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Old 01-18-2013, 10:46 AM
 
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I'm curious because this area seems to not identify with other areas (ie Boston or NY) to the extent that other parts of Connecticut do. Are people in this region of southeast Connecticut open and friendly, generally speaking? Or are they more reserved? To people who moved from another area, have you found the people polite and friendly? Locals, what's your take?
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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Most of the experiences I've had with people in the southeast corner have been positive. IMO, they're a lot like Rhode Islanders - a little gruff and straightforward but generally kind.
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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It's definitely one of the more down-to-earth areas in CT. Like anywhere in this region, you have to put in the effort to be outgoing and friendly and people will respond.
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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It's definitely one of the more down-to-earth areas in CT. Like anywhere in this region, you have to put in the effort to be outgoing and friendly and people will respond.
Agreed, but people are used to the idea that the Navy, Coast Guard and casinos bring in people from all over. Also, Mystic and the beaches are a tourist attraction, and I think the locals are relieved when the tourists go home. If you are inclined, join a church and you will meet the locals.

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Old 01-24-2013, 08:18 AM
 
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There's a pretty odd mix of people around here. Some people are super cool, and there's a lot of people that should be put away in a dark place forever. Once you spend a little time in the area you find the good spots. I live in Norwich, and there are a few good bars and restaurants here with a great crowd. I used to live in Mystic, and that was an incredible place, there's always a bar open there with a good friendly crowd at night, and the same can be said for New London. Just find your happy spots, and this little corner of CT isn't so bad at all.
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:12 PM
 
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the tax mill rate in Norwich is 31.10
very high.
how is the rental market there ? I would think
rents are not cheap because landlords have to
defer the high assessments and tax rate.
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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31.10 is not very high. It is right in line with many other towns and much lower than the cities.
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Old 02-21-2013, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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31.10 is not that high when you consider the lower property values in Norwich compared with many other areas of the state.
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:51 PM
 
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Norwich actually has two mill rates- one for the city as already noted and one for the town of Norwich which is 26.90. Yes, it's one of those crazy CT city within a town situations. The city mill rate is for the built up areas that most people associate with Norwich. The town is the more outer, suburban areas.

People in the region do tend to hyperventilate over Norwich's mill rate. While not high at all as compared to much of CT, it's high for the area. The gorgeous town of Stonington has a mill rate under 16 for example. New London is under 27. However, as with all cities, mill rates are higher to provide services to those heavily developed areas, dense populations.
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:11 AM
 
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There are houses for sale in Norwich for less than half
their appraised value. Some far less. For example I am
considering one that is not even a real fixer upper for
35% its appraised value, i looked at the tax bill as paid
from the city website, at 31.1 rate. It comes out to
8.65% per year tax if the amount paid is the "for sale" price.
I realize most cities and towns overinflate the assessed values.
(especially the ones with high costs for services)
Put it this way I thought our tax rate here in Cranston
was horrible, and it is at 24, that's quite a jump to 31
and it's something I have to consider if I want to own
in Norwich.. because over time it adds up especially if
I own the house for 5+ years. For example a $1600 difference
in taxes for similar properties equates to $8,000 less profit
in a 5 yr period.
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