If you are looking for a job in Connecticut, Fairfield County would be a solid place to begin the search, according to a new data analysis released by the Zippia career information website.

In ranking Connecticut municipalities with the best job opportunities, communities in Fairfield County earned six of the top 10 slots, with Weston ranked in first place and Wilton and Fairfield following in second and third places.

Stamford, Norwalk and Shelton came in sixth, eighth and 10th places, respectively.  The only communities outside of Fairfield County to reach the top ten were Oxford at #4, Madison at #5, Avon at #7, and Woodbury at #9.

The survey limited its site selection to locations with populations of 5,000 and higher, and the results seemed to favor smaller towns and cities, with Stamford as the only top 10 listing with a six-digit population.   Danbury was 28th, Middletown placed 31st, and Bridgeport was 34th on the list.

The other larger Connecticut cities ranked toward the bottom of the scale, with Bridgeport in 34th place (the lowest ranking for a Fairfield County location), Hartford in 44th and Waterbury in 45th. (New Haven was not included, although Zippia did not indicate the reason.)

The second ten communities among the best places for jobs were Monroe, Branford, Mansfield, Seymour, Ellington, Hamden, Farmington, Wallingford, Canton and Derby.

Zippia first researched detailed data “on all places in Connecticut. However, in order to properly compare places in an apples-to-apples manner, we set a minimum population threshold of 5,000 people.”  That left 46 places in Connecticut to analyze.

Each community was then rated across a number of criteria, including unemployment rate, recent job growth, future job growth and median household income.  Sources used include the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Sperling’s Best Places, according to Zippia.

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