bridgeport on there (ranked even higher than Hartford).

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30. Bridgeport, Connecticut

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT

$9.3 billion | China, Canada, Mexico | Chemicals, Transportation Equipment, Computer and Electronic Products

Claiming 46.9 percent of Connecticut’s exports, the Bridgeport metro area sends $1.8 billion worth of chemicals, $1.3 billion in transportation equipment and $677 million in computers and electronics to the world. All three cities access I-95, the 1,925 mile East Coast highway spanning Maine to Florida. The cities also hug the Long Island Sound, offering maritime diversions such as Norwalk’s Aquarium, tall ships and the annual Oyster Festival. –Marlene Piturro
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Old 08-09-2012, 07:40 AM
 
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What equally shocked me was seeing Bridgeport on there (ranked even higher than Hartford).
That's because Bridgeport is grouped in with Stamford and Norwalk.
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Old 08-09-2012, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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I wouldn't declare Hartford as a world class city, or even a nation class city. However, it is very challenging to find a better metro area in the U.S. I don't love it, but I admit, it has almost everything. It's progressive, educated, has excellent school systems, and isn't too large or too small. There are plenty of jobs, and I never had a problem finding a job around here. And there's ample shopping spread throughout. It has four seasons, is gay friendly (although it severely lacks gay nightlife), and plenty of healthcare services spread out. I'm also 100% italian, so I fit right in lol. There are no severe traffic congestion issues, either, and there is an international airport, which is nice. However, I wouldn't say it's an exciting place to live for singles aged 20 - 35. That's my main issue with it, really. And I do wish it was slightly slower paced. But, oh well.

My friend and I have been looking at numerous other metro areas throughout the country and it's very challenging to find one that seems like it would be better to live in. There's always a significant problem with any other metro area, whether it be lack of jobs, intolerance of gay people, extremely high costs of living, extreme climates or weather patterns, or very different cultures that I just don't feel like getting used to or that I would fit into. Some metro areas are also very isolated and lack amenities that I may actually want to use on occasion. And then of course, most of my family is here, which is a plus. It also has varied terrain, such as beaches and hiking.

But we're still trying to find that better place. Sigh.

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Old 08-09-2012, 08:56 AM
 
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I wouldn't declare Hartford as a world class city, or even a nation class city. However, it is very challenging to find a better metro area in the U.S. I don't love it, but I admit, it has almost everything. It's progressive, educated, has excellent school systems, and isn't too large or too small. There are plenty of jobs, and I never had a problem finding a job around here. And there's ample shopping spread throughout. It has four seasons, is gay friendly (although it severely lacks gay nightlife), and plenty of healthcare services spread out. I'm also 100% italian, so I fit right in lol. However, I wouldn't say it's an exciting place to live for singles aged 20 - 35. That's my main issue with it, really. And I do wish it was slightly slower paced. But, oh well.

My friend and I have been looking at numerous other metro areas throughout the country and it's very challenging to find one that seems like it would be better to live in. There's always a significant problem with any other metro area, whether it be lack of jobs, intolerance of gay people, extremely high costs of living, extreme climates or weather patterns, or very different cultures that I just don't feel like getting used to or that I would fit into. Some metro areas are also very isolated and lack amenities that I may actually want to use on occasion. And then of course, most of my family is here, which is a plus.

But we're still trying to find that better place. Sigh.
My best friend is gay, and he, too, had difficulty finding a metro area within Connecticut to live in from a Progressive, Gay-Friendly perspective.

He's living in Boston now, which is (of course) incredibly gay-friendly. But while he was in Connecticut, he was living near New London. He often misses the small-town vibe that New London offers with its hippy, accepting, artsy and eclectic attitudes. Unless you work for Pfizer, Electric Boat, or one of the Casinos, or a local Hopsital, he said the job market was quite poor.

Although Hartford's job market is superior to that of New Haven (sans the Yale University/Hospital system), I think New Haven might be the next best metro-area that may fit your needs. It's also very progressive, artsy and gay-friendly. Many people on the forum, including myself, have touted New Haven for turning itself around during the last decade.
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Old 08-09-2012, 08:59 AM
 
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I wouldn't declare Hartford as a world class city, or even a nation class city. However, it is very challenging to find a better metro area in the U.S. I don't love it, but I admit, it has almost everything. It's progressive, educated, has excellent school systems, and isn't too large or too small. There are plenty of jobs, and I never had a problem finding a job around here. And there's ample shopping spread throughout. It has four seasons, is gay friendly (although it severely lacks gay nightlife), and plenty of healthcare services spread out. I'm also 100% italian, so I fit right in lol. There are no severe traffic congestion issues, either, and there is an international airport, which is nice. However, I wouldn't say it's an exciting place to live for singles aged 20 - 35. That's my main issue with it, really. And I do wish it was slightly slower paced. But, oh well.

My friend and I have been looking at numerous other metro areas throughout the country and it's very challenging to find one that seems like it would be better to live in. There's always a significant problem with any other metro area, whether it be lack of jobs, intolerance of gay people, extremely high costs of living, extreme climates or weather patterns, or very different cultures that I just don't feel like getting used to or that I would fit into. Some metro areas are also very isolated and lack amenities that I may actually want to use on occasion. And then of course, most of my family is here, which is a plus. It also has varied terrain, such as beaches and hiking.

But we're still trying to find that better place. Sigh.
Pretty good post, Nep.
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Old 08-09-2012, 09:04 AM
 
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I sincerely doubt anyone would make the claim that Hartford is a World Class city simply because it has a lot of economic might. Don't forget it still is more or less the Insurance Capital of the planet and at one time there were more financial transactions (by total dollar value) than every city in the country except San Franciso, NYC and Chicago.

Currently I live in Kansas City and I get a kick out of some of the clowns here that "think" KC is a World Class city. When I heard Hall of Fame QB Len Dawson make that claim on a TV sports report one night in 2006 I nearly bust a gut laughing. Hartford is a vastly superior region to the KC region and is much more sophisticated than any city in Missouri. And certainly it possesses more economic might on the world stage as this report indicates.
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Old 08-09-2012, 11:33 AM
 
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Quite a surprise for a metro area of 1.30 million people. Ranked 33rd.

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I also posted a recent article that showed the Hartford metro has the highest per capita GDP output in the world. Pretty impressive if you ask me.

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Funny - growing up in Fairfield County I always viewed Hartford as a few steps below. After doing some work in the city and getting to know it, I've been very surprised at how affluent, mature and progressive the area is.
That's nice of you to say, thank you. I too had similar experience. I started migrating up here over a 15ish year period and now that I've lived in the metro proper for 10 years I feel the same way. I've also been really discovering Eastern CT. Towns like Mansfield, Willington, Storrs, Columbia, Lebanon etc are really really nice if you dig a little. The white trash, poverty, sister kissing, wife beating stereotype just isn't warranted IMO.
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Old 08-09-2012, 12:16 PM
 
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I also posted a recent article that showed the Hartford metro has the highest per capita GDP output in the world. Pretty impressive if you ask me.



That's nice of you to say, thank you. I too had similar experience. I started migrating up here over a 15ish year period and now that I've lived in the metro proper for 10 years I feel the same way. I've also been really discovering Eastern CT. Towns like Mansfield, Willington, Storrs, Columbia, Lebanon etc are really really nice if you dig a little. The white trash, poverty, sister kissing, wife beating stereotype just isn't warranted IMO.
I read that article a while back. The work ethic in CT is still better than most areas of the country.

If you want to see the stereotype trashy behavior that you describe then by all means visit the Kansas City area (where I presently live). Even supposedly well heeled, and affluent people act like the bottom of the barrel. I'm outta here...
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