In previous years, Connecticut Magazine had grouped towns by population for judging purposes. This year, the magazine decided it would be a fairer comparison to group towns using median home sale prices as the main measuring stick.
Waterford's median home sale price is $211,000, which places it among the 44 towns with average home sales prices of between $175,000 and $224,999. Connecticut Magazine considered the following criteria in making its final assessment: crime; education; community engagement; culture/leisure; and economy. (To see how all the towns stacked up, go to Connecticut Magazine.)
Waterford was ranked higher than many towns in several categories. The town was ranked 7 for its economy, 7 for its culture and leisure, and 11 for education (1 is the highest rating, 44 would be the lowest). Its overall ranking, however, was pulled down by crime rates, which ranked it at 42, and its community engagement earned it the ranking of 28.
Two towns, Barkhamsted and Union, tied for the number one spot in Waterford's category. Here's how Waterford stacked up against other towns in New London Country in the same category: