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Old 02-22-2013, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Central CT, sometimes NH.
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Really? I've heard a lot of bad things around these parts...but I have no clue.
Bristol is a traditional blue collar town. It is the home of many trades people and still has a fair number of manufacturing businesses. It is a safe, relatively quiet city, that is largely self-contained with good schools.

Bristol also has many nice neighborhoods and affordable homes.
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:43 PM
 
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Wow did this thread turn bizarre...

IMHO, the one that nails the OP's criteria the best is........








Enfield.

Huh? Where's that?
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Ubique
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I remember my uncle, an insurance agent used to talk to me for hours about CT towns. Back then it was easier I think to paint towns with one broad brush. Since manufacturing flight, many towns have been changing. It looks to me that except some expensive shore neighborhoods, most are no longer monolithic.
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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I'll have to agree with Bristol - the parks there are amazing. It has some very nice neighborhoods (Chippens Hill). There are museums and shopping. The downtown is lacking right now, but there is a plan to rebuild it.
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Manchester, Enfield, Bristol, Waterford, Colchester, East Hampton, Plainfield, Killingly and Vernon are the most quintessentially blue collar towns in CT. Eastern CT is more blue collar in general.
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:25 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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What about Bethel? One of my family members lives there, and I stayed with them for a while and thought it was very nice, but low key. Not sure if you would call it blue collar, but I did meet some folks who would fit in that category. Definitely struck me as middle class, by CT's standards.
Bethel is a mix of middle and upper middle class. I think it's a bit more upmarket than what this thread is referring to. It is inexpensive and down-to-earth compared to its neighbors to the south, but definitely is more expensive and higher income than most of the state.
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Old 02-23-2013, 05:48 AM
 
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Thanks, Stylo. I thought it was down to earth when I visited, but yet with a bit of charm. Very walkable, too, if you live in one of the homes close to town. But, I see your point.
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Old 02-23-2013, 06:07 AM
 
Location: Ubique
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Newington, East Hartford, Wallingford, Killingworth, many Eastern CT towns.

Some people mentioned Cromwell, Rocky Hill, Enfield, but they are solid white collar too. So is Southington.

There are quite a few blue collars residents in Madison and Guilford, especially northern parts of them. Likewise, there are many white collars in Clinton and Westbrook.
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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I can squeeze at least 5 more miles out if I measure more generously and include all of Indian Harbor and Cos Cob Harbor/Mianus Pond.
I would just assume the "longest coastline" claim is direct-facing Long Island frontage. In that case, it is 14 miles, the longest direct waterfront in CT - which is the number quoted in the NY Times and some bumper stickers I've seen.
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Eastern CT is more blue collar in general.
There's a lot of blue collar in eastern Litchfield County too: Torrington, Thomaston, Plymouth, Winchester, and Watertown.
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