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Brookfield, CT
Joe Dolen

Top 50 rank: 26

Population: 16,788

Surrounded by the largest lakes in Connecticut, Brookfield is a great spot for water recreation -- not to mention exploring lots of wooded hiking trails and open space. There are few employers right in town, so many residents commute within Fairfield County or to New York City, a 90-minute drive away.

While it is pedestrian-friendly, the town lacks a downtown. However, an area with residential and retail developments is under construction and should be completed within five years. --K.F.

Brookfield, CT

Town stats

Median family income (per year) $131,547
Job growth % (2010-2012) 7.14%
Median home price (2012) $290,000
Reading test scores (% above/below average) 19.8%
Math test scores (% above/below average) 16.8%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 12




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