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Living a Small town Lifestyle in Colchester, Connecticut

In 2005, CNN named Colchester one of the best 100 Places to Live. Colchester is an interesting small town in central Connecticut with a population of about 15,000. The population is growing and average income and home values are higher than the CT average, indicating that the town is doing well. Its location is east and a bit south of Hartford.  Consumer Reports has its headquarters here. Other residents tend to commute to Hartford, Middletown, or Storrs (home of the University of Connecticut).  

Where to Retire in Colchester and Home Prices

There is at least 1 active adult community in Colchester (see link at top left). 

 Zillow reports median home value to be about $288,488 early 2021.

What Is Special about Colchester

Headquarters of Consumer Reports and its famous testing labs.  Nearby Salmon River State Forest. This part of Connecticut, near the Connecticut River, is quite beautiful and relatively tranquil. Harry's Place is a small hamburger joint of some repute. Colcherster is above average for walkability when compared to other towns.

What Is Not Special about Colchester

Property values are higher here than in surrounding towns.

Climate and Physical Environment

Colchester is just east of the Connecticut River Valley in the south-central part of the state

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Colchester hosts community events, farmer's markets, and outdoor concerts. For more cultural events Hartford is just 30 minutes away.


Crime in Colchester is lower than the national average.

Medical Facilities

The nearest hospital is 14 miles away in Willimantic


Bradley International Airport and its convenient flights are less than 40 miles away. I 84 and I 91 are nearby

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