Best Cities 2010: Hartford, CT

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Best Cities 2010: Hartford, CT

Home to the oldest public art museum and the oldest continuously published newspaper, Hartford continues to be a beacon for education-minded families.

City: Hartford

State: Connecticut

Best Cities Overall Rank: 50

About Hartford:

The Wadsworth Atheneum is the oldest public art museum in the United States with a collection that extends over 5,000 years.

The Hartford Courant, founded in 1764, is the country’s oldest continuously published newspaper.

Hartford averages a 14.6 pupil to teacher ratio and a total of $20,551 expenditure per student.

County: Hartford

Population: 124,062

Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitor’s bureau website 

Newspaper with the largest circulation: Hartford Courant

Hartford blogs:

Connecticut Mom, The Mommyologist

Hartford‘s Facebook page: Follow Hartford on Facebook 

Hartford‘s Twitter page: Follow Hartford on Twitter 


Education rank: 12

High School graduation rate 2008: 79.2%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 3

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 2.42

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 32

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 25.79

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 272

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 14.6

Total Expenditures Per Student: $20,551


Health rank: 15

Quality children’s hospitals: 1

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.81

Quality Pediatricians: 2

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 1.62

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 2


Safety rank: 93

Violent Crimes, 2008: 1503

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 1211.49

Sex Offenders: 574

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 462.67


Economy rank: 44

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 20.19      

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 10       

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 712.08

Median Home Sale Price: $129,100                   

5-Year Home Value Index: -1.33 %        

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 20.62%      


Recreation Rank:  30

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 2300          

Parkland per 100,000: 1853.91