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Weston Voted Best Place to Live in State

WESTON, Conn. - Weston has been named the best town to live in by Connecticut magazine in its semiannual ranking of communities with a population 10,000 to 15,000 residents.

“I agree whole heartedly with the ratings and I am so proud to be the chief elected official of this wonderful town,” First Selectman Gayle Weinstein said.

The rankings were announced in Connecticut magazine’s November issue, which says, “The extremely close race for the top spot here saw Weston and Canton edge out last time’s leader, Old Saybrook.”

The magazine judged the towns in five areas: education, economy, costs, of living, crime, and leisure/culture. The education category is based on standardized test scores, high school graduations rates and the number of students who go on to higher learning after high school.

The economy category is based on population, per capita income, the grand list, unemployment rate, the mill rate and per capita aid to children. The price of single-family homes purchased in the first six months of 2011 is a major factor in the cost of living category

In the crime category, the magazine looked at any major crimes committed in the town in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

The leisure/culture category looked at local library expenditures in 2010, the number of theaters, museums, festivals, parks, restaurants and even voter turnout in the 2008 election

Weston took top ranking in all the categories except cost and leisure, the magazine states, “Weston might have lengthened its margin with lower real estate prices, but it’s a pretty long drop from its median house price of $748,000 to second-place Old Saybrook’s $398,000. On the other hand, Weston’s median was $965,000 four years ago and $830,000 in 2009, so it is moving, willingly or not, in a more affordable direction.”

Weinstein said she was overjoyed with the rankings and that this was a group effort of the entire town of Weston, “This really is proof that we have an outstanding school system and an outstanding community. They are the ones who make this possible.”

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