The best family suburbs near Hartford, Conn.

When the time comes to move your family to the Hartford, CT area, how do you decide where to live? Are some suburbs better for families to live in than others? Below is a list of the three best family suburbs near Hartford, CT.


Farmington is a suburb to the southwest of Hartford with a population of 28,600. It is a peaceful area with a violent crime index of only 1, making it a safe place for children to play and ride their bikes. The air quality of this area is 79.5 percent. Education wise, Farmington ranks 9 out of 10 with 11 private schools and 6 public schools. There are 22 colleges, universities and professional schools within a 30 mile radius, making it an excellent place to educate children. Within just 15 miles of Farmington, there are 44 movie theaters, 2,661 restaurants, 103 libraries and lots of shopping opportunities. Interestingly enough 74.8 percent of the population have at least some college education, 58.9 percent are married and only 8.9 percent are divorced. For those who love to ski there are 46 ski resorts within 100 miles.


Glastonbury is located five miles southeast of Hartford and 91 miles southwest of Boston, Massachusetts. It has a population of just over 35,000. It too is a peaceful area, maintaining the same violent crime index of 1. The houses are farther apart, and there are not as many subdivisions, giving it a more rural feel.  Glastonbury is rated 9 out of 10 in education. In this area there are 8 public schools, 12 private schools and three libraries. Glastonbury is a great place for those who enjoy sports and history. Higher education opportunities are available at Wesleyan University, Manchester Community College and Trinity College. Glastonbury is home to the Museum-on-the-Green, the Welles-Shipman-Ward House, the Minnechaug Golf Course, Diamond Lake, Connecticut Audubon Center and the South Glastonbury Historic District.

Rocky Hill

Rocky Hill is a suburb located south of Hartford with a population of approximately 20,000. This area has a violent crime rate of only 1, making it a safe place to live. Homes average between $127,000 and $334,000 depending on the style and space.   Eighty-eight percent of residents over 25 years of age have a high school diploma or higher. This suburb has 5 public schools and 5 private schools. Rocky Hill ranks 8 out of 10 in education. There are 4 universities, 2 Community colleges and 1 college within a 23 mile radius of the suburb. They have 1 large library in Rocky Hill and they are also the home of the Connecticut State Library for the Blind and the Physically Handicapped Connecticut State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. There are lots of parks and attractions to visit in this suburb.

Education and safety play an important part when couples are looking for a place to live with their family. These three suburbs are the best family suburbs near Hartford, Connecticut.  Any of them would be a wonderful place to live and raise a family.