Are you thinking about moving to Wolcott, Connecticut and you're looking for someone to give you the bottom line of what it's really like? In this episode of CT Life, I’m going to give you the good, the bad, and the ugly of living in Wolcott. We’ll look at everything from the small-town feel to the traffic so you know exactly what to expect.
Living in Wolcott has its pros and cons, just like every other place. We're going to start by giving you the top five reasons people love living here. The very first and most popular reason is the feel.
This is a town that really needs to be visited to understand the feel and character of the community. It has a small, rural town or suburb feel—though it’s hardly considered rural. Wolcott is wedged between Southington and Waterbury. It’s also just a short ride to Hartford or New Haven.
In Wolcott, you'll get the small-town charm of local markets like Pat's and IGA along with a lot of small mom-and-pop restaurants and stores.
Schools, Neighbors, And Local Activities
Now that we know about the feel of Wolcott, let's get into this second reason people love living here. Another big draw to Wolcott is the school system. You can read all about them at greatschools.org or the school report on our Wolcott website.
The third reason you're going to love living in Wolcott is the community. It’s one of those times where pretty much everyone knows everyone and neighbors are helping neighbors. It has a simple, laid-back feel that's refreshing and inviting.
You can still count on the town to hold its annual Wolcott Country Fair at the new Wolcott Fairgrounds. The festivities are complete with animals, arts and crafts, exhibits, rides, amazing food contests, and of course, the fireworks.
The fourth reason that people love living here in Wolcott, Connecticut is that the houses are still affordable. Compared to some towns in Connecticut, what you get for the money here in Wolcott makes it rather affordable. I have a separate video on the cost of living in Wolcott, so you can check that out as well.
The fifth reason people love Wolcott is that the taxes have stayed relatively low. As of the time of this video, the mill rate was only 33.14.
Now that you know about a couple of the pros, let me give you the lowdown on some of the cons of living here. Not everything is perfect, so if you're serious about moving here, you definitely need to know this stuff.
Did you know that Wolcott has lots of traffic for a small town? Yes, that's correct. Even though it's a small town, people are driving through Wolcott all the time, creating lots and lots of traffic. To help deal with this traffic problem, you're going to have to pick what time you leave for work and adjust accordingly for rush hour.
Amenities And Pronunciation
Another drawback of small-town living in Wolcott is the lack of big-town amenities. There's no hospital here, no big box retailers like Costco or Sam's Club, and no large grocery stores like Stop and Shop. For those, you're going to have to travel to a neighboring town.
One more thing you need to know and be prepared for is the way people pronounce Wolcott. It can drive you crazy. Don't even get me started with having Siri try to pronounce it, because she never gets it right. It always comes out as a garbled mess.
All the different pronunciations we hear are pretty funny, as you don't know what you're going to get when people call and request information on the town. It is all over the place, and we usually have to translate what they're trying to say.
Enjoy Connecticut Living In Wolcott
I hope this video gives you some insight into the pros and cons of living here in Wolcott. We have people moving in and out of Wolcott every day, and we are always here to help them. If you'd like some help too, you're in the right place. For any additional questions about Wolcott, don't hesitate to reach out and ask.
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