Are you wondering what it's like to live in the great state of Connecticut? What are the pros and cons? You're probably wondering how the commute time is to and from work. What are the areas like? How are the schools? Where will you go shopping? What is there to do here in Connecticut?
Hi, I'm Dave Jones and this is CT Life, and I cover all that and more in this episode. Be sure to click subscribe up above and be notified every time we post a new episode.
One of the pros is the location. New York is just 90 miles away and Boston is 100 miles. So whether you're a Red Sox fan or a Yankees fan, Connecticut has you covered. Connecticut is made up of mostly smaller towns. In fact, only five cities have populations over 100,000. Those are New Haven, Bridgeport, Stanford, Hartford, and Waterbury. Another pro is in the smaller towns you typically have a little larger yard. The average lot size is 25,000 square feet, which is just over a half-acre. One of the cons of living in Connecticut. We have the second-highest tax rate in all of the United States.
Okay. So now that we know where it's located, let's talk about the commute to and from Connecticut. One pro about Connecticut is several towns have Metro-North terminals that run directly to Grand Central Station. It makes getting in and out of New York City very easy. Another pro of Connecticut is our highway system. There are literally five ways to get anywhere you need to be in Connecticut. So you can find back roads and highways and byways to get you where you need to get fast. One con to living here in Connecticut is we are typically in the top 10 for the highest price per gallon for gasoline.
Okay. So now that we know about the commute, let's talk about details such as school, shopping, and convenience factor. Schools vary very much by the town. There are several places online that you can look up the reviews of the schools. Let your realtor know and they will be happy to point you in the right direction. Every town has an option for public or private schools, depending on where you're located and where you're interested in buying.
One good thing about Connecticut is you're never more than 15 minutes from a shopping center, a big box retailer, or a grocery store. Here in Connecticut, the largest grocery store is Stop & Shop with over a hundred locations. Here, you'll find everything from a fresh bakery to meats and deli. Several locations even have gas stations.
Okay. So now that we know about the overall area a little bit, let's talk about the lifestyle here in Connecticut. One of the pros is Connecticut has a AA baseball team, the Hartford Yard Goats, that has an awesome new stadium, Dunkin' Donuts Park. We're also known for our Yukon Huskies basketball and football programs.
If you're looking for nightlife and entertainment here in Connecticut, we have you covered there as well. Connecticut has two of the largest resort casinos in all of the United States, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino. They're known for their award-winning restaurants and five-star hotel accommodations. Here in Connecticut we also have 110 state parks and 100 miles of shoreline. On a beautiful day like today, there is so much that you could get out and do. The one con I can think about living here in Connecticut since the Hartford Whalers left, we don't have a pro sports team.
Another great thing about Connecticut is we are a typical New England state and we have four distinct seasons. During the summer you can expect an average high of about 85 degrees. In the fall, we are known for our foliage and people come from across the US to go to the hills of Litchfield County every year, just to see the leaves change. One drawback to being a New England state is our winters. We have several large snowstorms every year, and you probably want to have a pretty decent four-wheel-drive vehicle just to be safe.
Well, I hope this video gave you some insight into the pros and cons of living in Connecticut. If you should have any additional questions about CT Life or real estate here in Connecticut, don't hesitate to ask. Again, I'm Dave Jones and this is CT Life.