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I live in Ansonia right now, and have been here since 2011. I'd say it's an overall friendly town with much diversity, though not as much as say New Haven. Downtown is quite small, but filled with mom and pop shops as well the usual city hall and post office along with well-known banks. I like that things are relatively close. From where I live, the police station is close so I feel pretty safe, and Target is close as well- my go-to place to shop for the necessities. As far as schools, I think they're okay- I went to Ansonia High School and graduated from there among a few friends. I honestly can't recall how the learning went, but it wasn't a bad experience for me. The cost of living here seems cheaper than other areas in Connecticut such as Shelton or Bridgeport, where I've also lived. I guess it depends where you can find a deal for rent or sale. Overall, I like living in Ansonia- it's pretty peaceful, despite the dogs barking and children playing outside.
Ansonia is a small town. The "hilltop" is the better part of the city but multiple family's are starting to rent one family homes which tend to get run down and blight takes over. Times are changing for the worse in our area due to owners selling to landlords who don't live nearby or care to take care of the property. School systems are getting worse because low income and special education are the becoming the majority and we do not have funds to support the services. This town used to be quiet, close knit and generally a perfect place to raise a family. All income levels were supported together. That is slowly changing and low income households and failing commercial businesses are turning this small town into a struggling community. Still enjoy living here and for the most part comfortable and not wanting for anything but the future does not look bright.
Right near everything I need. Transit fares are going up 50 cents as of 12/4/16, and also Medicaid payments will be downside risked in a few years. This means that rather than the state pay the full amount, the doctor takes whatever Medicaid provides and loses the rest. There will be less doctors to get healthcare from for Medicaid beneficiaries within in the next few years. Very walkable, but getting more expensive to live in CT.