January 18, 2016

West Hartford, Simsbury top work-life balance rankings

Offering a positive work-life balance has become a major recruitment tool for many businesses, particularly in attracting younger, Millennial workers who, studies have shown, crave a lifestyle that doesn't always make their career the No. 1 priority.

Residents in several Connecticut towns seem to have found a better work-life balance than others, according to a new study by California online researcher Zippia.com, whose rankings of the 10 best cities in Connecticut to achieve a work-life balance offers some surprises.

The rankings are based on several criteria including resident: commute time, hours worked per week, size of household, things to do per capita, and unemployment and poverty rates.

Basically, if individuals don't waste time getting to and from work, work less and have a family, they're on the road to a better work-life balance, which ultimately means doing things that allow them to achieve happiness and satisfaction, the study said.

Coming in at No. 1 on the list is the town of North Haven, whose residents work an average of 38.2 hours per week. Watertown and Newtown round out the top three towns, according to the report, which used data from the most recent American Community Survey from the U.S. Census Department.

West Hartford is this highest ranked Greater Hartford municipality on the list, ranked No. 5 overall. Residents there work an average of 38.6 hours per week. The Weatogue section of Simsbury, West Simsbury, and Newington also made the top 10.

– Greg Bordonaro

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