Courant intern Rose Lichtenfels reports:
Forget the ‘Top 10 Best’ lists telling you where you ought to live, work and raise your family in Connecticut. The Connecticut Economic Resource Center’s new interactive map provides free, public access to the latest metric and demographic profiles on all 169 towns. The Connecticut Economic Resource Center’s town profiles are prepared annually by the nonprofit economic research group. The profiles are compact, two page summaries of the latest demographic data about every municipality in the state.
“We get a lot of traffic on the town profile maps, not just from businesses looking at economic data but also from residents who want to compare one town to another if they are thinking of moving. If people want to live along the shore, they might compare things like statistics on taxes or schools between different shore towns,” Sullivan said.
The profiles provide unique data on everything from average high school SAT scores to the number of computers available at the town library. Connecticut residents can also use the maps to compare town data to state and county averages, whether they want to find the number of families receiving food stamps, total local government expenditure, or number of people within the community holding a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Alissa Dejonge, the resource center’s Vice President of Research, said the town profiles are the most succinct and up to date maps available to the public, providing people and businesses critical economic information to leverage unique opportunities in the state of Connecticut. Economic development professionals, municipal officials and policy makers also use these maps to inform future growth strategies, planning and decision making