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201309_BPL_SIMSBURY
Simsbury, CT
Rich Wagner—¬©Imagine it Framed

Top 50 rank: 50

Population: 23,689

Founded in 1670, this bucolic New England town is chock-full of historical houses and parks. With strict regulations on development, Simsbury has maintained 32% of its land as open space. Just 15 miles outside Hartford, the town is home to boutiques, farmers' markets, and five-star restaurants.

The open-air performing-arts center is summer home to the Hartford Symphony, while Olympic medalists have trained at the town's International Skating Center of Connecticut. --K.F.

Simsbury, CT

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Median family income (per year) $131,397
Job growth % (2010-2012) 5.13%
Median home price (2012) $270,000
Reading test scores (% above/below average) 20.5%
Math test scores (% above/below average) 18.3%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 0
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 8

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