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Top 14 CT Towns Everyone's Moving To

Counting down the towns that attract the most new homeowners and the ones with the least turnover.

Photo Credit: Cathy Cline via Wikipedia Commons
Photo Credit: Cathy Cline via Wikipedia Commons
Picking the right community to buy a home in requires careful consideration, including weighing several factors from cost of living to keeping up with the standard of living. And while it’s not always best to go with the crowd, a look at which towns are attracting the most new homeowners can be helpful.

This week’s set of data breaks down how many new homeowner have moved in to each town or community and where they came from — moving within the same county or coming from a different county, state or county.

The figures also show how long homeowners have lived in their town and the number of residents who were in the same home 1 year prior.

The list above counts down the 14 towns with the most new homeowners per capita and the communities with the least newcomers are listed below.

Learn more about each metric and find an interactive map of every town and community in Connecticut, coded by the median years lived in town, here.

Along with the 14 communities with the lowest number of new homeowners per capita, 10 communities had no neighbors come to town: Gilman, Montville, Hanover, Rogers, East Canaan, Pine Meadow, Middle Haddam, Wauregan, Oneco and South Lyme.

Most of those 10 have very few households — such as Hanover, with only 19 owner-occupied homes — though others are large, like East Canaan, with 653 homeowners.

These communities also tended to have higher median years in town, with a median of more than 44 years in both Hanover and Rogers (58 households).

Lowest Number of New Homeowners per Capita


Washington, Washington Depot
  • New Homeowners per Capita: 2.07
  • Homeowner Households: 1,643
  • Median Years in Town: 26
  • Same Home 1 Year Ago: 1,609
  • Percent in Same Home: 97.93 percent
  • New Homeowners: 34
  • Moved within County: 0
  • Percent Moved within County: 0 percent
  • Moved from Different County: 0
  • Percent from Different County: 0 percent
  • Moved from Different State: 34
  • Percent from Different State: 100 percent
  • Moved from Abroad: 0
  • Percent from Abroad: 0 percent

Putnam
  • New Homeowners per Capita: 2.00
  • Homeowner Households: 5,152
  • Median Years in Town: 18
  • Same Home 1 Year Ago: 5,049
  • Percent in Same Home: 98.00 percent
  • New Homeowners: 103
  • Moved within County: 83
  • Percent Moved within County: 80.58 percent
  • Moved from Different County: 3
  • Percent from Different County: 2.91 percent
  • Moved from Different State: 0
  • Percent from Different State: 0 percent
  • Moved from Abroad: 17
  • Percent from Abroad: 16.50 percent

Beacon Falls
  • New Homeowners per Capita: 1.91
  • Homeowner Households: 5,287
  • Median Years in Town: 15
  • Same Home 1 Year Ago: 5,186
  • Percent in Same Home: 98.09 percent
  • New Homeowners: 101
  • Moved within County: 53
  • Percent Moved within County: 52.48 percent
  • Moved from Different County: 10
  • Percent from Different County: 9.90 percent
  • Moved from Different State: 13
  • Percent from Different State: 12.87 percent
  • Moved from Abroad: 25
  • Percent from Abroad: 24.75 percent

Durham
  • New Homeowners per Capita: 1.88
  • Homeowner Households: 6,873
  • Median Years in Town: 18
  • Same Home 1 Year Ago: 6,744
  • Percent in Same Home: 98.12 percent
  • New Homeowners: 129
  • Moved within County: 41
  • Percent Moved within County: 31.78 percent
  • Moved from Different County: 13
  • Percent from Different County: 10.08 percent
  • Moved from Different State: 36
  • Percent from Different State: 27.91 percent
  • Moved from Abroad: 39
  • Percent from Abroad: 30.23 percent

Harwinton
  • New Homeowners per Capita: 1.79
  • Homeowner Households: 5,428
  • Median Years in Town: 19
  • Same Home 1 Year Ago: 5,331
  • Percent in Same Home: 98.21 percent
  • New Homeowners: 97
  • Moved within County: 78
  • Percent Moved within County: 80.41 percent
  • Moved from Different County: 8
  • Percent from Different County: 8.25 percent
  • Moved from Different State: 0
  • Percent from Different State: 0 percent
  • Moved from Abroad: 11
  • Percent from Abroad: 11.34 percent

Madison
  • New Homeowners per Capita: 1.74
  • Homeowner Households: 16,263
  • Median Years in Town: 14
  • Same Home 1 Year Ago: 15,980
  • Percent in Same Home: 98.26 percent
  • New Homeowners: 283
  • Moved within County: 72
  • Percent Moved within County: 25.44 percent
  • Moved from Different County: 185
  • Percent from Different County: 65.37 percent
  • Moved from Different State: 10
  • Percent from Different State: 3.53 percent
  • Moved from Abroad: 16
  • Percent from Abroad: 5.65 percent

Gaylordsville
  • New Homeowners per Capita: 1.40
  • Homeowner Households: 1,071
  • Median Years in Town: 16
  • Same Home 1 Year Ago: 1,056
  • Percent in Same Home: 98.60 percent
  • New Homeowners: 15
  • Moved within County: 0
  • Percent Moved within County: 0 percent
  • Moved from Different County: 15
  • Percent from Different County: 100 percent
  • Moved from Different State: 0
  • Percent from Different State: 0 percent
  • Moved from Abroad: 0
  • Percent from Abroad: 0 percent

Colebrook
  • New Homeowners per Capita: 1.34
  • Homeowner Households: 298
  • Median Years in Town: 19
  • Same Home 1 Year Ago: 294
  • Percent in Same Home: 98.66 percent
  • New Homeowners: 4
  • Moved within County: 4
  • Percent Moved within County: 100 percent
  • Moved from Different County: 0
  • Percent from Different County: 0 percent
  • Moved from Different State: 0
  • Percent from Different State: 0 percent
  • Moved from Abroad: 0
  • Percent from Abroad: 0 percent

Hebron
  • New Homeowners per Capita: 1.12
  • Homeowner Households: 9,022
  • Median Years in Town: 14
  • Same Home 1 Year Ago: 8,921
  • Percent in Same Home: 98.88 percent
  • New Homeowners: 101
  • Moved within County: 0
  • Percent Moved within County: 0 percent
  • Moved from Different County: 58
  • Percent from Different County: 57.43 percent
  • Moved from Different State: 29
  • Percent from Different State: 28.71 percent
  • Moved from Abroad: 14
  • Percent from Abroad: 13.86 percent

West Cornwall
  • New Homeowners per Capita: 0.92
  • Homeowner Households: 871
  • Median Years in Town: 20
  • Same Home 1 Year Ago: 863
  • Percent in Same Home: 99.08 percent
  • New Homeowners: 8
  • Moved within County: 0
  • Percent Moved within County: 0 percent
  • Moved from Different County: 0
  • Percent from Different County: 0 percent
  • Moved from Different State: 4
  • Percent from Different State: 50 percent
  • Moved from Abroad: 4
  • Percent from Abroad: 50 percent

Bethlehem
  • New Homeowners per Capita: 0.80
  • Homeowner Households: 3,014
  • Median Years in Town: 17
  • Same Home 1 Year Ago: 2,990
  • Percent in Same Home: 99.20 percent
  • New Homeowners: 24
  • Moved within County: 0
  • Percent Moved within County: 0 percent
  • Moved from Different County: 15
  • Percent from Different County: 62.50 percent
  • Moved from Different State: 9
  • Percent from Different State: 37.50 percent
  • Moved from Abroad: 0
  • Percent from Abroad: 0 percent

Plymouth
  • New Homeowners per Capita: 0.76
  • Homeowner Households: 2,102
  • Median Years in Town: 18
  • Same Home 1 Year Ago: 2,086
  • Percent in Same Home: 99.24 percent
  • New Homeowners: 16
  • Moved within County: 7
  • Percent Moved within County: 43.75 percent
  • Moved from Different County: 9
  • Percent from Different County: 56.25 percent
  • Moved from Different State: 0
  • Percent from Different State: 0 percent
  • Moved from Abroad: 0
  • Percent from Abroad: 0 percent

Kent
  • New Homeowners per Capita: 0.74
  • Homeowner Households: 1,352
  • Median Years in Town: 19
  • Same Home 1 Year Ago: 1,342
  • Percent in Same Home: 99.26 percent
  • New Homeowners: 10
  • Moved within County: 0
  • Percent Moved within County: 0 percent
  • Moved from Different County: 4
  • Percent from Different County: 40 percent
  • Moved from Different State: 6
  • Percent from Different State: 60 percent
  • Moved from Abroad: 0
  • Percent from Abroad: 0 percent

Northford
  • New Homeowners per Capita: 0.71
  • Homeowner Households: 6,309
  • Median Years in Town: 19
  • Same Home 1 Year Ago: 6,264
  • Percent in Same Home: 99.29 percent
  • New Homeowners: 45
  • Moved within County: 29
  • Percent Moved within County: 64.44 percent
  • Moved from Different County: 16
  • Percent from Different County: 35.56 percent
  • Moved from Different State: 0
  • Percent from Different State: 0 percent
  • Moved from Abroad: 0
  • Percent from Abroad: 0 percent
Nancy May 13, 2014 at 07:12 AM
I can't get to the other towns of which Avon is #14?!
CowDung May 13, 2014 at 12:31 PM
The whole Patch network of sites is buggy, Trish. Note that your reply isn't visible here, but it is displayed on the 'Shout Stream' on the main page.
Harry May 13, 2014 at 02:43 PM
Anyone see the news last night regarding schools closing in Glastonbury because of a big drop off with enrollment. People moving out in droves, why?? All we hear from Malloy is CT is in an economic boom, 50k jobs created... Sooo why is everyone wanting out if things are so great now? I wonder if they include the 300+ folks who just lost their jobs in south Windsor in that 50k number. How many of those jobs are part time? What are you liberal wackadoos going to do when the entire tax base leaves, how many schools will be closed, how many teachers need to lose their jobs before you wake up? I wonder if this can all be turned around, or it it too late and we all need to move out...
frederick j. vollhardt May 13, 2014 at 03:47 PM
Harry, Speaking of Malloy, did you catch his interview with Mark Davis in which he said he was going to lower taxes in his second term? When the reporter told him none of the voters believe him, he arrogantly replied that is because we do not understand how government works. We all know the Democrat way, lie, shift blame raise taxes and run again because it is always "George Bush's fault!!"
L.ofgalloway May 19, 2014 at 10:19 AM
Liberal wackadoos? Really? If you chose to belong to a certain political party, that is your choice. It's called Democracy. No need for juvenile name calling. People can not be labeled to fit into what the 'media' has conveniently separated into groups to boost their ratings. We are all Americans and should be working, and voting intelligently to solve our problems.

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