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Old 04-16-2019, 08:10 AM
 
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This Chamber of Commerce video on Milford, while self-promotional, does capture the livability and appeal of a CT small town beach community.


https://youtu.be/S349zmGDSOw
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Old 04-16-2019, 10:51 AM
 
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This Chamber of Commerce video on Milford, while self-promotional, does capture the livability and appeal of a CT small town beach community.


https://youtu.be/S349zmGDSOw
That was funded by the city itself, but yes, itís well done.
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Old 04-16-2019, 10:56 PM
 
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Shhhh, the greatness of Milford is our secret!
Your secret is being exposed by the Dan Patrick Show, which opens its new studios on Naugatuck Ave this Friday, after moving out of the one over Subway downtown.
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Old 04-17-2019, 11:56 AM
 
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I'm surprised at some of the pooh pooh'ing of Milford.

As a long-time Stratford resident (been living since 1997), Milford has always been a great gem. I find the conveniences of Route 1 to be awesome, and if you escape 1 or 2 streets in, you get quiet residential neighborhoods and town-like amenities (like the Downtown Green). It's a great "jack of all trades."

Some of it may be psychological. When I think of Milford, I immediately think of downtown, Route 1, the beaches, and the neighborhoods bordering Orange. I don't think of Devon, the industrial parks, or the neighborhoods along the Housatonic River. Similarly, I also lump Milford and Orange together (even though the latter is a bit more affluent) given how the residents and geographies blend together nicely.

That all said, I do feel like Milford has begun to feel less nice compared to 10 years ago -- just like Stratford. I'm not referring to actual statistics like crime rate or property value, but rather a psychological day-to-day feel. Less desirable residents from Bridgeport, West Haven, and to some degree Stratford, are all hanging out more in Milford and Orange making it feel this way.
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Old 04-17-2019, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Some of it may be psychological. When I think of Milford, I immediately think of downtown, Route 1, the beaches, and the neighborhoods bordering Orange. I don't think of Devon, the industrial parks, or the neighborhoods along the Housatonic River. Similarly, I also lump Milford and Orange together (even though the latter is a bit more affluent) given how the residents and geographies blend together nicely.
Housatonic Drive area is really nice along the river.

Orange has a higher average income but Milford actually has more affluence due to waterfront properties. There are several hundred homes near the million and up range because of that. To me, Milford is just more economically diverse, from working class to wealthy. Orange is pretty solidly upper middle class.

I haven't felt in person what you're talking about with less desirable people hanging out in Milford now. Just reading some headlines about the mall and the hopefully-soon-to-be-closed Hookah lounge. As a resident that's been there for 9 years, it's always felt pretty safe and I haven't experienced any of that firsthand. And the crime rate is actually lower now than it was when I moved there.
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Old 04-17-2019, 01:01 PM
 
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Housatonic Drive area is really nice along the river.

Orange has a higher average income but Milford actually has more affluence due to waterfront properties. There are several hundred homes near the million and up range because of that. To me, Milford is just more economically diverse, from working class to wealthy. Orange is pretty solidly upper middle class.

I haven't felt in person what you're talking about with less desirable people hanging out in Milford now. Just reading some headlines about the mall and the hopefully-soon-to-be-closed Hookah lounge. As a resident that's been there for 9 years, it's always felt pretty safe and I haven't experienced any of that firsthand. And the crime rate is actually lower now than it was when I moved there.
I would not say Milford is overall more affluent than Orange. According to Data USA, 18.3% of Orange households have an income of over $200k, the largest group. 9% of Milford households make the same, with the largest group being 75k to 100k. In both communities, 2% of the housing stock is $1m or more.
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Old 04-17-2019, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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I would not say Milford is overall more affluent than Orange. According to Data USA, 18.3% of Orange households have an income of over $200k, the largest group. 9% of Milford households make the same, with the largest group being 75k to 100k. In both communities, 2% of the housing stock is $1m or more.
I wasn't talking averages clearly. On that measure Orange objectively is more affluent. Pure quantity. And $1MM+ homes are pretty common on the water in Milford. A $1MM+ home in Orange is pretty rare.
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Old 04-17-2019, 02:18 PM
 
Location: W Hartford, CT
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I would not say Milford is overall more affluent than Orange. According to Data USA, 18.3% of Orange households have an income of over $200k, the largest group. 9% of Milford households make the same, with the largest group being 75k to 100k. In both communities, 2% of the housing stock is $1m or more.
Orange is definitely more affluent, but in the last few years, it seems anytime anything new is built in Milford, it's a large, luxury property on the water or close proximity to it, and they're REALLY expensive. Maybe other people can afford a waterside condo in the mid-six figures, but I certainly can't!


Overall it just seems there's more going on in Milford and IMO that's the appeal: more walkable neighborhoods, more nightlife, etc. I admit I don't know the town well, but from my own experiences I like it a lot.
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Old 04-17-2019, 02:39 PM
 
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I wasn't talking averages clearly. On that measure Orange objectively is more affluent. Pure quantity. And $1MM+ homes are pretty common on the water in Milford. A $1MM+ home in Orange is pretty rare.
Eh, using that metric, one could say Bridgeport is more affluent than Shelton or Stratford because it has a higher number of million dollar homes. I wouldn’t say that’s the case. Percentages or per capita, IMO, are always better ways to gauge.
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Old 04-17-2019, 02:41 PM
 
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Orange is definitely more affluent, but in the last few years, it seems anytime anything new is built in Milford, it's a large, luxury property on the water or close proximity to it, and they're REALLY expensive. Maybe other people can afford a waterside condo in the mid-six figures, but I certainly can't!


Overall it just seems there's more going on in Milford and IMO that's the appeal: more walkable neighborhoods, more nightlife, etc. I admit I don't know the town well, but from my own experiences I like it a lot.
Youíre definitely right about that. Milford has more nightlife, transportation options, amenities, etc. Orange is where you move if you want the sleepy bedroom community with top rated schools.
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