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CT Magazine: Brookfield 13th Among 32 Towns

Town drops slightly in two years as 15,000-25,000 category grows.

Brookfield was ranked 13th among 32 small towns in Connecticut in the November issue of Connecticut Magazine's "Rating the Towns 2011."

According to the introductory article, "The goal of 'Rating the Towns' is to identify the areas — schools, crime, cost of living, local economy, leisure and cultural opportunities — that most people seem to think most important when they judge the quality of local life."

Authors Andrew Brady and Patricia Grandjean rated Connecticut towns in four categories based on population: 10,000 to 15,000; 15,000 to 25,000; 25,000 to 50,000; and over 50,000.

, Brookfield has 16,452 residents, putting it in the second group. Each of the 32 towns was ranked from one to 32 in each of five categories, with Ridgefield gaining the lowest score, 40, and therefore highest rank.

Brookfield broke into the Top 10 in Economy (8) and Crime (10), but suffered in Cost (26), Leisure (18) and Education (12), for a final score of 74. Brookfield ranks 13th behind Tolland (12th, 68), Guildford (11th, 68) and East Lyme (10th, 67.5).

No. 1 Ridgefield is followed by New Canaan (41), Avon (42) and Wilton (43), and nearby Southbury makes the Top 10 at No. 8, with a score of 66.5.

The last time Connecticut Magazine compiled a list of the top towns, November 2009, Brookfield placed 11th among 29 cities in its population range with a score of 65. By scale, Education and Economy have improved in the ranking since 2009, while Crime and Cost of Living have stayed relatively stable. The Leisure category saw the largest shift, from 13 (of 29) in 2009 to 18 (of 32) in 2011.

Follow this link for the full article on ConnecticutMag.com.

Steven DeVaux October 26, 2011 at 10:17 AM
It is a shame that after all the increases in spending, Brookfield fell apart in education. And after spending a half million dollars on a new kids kingdom, they fell also in leisure. A declining town apparently from the ratings. Kudo's to the police commission for breaking into the top ten.
Ray DiStephan October 26, 2011 at 12:19 PM
We live in a great town!
mike murphy October 26, 2011 at 04:14 PM
i agree brookfield is a great place to live. but it has many faults. more than 12 other towns in the area. and these problems have existed for years
Victor Katz October 26, 2011 at 05:30 PM
No town is perfect and Brookfield is no exception, but good things are happening to address problems old and new. See this link for a very comprehensive summary: http://brookfield.patch.com/articles/letter-to-the-editor-brookfield-is-a-fine-place-to-call-home
Chris Scott October 26, 2011 at 06:20 PM
Some folks look at a rain cloud and see the sky is falling. Others see water is on the way to make things grow. I choose to see the potential for things to grow and feel bad for those on whom the sky is always falling.
Catherine Malek October 26, 2011 at 10:07 PM
Uh, what article did you read? This one says the Education has improved in the ranking since 2009. Gee, let's see ... 2009? Oh yes, that's the year our education budget had a NEGATIVE increase! And the year before that Brookfield had the LOWEST education increase in the state. I'd say we're doing pretty darn well, no thanks to you and your vote no campaigns.
Jim Masullo October 27, 2011 at 02:48 PM
I'm not convinced this report contains the correct metrics or comprehensive enough data points for a robust assessment. SAT scores are of declining importantance for college admission and are at best a narrow one-demensional view on education. Where are metrics noting how well a town's students performed in college, college gpa, college grad rates, graduate program admission rates. That is just to comment on the education element of this assessment. Similar deficiencies can be detailed for each of the other elements of this study. As a result, this assessment does not pass the sniff test for me.

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