Fairfield Ranks in CNN Money's Top 100 Places to Live in US

What makes Fairfield one of the best towns to live in the United States? Tell us in the comments.

Fairfield was ranked one of the top 100 best places to live in the United States by CNN Money on Monday, along with three other Connecticut towns.

Weighing in at No. 64, Fairfield edged out West Hartford (72) but was outranked by Hamden (54) and nearby Greenwich (29).

The towns and cities that made the Top 100 list met CNN Money's qualifications for "true communities" with job opportunities, low crime rates, good schools, excellent health care, and plenty of activities for residents to do.


What do you think makes Fairfield one of the top 100 "small cities" to live in the United States? Tell us in the comments.


Following the publication of the list, First Selectman Michael Tetreau issued a addressing the ranking.

“The town of Fairfield is very honored to receive this distinguished recognition," Tetreau said in the release. "From our AAA rating, beautiful amenities and thriving local economy to our excellent school system and impressive level of volunteerism, Fairfield has much to offer and so much to be proud of!”

For other residents, the qualities that make Fairfield one of the top places to live in the country are pretty simple.

"Two, simple things -- (1) Duchess and (2) Colony [Grill]," Glenn Broderick wrote on the Fairfield Patch Facebook page.

According to Melissa Fitzgerald-Liceaga, "It's a medium-sized town where people still care...neighbors bring newcomers cookies and a great mix of activities, restaurants, and still that real family feel still exists."

In addition to the Top 100 list, CNN Money also ranked towns and cities in the U.S. based on housing prices, the income of the towns' or cities' populations, and several other categories. Fairfield ranked in the following divisions:

cheers August 21, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Convenience - to the beach, to New York, to farms/lakes/country, to shopping - Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Home Depot, Bed Bath and Beyond..., and more...
Jason Silver August 21, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Hamden ranked higher than Fairfield?? What a joke.
Caitlin Mazzola (Editor) August 21, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Comments keep pouring in through our social media channels: From Facebook: (facebook.com/FairfieldPatch) "Beaches, parks, beaches, really great library, beaches, great restaurants, beaches, and 60-70 mins to midtown Manhattan via train. Oh, and the beaches." - Jill Kovacs From Twitter: (@FairfieldPatch) VolunteerSquare (Fairfield County nonprofit): "Fairfield County's dedicated, civic-minded volunteers never cease to amaze us and our agencies!" Kaitlin Crean (Fairfield Patch blogger, @4loveofcarrots): "beach and restaurants!!" Bob Greenberger, former RTM member (@bobgreenberger): "Plenty of reasons: great schools, some economic and racial diversity, and maintaining its historic small town feel." Eric Sundman, RTM, R-1 (@ericsundman): "1.Vibrant sense of community 2.Diverse activities for residents in all stages of their lives. 3. 5 beaches, open spaces and wide variety of family activities 4. Excellent town resources 5.Amazing quantity and quality of restaurants in town. 6.The people"
Lucien Grace August 21, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Nice that Tetreau mentions the "AAA" Bond rating first among the great things about Fairfield, only weeks after he unceremoniously sacked Hiller who was the architect of our fiscal house for the last 14+ years. Way to go, Mike!
Jamie Brown August 21, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Wasn't Fairfield ranked better several years ago? Why did it slip to 64?
Jamie Brown August 21, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Wasn't fairfield ranked better several years ago? Why did it slip to 64?


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