Hartford, CT

The nation's largest study exploring what makes homeowners happy where it matters most — in their homes.

Hartford, CT

How Happy Are Hartford's Homeowners?

Nicknamed “New England’s Rising Star,” Hartford was not only home to Mark Twain when he published his most famous work, but it’s also considered home base to the nation’s insurance industry. Homeowners in Hartford live in older homes with fewer rooms and fewer square feet compared with homeowners in other parts of the country. But they enjoy easy access to highways, as well as well-run municipal services and utilities. Hartford homeowners would be happier, they say, with a mix of interior and exterior home improvements — including remodeled kitchens and bathrooms, fresh paint and professional landscaping.

Hartford's homeowners told us about the completed home projects that have brought them the most joy - and about the projects they desire that will make them even happier. When projects overlap, it means they make homeowners happy whether they're enjoying them now or aspiring to enjoy them later.

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Remodeled the kitchen
  • Painted interior room/area
  • Remodeled a bathroom
  • Replaced/refinished flooring
  • Planted a garden/landscaping

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Remodel the kitchen
  • Remodel a bathroom
  • Install or replace driveway or walkway
  • Replace/add windows
  • Replace/refinish flooring

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Happiest Home Features

Hartford's homeowners told us about the home features that have brought them the most joy - and about the features they desire that will make them even happier. When projects overlap, it means they make homeowners happy whether they're enjoying them now or aspiring to enjoy them later.

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Hardwood flooring
  • Central air conditioning
  • Lots of natural light
  • Up-to-date kitchen
  • One fireplace

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Up-to-date bathrooms
  • Up-to-date kitchen
  • Marble or quartz countertops
  • New windows
  • Freshly painted interiors

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Patio or deck
  • Attached garage
  • Trees
  • Space for animals
  • Privacy

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Professional landscaping
  • None
  • Front porch
  • Freshly painted exterior
  • A fire pit

It's not just projects and features that make Hartford's homeowners happy, but also factors such as equity, community and accessibility.

What Makes
Homeowners Happy?

  • Easy access to highways
  • Good local services & utilities
  • Good municipal services
  • Lots of green space
  • Can live & work in close proximity

Overall Home
Happiness

86%

of homeowners consider themselves at least somewhat happy with their homes.

Impact of Home
Equity on Happiness

To Be Happier In My Home
I'd Like To...

55%

of homeowners say they would be happier if they could remodel or add on to their homes.

The results of our Homeowner Happiness Survey suggest that these characteristics describe the average Hartford home:

  • Homeowners have:3.0 bedrooms

  • Homeowners have:2.0 bathrooms

  • Average time living in home:14 years

  • Average square footage:1,800

  • Age of home:47 years

  • Avg. home price (Feb. '18):142,000Powered by Redfin

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