Life in Connecticut

With its urban skylines, classic New England villages and shoreline beaches, Connecticut offers something for everyone. The only New England State suburban to New York City, Connecticut is a thriving center of business with modern expressways, exceptional colleges and a diverse population.

Get more information about relocating to Connecticut at the MetroHartford Alliance.

Cost of living

The cost of living in Greater Hartford is higher than the U.S. average but comparable to other metropolitan areas in the Northeast. In January 2011, the cost of living index for Hartford was 127.40, compared to the national average of 100.

The mean commuting time to work for residents in Greater Hartford is less than 25 minutes.


There are several state-support colleges and universities in Connecticut, as well as many private schools, helping to solidify Connecticut's place as a center for higher education.

In addition to traditional public and private schools, Connecticut also has many charter and magnet schools for parents to choose from. 

Higher education:

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