Got Kids? Here's Where You Should Be Renting in CT

If you can afford them, these are the best of the best, according to Rent.com.

Downtown New Canaan, Conn. Credit: Patch File Photo
Downtown New Canaan, Conn. Credit: Patch File Photo
They don't call it the "Gold Coast" for any old reason.

A suburb of New York City, Fairfield County, Conn., is flush with affluence, rich cultural offerings, stellar school systems, lush parks and beaches, and vibrant downtowns. And four of its towns figure prominently in a new list that ranks the 25 best cities in the country for renters raising families.

The list was compiled by Rent.com. Among other factors, they looked at communities with low crime rates, high school scores, high percentage of family households, and high rental inventory.

Here are the Connecticut towns that made the list, and what rent.com had to say about each:

Ridgefield (No. 24)
  • Median Rent for a 2-Bedroom Apartment: $2,850

  • "A little town with a lot happening culturally, Ridgefield is home to 25,000 residents, 11 respected schools and a large variety of recreational activities."

New Canaan
 (No. 18)
  • Median Rent for a 2-Bedroom Apartment: $4,429

  • "Considered a haven for book editors and writers, as well as advertising executives and corporate families, New Canaan remains quaintly filled with boutique and chain stores and one of the state’s best schools systems."

(No. 12)
  • Median Rent for a 2-Bedroom Apartment: $3,383

  • "A charming, historic, affluent community on Connecticut’s Gold Coast that places a high value on education, Wilton is a destination for young families that looking to escape from big city life in Manhattan."

(No. 6)
  • Median Rent for a 2-Bedroom Apartment: $3,590

  • "Frequently named a 'top-earning towns' in the United States, Darien is also home to some of the best schools in Connecticut."

Check out Rent.com to see the full list of cities as well as a statement about their methodology in coming up with the list.

Think your community is great for renters raising a family? Tell us what town and why.

Tony DiBello April 12, 2014 at 07:09 PM
I'm guessing Da Bronx................................ ;-)
Porter gladstone May 04, 2014 at 08:50 PM
While every state has at least some residents who are looking for greener pastures; as Gallup reports, nowhere is the desire to move more prevalent than in Illinois and Connecticut. In both of these states, about half of residents say that if given the chance to move to a different state, they would like to do so (against an average 33% of all Americans who would prefer to live in another state than their own). The 'greenest pasture' or least disliked, according to Gallup, is Hawaii and Montana (where only 23% would prefer to leave). The biggest factor driving the desire to leave the current state - unsurprisingly - jobs (or business opportunities)... and Nevada residents (thank you Harry Reid) the most anxious to leave in the next 12 months.
Porter gladstone May 04, 2014 at 08:57 PM
Did you know that there are nearly 102 million working age Americans that do not have a job right now? And 20 percent of all families in the United States do not have a single member that is employed. So how in the world can the government claim that the unemployment rate has "dropped" to "6.3 percent"? Well, it all comes down to how you define who is "unemployed". For example, last month the government moved another 988,000 Americans into the "not in the labor force" category. According to the government, at this moment there are 9.75 million Americans that are "unemployed" and there are 92.02 million Americans that are "not in the labor force" for a grand total of 101.77 million working age Americans that do not have a job. Back in April 2000, only 5.48 million Americans were unemployed and only 69.27 million Americans were "not in the labor force" for a grand total of 74.75 million Americans without a job. That means that the number of working age Americans without a job has risen by 27 million since the year 2000. Any way that you want to slice that, it is bad news.
Darien Dan May 05, 2014 at 09:38 PM
With the stock market tripling under PRESIDENT Obama, is it beyond your limited comprehension that millions of Americans have opted for an early retirement? KA-BANG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
terry rollins May 05, 2014 at 11:41 PM
Dude, I think most people can comprehend the stock market has not tripled. 00-------------> (that's u)


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