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Old 02-05-2013, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Mass
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Hello,
I am moving to Connecticut from Massachusetts. My husband works in Hartford and I was wondering what city or town is safe to live in. . Also I have a daughter in high school and she is on a swim team and was wondering what area would be good for a 16yr old. Any information you can share is appreciated.

Thank you,
Debbie
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Out in the stix
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We moved from NY to Glastonbury ct about 8 years ago, a nicer safer town you will be hard pressed to find. Superb school district.
And only a few miles from Hartford up rt 2.
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:50 PM
 
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I would not recommend Hartford itself. I would also be careful about Windsor, Bloomfield, East Hartford, New Britain, Manchester, Bristol, maybe Plainville - their school ratings are lower than that of other suburbs. Just about every town has its own swim team, and nearly every high school will have a girls swim team. Take a look at the Greatschools website - towns that have schools that are consistently ranking less than 7 are not a great choice. If all you're looking for are good schools and a swim team, you really have a very wide range of towns to choose from. What is your price range? Do you want rural, or do you want walkable inner ring suburbs? Stuff for your 16 yr old to be able to walk to? Give us more info.
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:50 PM
 
Location: New London County, CT
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West Hartford
South Windsor
Glastonbury
Simsbury
Avon
Farmington

All nice towns.
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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West Hartford
South Windsor
Glastonbury
Simsbury
Avon
Farmington

All nice towns.
I'll second this list and add a few more (these are more second tier towns - more affordable but still good schools):

Wethersfield
Canton
Marlborough
Burlington
Bolton
Coventry
New Hartford
Rocky Hill
Cromwell
Granby
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Cheshire is a nice town which has a fabulous high school girls swimming team. They went undefeated from 1986 until their streak was broken in 2011.
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Guilford, CT & NYC
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Guilford, Madison, Avon & Simsbury have great schools. The first two are on the LI Sound about 40min.
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Kidyankee's list & Mlassoff's list are great suggestions. From Kidyankee's tier 2 towns I really like Canton because of the artist community and town events. Great sense of community. The I-95 corridor (Guilford & Madison) is a long commute.

Thinking about the pretty farm & suburban towns in northern CT makes me sad. I'm stuck in Fairfield County until early 2014. Debbie, you will absolutely love it in that part of the state. Very charming areas.
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:28 AM
 
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Guilford, Madison, Avon & Simsbury have great schools. The first two are on the LI Sound about 40min.
I would gouge my eyes out if I had to drive from Guilford or Madison to Hartford every day. There are plenty of great towns in the Hartford area, why make it tough on yourself?
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:53 AM
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Its actually easier to talk about the towns that are the least nice and least safe, simply due to how many there are. Otherwise, I would say that almost every town is nice and safe to live in. lol
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