Sweet sweet victory! Talk about one heck of a redemption because the city once mocked for its crime and unemployment is one of the best places in America to live. And, no, that city is NOT Stamford. They still have ways to go.
Darien Daily Voice reports that Danbury landed on USA Today’s “Most livable: America’s 50 best cities to live in,” list. This year, they debuted at number 34. Which, if you think about it, is not bad at all. Actually, that’s pretty dang decent if you ask me.
Sure, Connecticut’s overall high cost of living factored against Danbury reaching a higher number. But, still, that didn’t entirely stop them from becoming one of the top cities to live in.
Danbury does have one of the highest cost of living in the nation. That much we all know about because we live it every day. USA Today, however, found out how much more we pay to live in this state versus the rest of the country. For example, goods and services cost an average of 30.8% more in the city than what they do nationwide.
I’m sure that number is slightly different depending on where in CT you live. But, not by much.
However, Connecticut’s higher salaries helped dampen the blow. Salaries in Danbury are roughly $13,000 higher than the national average.
But that doesn’t do much to offset how much we pay out of pocket to keep a roof over our heads.
Anyways, onto the good stuff. Because we like silver linings and happy news.
Danbury has so much going for it lately, especially with a spate of recently opened restaurants and stores. Because of the city’s high density of eateries and entertainment, USA Today highlighted that as a definite perk.
Danbury also boasts having more sports teams, golf courses, nature parks, and theater companies. Actually, the exact wording was, “than is typical nationwide.”
So, the city scored favorably in arts, entertainment, and health. Sure, you might have to make a bit more to comfortably live in Connecticut, but it’s nice to hear there’s one city here doing it right.
Are you impressed by Danbury’s recovery or do you think this is political lip service from USA Today? I mean, Mayor Mark Boughton is still running for Governor… so some might find the timing just a little suspect. Or, does Danbury truly deserve its accolades?