New Haven and Danbury are among the top 50 cities in the U.S. with populations of less than a million, according to a new study from Resonance Consultancy, a marketing firm that specializes in destination branding.
The study ranked New Haven No. 37 and Danbury No. 43.
Of Danbury, Resonance said: “Located just 50 miles northeast of New York City, Danbury is a small town of less than 100,000 — but it’s anything but a sleepy suburb.”
New Haven scored highest for its product and people. Danbury’s best rankings were in the people and prosperity categories.
The best small city, according to Resonance’s study, was Honolulu. Rounding out the top five were Omaha, Neb., Charleston, S.C., Albuquerque, N.M. and Tulsa, Okla.
Portland, Maine was the only other small New England city to crack the top 50, coming in at No. 30.
Among large cities, New York was No. 1, followed by Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington. Boston came in at No. 10.