Money magazine names Cheshire among best places to live

CHESHIRE >> The town is in pretty exclusive company in the estimation of Money magazine, which in its September editions has ranked Cheshire one of the 50 best small towns in America to live in.

Cheshire is ranked 39th and is one of only three Connecticut towns on the list: Brookfield was ranked 26th and Simsbury was 50th. The last time Money published a list ranking the nation's best small town's in 2011, Cheshire came in 73rd.

"I was really excited by this because I think it reflects well not only on the people who work for the town, but everyone in the community," Town Manager Michael Milone said Wednesday. "It speaks well of the character of the community."

Cheshire first made the Money magazine ranking in 2009 when it came in 72nd. Over the last four years, it is the only Connecticut town to make Money's rankings for small towns three times in a row.

Money calls Cheshire a "former farming community still feels like a quintessential New England village," But Milone said the ranking is more than just an ego boost for the community.

"There's no question it helps us attract new business into town," he said. "And we use it when we go to the (bond) rating agencies."

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