RIDGEFIELD — Based on a variety of factors, including access to doctors and recreational opportunities, Ridgefield was ranked as the top place to retire in Connecticut, according to a survey by financial technology company SmartAsset.
Greenwich ranked second, followed by New Milford, Portland and Westport in the 2017 SmartAsset Best Places to Retire in Connecticut survey. The study rated state municipalities by their tax friendliness, recreational and social opportunities for seniors, and availability of medical care. Each category was weighted equally when determining the final score.
“I’ve never seen these rankings before, but when you are ranked number one in a survey like this, you feel very proud,” Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi said. “We value our seniors and all that they can contribute. I see seniors as an untapped resource for the future of our communities.”
Ridgefield ranked particularly high in “recreation centers per 1,000 people” and “doctors’ offices per 1,000 people.” Each municipality ranked equally in tax rate as it was based on the percent of the retiree income dedicated to state and federal taxes.
“I was very happy to see Ridgefield rank so high for services for seniors,” Marconi said.
Greenwich was ranked second in 2016 and first in 2015. It was New Milford’s first time appearing on the study, which has been conducted for the past three years.
New Milford Mayor David Gronbach said he was happy, but not surprised to see the town ranked so high.
“New Milford offers a charming walkable downtown with distinctive shops and dining and expanded access to walking trails along our riverfront,” he said. “As a historical farming community, the rolling forested hills, open spaces, farms, and farmers markets offer the best of New England. In addition, New Milford has a wide range of housing options and a robust medical community anchored by New Milford Hospital.”
Gronbach added that New Milford’s location, with easy access to I-84, is another draw for retirees.
“Seniors have the chance to visit and be visited by family and friends,” he said. “We continue to invest in initiatives and developments to allow seniors to age in place.”
Groton, Putnam, Shelton, Orange and West Hartford rounded out the top 10.