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37. Tolland, CT
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Top 100 rank: 37
Population: 15,000
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This charming rural town has done a great job preserving its historic district, Tolland Green, which dates to the 1700s. While Tolland is home to several businesses--tech firms Gerber Scientific and CNC Software are based here--many residents commute to Hartford, 22 miles away. The University of Connecticut, 10 miles from here, provides cultural as well as job opportunities. And the townís two popular parks provide a slew of athletic fields, hiking trails, and a swimming area for families to enjoy. --N.D.
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Tolland stats
  City stats Best places avg.
Median family income
(per year)
$107,735 $99,975
Job growth %
16.53% 24.63%
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Median home price N.A. $265,929
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Test scores reading
(% above/below state average)
30.6% 25.1%
Test scores math
(% above/below average)
19.1% 24.7%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 13 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 63 16
(within 15 miles)
1,232 2,758
High temp in July ° F 70.6° 84.1°
Low temp in Jan ° F 22.9° 20.9°
Median age 40.2 36.35
Financial City stats Best places avg.
Median family income
(per year)
$107,735 $99,975
Family purchasing power
(annual, cost-of-living adjusted)
$88,525 $95,706
State sales tax 6.00% 5.75%
State income tax rate
(highest bracket)
6.50%I 7.37%
State income tax rate
(lowest bracket)
3.00%I 3.13%
Auto insurance premiums
(Average price quotes, for the state)
$2,063 $1,687
Job growth %
16.53% 24.63%
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Median home price N.A. $265,929
Average property taxes
$4,464 $4,083
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Colleges, universities and
professional schools (within 30 miles)
19 28
Test scores reading
(% above/below state average)
30.6% 25.1%
Test scores math
(% above/below average)
19.1% 24.7%
% students attending public/private
schools (located within town limits)
100.0/0.0 92.1/7.9
Quality of life
Air quality index*
(% of days AQI ranked as good)
84.0% 78.5%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 13 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 63 16
Median commute time (in minutes) 25.9 23.3
% population with commute
45 mins. or longer
13.3% 15.4%
% population walk or bike to work 0.4% 2.6%
Leisure and culture
Movie theaters
(within 15 miles)
18 30
(within 15 miles)
1,232 2,758
(within 15 miles)
60 208
Public golf courses
(within 30 miles)
190 165
(within 15 miles)
83 74
Museums (accredited by AAM;
within 30 miles)
10 10
Ski resorts (within 100 miles) 41 16
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts) 1.8 1.2
Annual rainfall
43.54 39.07
% clear days in the area 23 27
High temp in July ° F 70.6° 84.1°
Low temp in Jan ° F 22.95° 20.9°
Median age 40.2 36.35
Completed at least some college
(% of residents)
73.1% 74.5%
Married % 70.6% 61.5%
Divorced % 5.5% 7.6%
Racial diversity index
(100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity)
28.2 71.0
From the September 2011 issue
Notes: *County data
(3) Crime incidences are estimates based on FBI 2009 Universal Crime and incidence reports, OnBoard analysis.

(I) Income tax notes:
For joint returns, taxes are twice the tax on half the couple's income.
Connecticut's personal exemption incorporates a 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 $71,000.
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