Connecticut Best Places to Retire - A Guide
Whether you are currently living in Connecticut or whether you are thinking about moving there, you can find the best places to retire in Connecticut on this website. The Nutmeg State (2012 population just under 3.6 million) has much to offer active adults in retirement. It has 4 seasons, a great train system that can zip you to New York or Boston in just a short time, and it has the New England charm and history that is famous around the world. Despite these charms, in 2012 Topretirements named CT as the #1 worst state for retirement.
The Connecticut climate is called humid-continental. There are big changes in temperature throughout the year, otherwise known as 4 seasons. The climate along Long Island Sound is 1 zone more temperate than just 10 miles inland. The northern portion of the state tends to have more extreme winters.
Economy and Home Prices
Connecticut's manufacturing base has been seriously eroded and the state struggles to make ends meet. Still, inflation adjusted 2007 per capita income of over $35,295 is the highest of any state. Median home prices can differ widely by area. The median home value in the state was $228,700 in early 2012 according to Zillow.com. In Greenwich a starter home is $1 million, whereas the 1st quarter of 2013 median price in the Hartford/West Hartford area was $232,900 - quite a bit over the national median of $176,600 (NAR). At 133 the cost of living is well above the national average of 100.
Tax Burden: Connecticut is one of the highest taxed states in the country in spite of a wealthy population and significant revenues from the state's Indian casinos. In 2012 the state had the 3rd highest state/local tax burden of any state behind only New York and New Jersey.
Marginal Income Tax Rates. Its top marginal income tax rate is 6.7% kicking in at just over $250,000.
Retirement Income Exemptions. 50% of military pensions are exempt.
Social security exemption. Although Connecticut is one of the top taxing states in the nation, social security income is exempt on couples with adjusted gross income of $60,000 or less (partially exempt above that).
Sales Tax: State sales tax is 6.35%.
Property Taxes: Property taxes can be quite high in many communities. According to Tax-rates.org the state has the 2nd highest median property tax.
Homestead Exemption. Homeowners can exempt up to $75,000 of their home or other property covered by the exemption. The exemption program applies to seniors and the disabled, but there are income restrictions.
Estate and/or Inheritance Taxes. Connecticut imposes an estate tax which taxes the transfer of properties valued at over $2 million.
Link to Connecticut Department of Revenue. Here is information about the social security exemption.
Best Places to Retire in Connecticut
Many national and local builders are busy building active adult communities in Connecticut. Active adults will find also find towns that will welcome them - from Avon to Oxford, Southbury, to Willimantic. You can live near the Long Island Sound in Madison or Old Saybrook, or even closer to the Rhode Island border in seaport towns like Mystic, Niantic, or Stonington. The Newington and Wallingford areas near Hartford have many active adult communities either built or under construction. Upstate there are rural towns like Sharon, Washington, and Pomfret where there is always something going on, even if it is natural beauty.
Certified Retirement Communities
Connecticut does not have a certified retirement community program.
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