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Old 02-26-2013, 01:58 PM
 
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I have a friend who has a job opportunity in Waterbury, but is concerned about living in that city because it doesn't exactly have a good reputation. Are there any nice neighborhoods in Waterbury and/or nice towns around Waterbury? Looking for something safe, family friendly, not rural and preferably walkable. Thoughts?
I grew up here and in the surrounding areas.....better parts of Waterbury are Town Plot (west end), Hopeville (south end), Upper North Main St (Bucks Hill area), and the East side closer to Cheshire/Prospect.

All of these areas are in Waterbury and have bus transportation and taxi service. There are usually corner stores within walking distance in every neighborhood. The closer you get to "downtown" the worse it is. I wouldn't move here unless you have a job, it's expensive.

No city is "safe". There are criminals everywhere. Waterbury isn't heavily populated and isn't any worse then it was 10 years ago. Cops are every where patrolling. I wouldn't go out after dark no matter where I lived, just practice general safety percautions and you will be fine.
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Route 8 between Naugatuck and Beacon Falls is a white knuckle ride in bad weather. I drove that road for 10 years and I'm glad I don't have to do that anymore. I've seen too many cars end up in the Naugatuck river. Waterbury has plenty of amenities even if it isn't the best place to live. I grew up in Naugatuck but drove to Waterbury for almost everything. Most of the towns around Waterbury are bedroom communities but it's easy to get used to.
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Old 02-28-2013, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Beacon Falls, CT
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Route 8 between Naugatuck and Beacon Falls is a white knuckle ride in bad weather. I drove that road for 10 years and I'm glad I don't have to do that anymore. I've seen too many cars end up in the Naugatuck river. Waterbury has plenty of amenities even if it isn't the best place to live. I grew up in Naugatuck but drove to Waterbury for almost everything. Most of the towns around Waterbury are bedroom communities but it's easy to get used to.
I agree wholeheartedly. I live in Beacon Falls and currently go to Naugatuck Valley Community College. In the winter months, I get off at exit 26 and take 63 the rest of the way. Similarly, on the way home, I take 63 and eventually turn onto 42. It's a few extra minutes and a little more gas, but I value safety over both. I don't feel particularly safe in rain or snow on Route 8.
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