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87. Hamden, CT
Hamden
WINNER
Top 100 rank: 87
Population: 58,000
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Do you prefer the beach or the mountains? Can't decide? Hamden might be the place for you.

Just a 10-minute commute to either Sleeping Giant State Park or to the Connecticut shoreline, Hamden provides a mix of suburban-style living with college-town energy.

Quinnipiac University is in the heart of Hamden, and both Yale and New Haven University are nearby. Small businesses and restaurants abound here. --N.A.

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Hamden stats
  City stats Best places avg.
Median family income
(per year)
$81,464 $90,957
Job growth %
(2000-2009)*
4.05% 15.71%
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Median home price $203,000 $239,391
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Test scores reading
(% above/below state average)
11.5% 22.9%
Test scores math
(% above/below average)
6.9% 22.9%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 2 2
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 25 24
Restaurants
(within 15 miles)
2,586 2,967
High temp in July ° F 83.0° 86.2°
Low temp in Jan ° F 16.5° 21.3°
Median age 38.1 35.3
Financial City stats Best places avg.
Median family income
(per year)
$81,464 $90,957
Family purchasing power
(annual, cost-of-living adjusted)
$66,556 $86,860
State sales tax 6.00% 5.45%
State income tax rate
(highest bracket)
6.50%I 7.35%
State income tax rate
(lowest bracket)
3.00%I 2.96%
Auto insurance premiums
(Average price quotes, for the state)
$2,016 $1,707
Job growth %
(2000-2009)*
4.05% 15.71%
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Housing
Median home price $203,000 $239,391
Average property taxes N.A. $3,418
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Education
Colleges, universities and
professional schools (within 30 miles)
19 25
Test scores reading
(% above/below state average)
11.5% 22.9%
Test scores math
(% above/below average)
6.9% 22.9%
% students attending public/private
schools (located within town limits)
82.0/18.0 87.8/12.2
Quality of life
Air quality index*
(% of days AQI ranked as good)
71.0% 77.8%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 2 2
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 25 24
Median commute time (in minutes) 18.7 21.4
% population with commute
45 mins. or longer
9.2% 13.6%
% population walk or bike to work 4.2% 3.6%
Leisure and culture
Movie theaters
(within 15 miles)
23 31
Restaurants
(within 15 miles)
2,586 2,967
Bars
(within 15 miles)
113 207
Public golf courses
(within 30 miles)
221 162
Libraries
(within 15 miles)
83 72
Museums (accredited by AAM;
within 30 miles)
14 10
Ski resorts (within 100 miles) 32 12
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts) 2.1 1.5
Weather
Annual rainfall
(inches)
51.92 37.40
% clear days in the area 27 29
High temp in July ° F 83.0° 86.2°
Low temp in Jan ° F 16.5° 21.3°
Median age 38.1 35.3
Completed at least some college
(% of residents)
62.6% 71.5%
Married % 47.4% 56.6%
Divorced % 7.9% 8.4%
Racial diversity index
(100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity)
106.8 94.9
From the August 2010 issue
Notes: *County data

(I) Income tax notes:
For joint returns, the taxes are twice the tax imposed on half the income.
Combined personal exemptions and standard deduction. An additional tax credit is allowed ranging from 75% to 0% based on state adjusted gross income. Exemption amounts are phased out for higher income taxpayers until they are eliminated for households earning over $61,000.
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