From the serene beauty of Elizabeth Park — just blocks from The Mercy Community — to the trendy feel of Blue Back Square to the classic New England charm of its Town Center, West Hartford is a great place to visit and an even better place to live. A residential suburb located to the west of the Hartford metropolitan area, its immediate neighboring towns are Bloomfield, Newington, Farmington, and Avon. West Hartford is approximately 100 miles southwest of Boston and 100 miles northeast of New York City. Direct access to I-84 (East/West) is available with I-91 (North/South) just a few miles east. The Town encompasses 22.2 square miles and has a population of 63,268 (2010 Census).
The Town of West Hartford prides itself on its overall attractiveness, customer service, citizen involvement, public safety, and education — all characteristics that make it a desirable place to live. West Hartford has become a destination place for new businesses and families because it is a full-service community in every sense, from its quality municipal services to its top-rated schools. The Town encompasses a full range of quality housing from starter homes to luxury estates. West Hartford boasts a strong retail and service business sector.
The West Hartford school system has been recognized for years as one of the best in the State. Additionally, it is home to many excellent institutions of higher learning, including the University of Saint Joseph, which borders The Mercy Community campus, the University of Hartford, and a branch of the University of Connecticut.
During the summer of 2010, West Hartford was recognized by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine as one of the “10 Best Cities for the Next Decade” and “10 Best Cities to Raise a Family.” Also, CNNMoney.com ranked West Hartford among the “Top 100 Best Places to Live.”