Quinnipiac University Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine

Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine Resident Life

Living in Connecticut offers a unique blend of rural charm and cultural richness. Northwest Connecticut offers picturesque landscapes, rolling hills and quaint villages, making the region a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, offering hiking, skiing and other recreational activities. Residents also enjoy a thriving food, music and arts scene in Bridgeport for a perfect balance of urban and rural experiences.

Northwest Connecticut at a Glance

In the Connecticut track, residents serve populations living in the same mill towns that prospered during the textile boom in the 19th century. The patients and the local communities are warm, welcoming and committed to educating the next generation of physicians.

  • Winsted, CT - 6,500

  • Torrington, CT - 34,000

  • Litchfield County - 181,000

  • 201 people per square mile


Median Household Income
  • Winsted, CT - $49,000

  • Torrington, CT - $60,600


Occupations and Industries
  • Manufacturing

  • Retail

  • Farming

  • Forestry


Poverty Rate
  • Winsted, CT - 22%

  • Torrington, CT - 14%


Enjoying Life in Northwest Connecticut

The hills of Northwest Connecticut provide a stunning backdrop for outdoor activities during all four seasons. Litchfield County is home to many hiking spots including Bear Mountain — the tallest mountain in Connecticut — and Kent Falls, a must-see waterfall that drops 250’ over ¼ mile. All Connecticut state parks are free for residents.

Residents can cool off in the Farmington River — a popular kayaking, canoeing, tubing and fly fishing location that flows through several nearby towns — visit Highland Lake or take a ride on any of the several bike paths in the area. One of the most recognized is the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail, which runs from New Haven, CT to Northampton, MA.

The agricultural nature of the area makes fall an especially beautiful time of year. Surrounded by unparalleled foliage, residents can unwind and shop around at local fairs, pumpkin patches and apple orchards.

Should you ever tire of the beautiful outdoor scenery, unwind alongside your neighbors at any of the many breweries, wineries and restaurants across the region or visit any of the several museums in the area. Some favorites include Winsted’s own American Museum of Tort Law, the KidsPlay Children’s Museum in Torrington and the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington. Other popular hotspots include Gilson Cafe and Cinema in Winsted, the Pleasant Valley Drive-In in Barkhamsted and the Warner Theater in Torrington.

When you want to get away, a short and scenic drive will open up even more opportunities for weekend fun. Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods, the Mystic Seaport and Aquarium and major cities like Boston and New York are just a few hours away.

  • Action Wildlife
  • Addis Park
  • Appalachian Trail (between Salisbury and Kent)
  • Black Rock State Park
  • Brodie Park
  • Burr Pond State Park
  • Campbell Falls State Park
  • Cathedral Pines Trail in Cornwall
  • Dennis Hill State Park
  • Enders State Forest
  • Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust
  • Haystack Mountain State Park
  • Hidden Valley Preserve
  • Housatonic Meadows State Park
  • Housatonic Range Trail
  • Kent Falls State Park
  • Lovers Leap State Park
  • Macedonia Brook State Park
  • Macricostas Preserve
  • Mount Bushnell State Park
  • Mt. Tom State Park
  • Platt Hill State Park Scenic Preserve
  • Peoples State Forest
  • Steep Rock Preserve
  • White Memorial Conservation Center
  • Whitestone Cliffs Trail

  • Bantam Lake

  • Candlewood Lake

  • Highland Lake

  • Lake Lillinonah

  • Lake Waramaug State Park

  • Mudge Pond Town Beach

  • Twin Lakes

  • Butternut Ski Area

  • Mohawk Mountain Ski Area

  • Mount Snow

  • Ski Sundown

  • Brewery Legitimus

  • Clocktown Brewing

  • Connecticut Valley Winery

  • Haight Brown Vineyard

  • Hopkins Vineyard

  • Housatonic River Brewing

  • Jerram Winery

  • Kent Falls Brewing

  • Land of Nod Vineyard and Winery

  • Little Red Barn Brewers

  • Miranda Vineyard

  • Sunset Meadow Vineyards

  • Walker Road Vineyards

  • Woodbury Brewing

  • American Museum of Tort Law

  • Eric Sloane Museum and Kent Iron Furnace

  • Glebe House Museum and Gertrude Jekyll Garden

  • Hill-Stead Museum

  • Kids Play Children’s Museum

  • Railroad Museum New England

Bridgeport at a Glance

Bridgeport is known for its diverse population, with residents from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds. This diversity adds to the city's dynamic atmosphere and contributes to a wide range of cultural events and festivals throughout the year.

  • Bridgeport, CT - 148,000

  • Fairfield County - 960,000


Median Household Income
  • Bridgeport - $50,500


Poverty Rate
  • Bridgeport - 23%

Occupations and Industries
  • Finance

  • Healthcare

  • Education

  • Trade

  • Transportation

  • Utilities

  • Manufacturing

  • Government


Enjoying Life in Bridgeport

Bridgeport is the largest city in Connecticut and features the hustle and bustle typical of urban areas. There are plenty of restaurants, shops and entertainment options to explore, giving residents a vibrant city life. As one of the oldest cities in the state, Bridgeport boasts a rich history that's reflected in a thriving arts and culture scene.

Despite being an urban center, Bridgeport is close to natural attractions such as Seaside Park and Beardsley Park. Residents can enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, picnicking and birdwatching without having to travel far from the city. Overall, living in Bridgeport offers a diverse and vibrant urban experience, with a mix of cultural amenities, historical attractions and natural beauty.

  • Brewport Brewing Co.

  • Dockside Brewery

  • Jones Winery

  • Two Roads Brewing Company

  • Acapulcos Mexican Family Restaurant

  • Boca Oyster Bar

  • Coromandel Cuisine of India

  • Frankie's Diner

  • Joseph's Steakhouse

  • Saray Turkish Restaurant

  • StationHouse Wine Bar & Grill

  • Tautog Tavern

  • Beardsley Zoo

  • The Bijou Theater

  • Downtown Cabaret Theater

  • Hartford HealthCare Ampitheater

  • The Klein

  • Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

  • Total Mortgage Arena (Bridgeport Islanders)

  • Mount Southington

  • Pumpkinseed Hill Farm

  • Seaside Park

  • Walnut Beach

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