Shelton named a ‘Top Booming Suburb’ in survey

Shelton has been named among the “Top Booming Suburbs in America,” making the top ten list for Connecticut.

Shelton was ranked No. 9 in the state in the survey by Coldwell Banker Real Estate. A community’s employment base was an important factor in the survey.

The “Booming Suburbs” ranking rated 1,500 communities across the country based on increased year-over-year levels in employment and unemployment percentages vs. the national norm, along with other factors that included access to suburban staples (grocery stores, banks, etc.), proximity to good schools, commuting by car, and community safety.

None on the top ten nationally were in Connecticut, and four of the nation’s top ten were in Washington state.

The Connecticut rankings

Trumbull, Westport, Ridgefield and Newtown were ranked at the top of Connecticut suburbs, based on the Caldwell Banker Real Estate survey.

Here is the ranking for the top 10 booming suburbs in Connecticut:

1. Trumbull — 757.49

2. Westport — 756.08

3. Ridgefield — 755.75

4. Newtown — 751.13

5. Fairfield — 738.11

6. Mansfield — 726.07

7. Greenwich — 719.14

8. Simsbury — 715.32

 9. Shelton — 714.90

10. Glastonbury — 703.77

The national best

Here are the top 10 booming suburbs in the country based on methodology created by Coldwell Banker and its partner in the study, Onboard Informatics:

1. Cottage Lake, Wash. — 1,000

2. Prairieville, La. — 986.42

3. Fruit Cove, Fla. — 985.68

4. Sammamish, Wash. — 985.56

5. Mercer Island, Wash. — 983.13

6. Riverton, Utah — 979.65

7. Brentwood, Tenn. — 976.50

8. Lehi, Utah — 975.58

9. Cooper City, Fla. — 972.10

10. Maple Valley, Wash. — 971.73

Cottage Lake, the top ranked community, is a suburb of Seattle.

The “score” in the above tables is based on a scale from 1 to 1,000, with 1,000 being the No. 1 booming suburb.

Showing economic growth

“As America continues to bounce back from the recession, this ranking identifies suburbs that have shown strong economic growth since the recovery,” said Budge Huskey, president and CEO of Coldwell Banker Real Estate.

“These communities have the American ideals we love, the suburban dream intact and a population that is finding jobs at a better rate than the national average,” Huskey said. “That is the definition of a thriving community.”

To view the past Coldwell Banker Best Places to Live rankings, including Suburbanites and Social Seekers, go to