Magazine ranks Connecticut’s richest towns

RIDGEFIELD — Among the state’s rich towns, Ridgefield has the best-quality swank.

That’s the opinion of Connecticut magazine, in its 2013 ranking of cities and towns in Connecticut. It ranked Ridgefield No. 1 in its economic group.

“I’m tremendously pleased,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said Monday.

For its ranking this year, the magazine grouped towns by home prices. It’s top echelon was those towns with a median home price of $300,000 or more. Scroll through the gallery below to see where Southwestern Connecticut towns in this category ranked.

In Ridgefield, the median home price is now $605,000 — hardly a place to pick up a bargain bungalow.

But according to Connecticut magazine, it’s nearly a bargain compared to places like Darien, where the median house price is $1.3 million.

Throw in Ridgefield’s low crime rate, its cultural amenities, its high level of civic engagement and, the magazine said, Ridgefield was at the top of its class.

Marconi said he was especially pleased that the town scored well on things like social engagement — its voter turnout — as part of its overall appeal.

“Look at the work of our police department, our volunteers, everyone who contributes to the town,” he said.

And, he added, such a ranking has its value. “I’m sure our real estate people will be pleased.”

The magazine had one grouping that didn’t depend on income — the state’s cities.

In that list, Danbury came in third, behind Stamford and Norwalk.

“That’s terrific,” said Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, who pointed out that considering the economic powerhouse Stamford now is, third place is a very good showing.

“Stamford has a lot more resources than we do,” Boughton said. “Its grand list is twice what ours is.”

Boughton said in previous Connecticut magazine listings, Danbury was fifth among state cities.

“So we’re moving in the right direction,” Boughton said. “Next year, No. 1.”