Berlin : Connecticut

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What it's Like to Retire in Berlin

Berlin is an old city between New Haven and Hartford. The population is just over 20,000 and growing.  It is a residential and industrial town. It's roots go back to the 1760's when it became a center for "white goods" production, which intrepid Yankee Peddlers sold from the streets across colonial America (hence the image on the seal).

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Where to Retire in Berlin and Home Prices

Berlin (pronounced with the accent on the 1st syllable, as in Ber' lin) has many different neighborhoods and developments, with at least one active adult community (see link at right). There are 2 hamlets: East Berlin and Kensington.  According to, the median price of a home in late 2013, was about $240,000.

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What is special about Berlin

Berlin has a good location between New Haven and close to Hartford. There is a big commercial district along the Berlin Turnpike.

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What is not special about Berlin

There is considerable traffic and it feels very commercial.  Connecticut is one of the worst states to retire from a financial and tax standpoint.

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Who will like retirement in Berlin

People who want to be in CT and have roots here might like a retirement here.

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Climate and Physical Environment

The city is located just south of Hartford in the geographic center of Connecticut. The average January temp is in the mid 20's and the average July temp in the low 70's. There are many hills and ridges such as the Metacomet Ridge nearby.

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Restaurants & Cultural Scene

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Crime rate is quite low.

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Medical facilities

Hartford and New Haven offer a variety of great hospitals.

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Route 9 is a good highway that goes through town, as does I 91.  There is an AMTRAK station, and Bradley Airport (Hartford/Springfield) is but a short drive.

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Facts about BERLIN
  • State: CT
  • Environment: Suburban,
  • City Population: 10,000-25,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 80,000+
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $200,001-$300,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 2000-4000
  • Total Crime Index: <80 (Very low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 121+ (very high)
  • Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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