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2021 Top 100 Best Places to Live In America Sponsored by: See homes for sale on Movoto by OJO

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Housing 55
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#85. Danbury, CT

Located in Western Connecticut on the state line with New York, Danbury is a historic city nestled among the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains. Known for its prominence in the hat-making industry in the late-19th and early-20th century, today Danbury is home to 84,000 diverse residents, great shopping, tons of parks and open spaces, top-notch health care and lots of arts and entertainment options. 

Top Colleges/Universities: Western Connecticut State University 

Top Industries & Employers: Pharmaceuticals, aerospace, health care and finance

Weekend Plans: Shopping the more than 180 stores at Danbury Fair Mall or ice skating at Danbury Ice Arena.

Favorite Place to Feast: Hanna’s, which serves up delicious Middle Eastern/Lebanese dishes like stuffed grape leaves and gyros.

Beloved Beverage: The small-batch craft beers from Charter Oak Brewing, named for a legendary Connecticut oak that helped the state maintain some of its independence under British rule.

Outdoorsy Activity: Hike the many trails at Bear Mountain Reservation, a 140-acre park that’s dog-friendly.

Why Your Pet Will Love It, Too: Your pup will love exploring the grounds of Tarrywile Park & Mansion, a 722-acre park with ponds, hiking trails, picnic areas and campsites.

Remote Work Perk: Danbury is home to tons of great coffee shops where you can camp out with your laptop, grab a morning or afternoon pick-me-up or network with other local professionals. Mothership on Main, Rumors and Grounds Donut House are a few local favorites. 

One More Thing … The old Danbury railroad station was the site of several scenes in Alfred Hitchcock’s movie “Strangers On A Train.”

– Sarah Kuta

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