Allow me to introduce you to Fairfield County! It is one of the busiest and fastest growing counties in Connecticut. Close to NY suburbs and NYC (5 miles from the LI sound) it makes for a great place to raise a family and a commuter’s dream. Rated #10 on 2022 Best Suburbs to Live in Connecticut. Fairfield has 35 cities/ towns, 4 of which include CT’s most diverse metropolitan areas- Bridgeport, Stamford, Danbury and Norwalk. There are 959,768 people that live here, making up a quarter of Connecticut’s population. Fairfield County residents are educated, 45% or more of the population holds a bachelor’s degree or higher.
There are 10 colleges in Fairfield county alone, making opportunities available to you right in your neighborhood. Fairfield is bustling with businesses and job opportunities. Many businesses like NBC Sports, Vineyard Vines and BIC, call Fairfield their home and look locally for talent. There’s lots to do here in Fairfield county! From the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, to the several hiking and beaches to visit. For the sports fans you’d enjoy a Westchester Knicks basketball game playing out of Bridgeport or Bridgeport Islander hockey game. There are also several annual Expos and local events, you can check them out HERE! There’s a lot to explore in the county and I encourage you to take advantage.
Stamford is Connecticut’s second most populous city, with 136K people living in a 52-square-mile area. This thriving city is home to one of the nation’s most highly educated populations in the US (tied with Iowa City for the US metropolitan area with the highest percentage of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree).
Stamford has a long history, with the deed signed on July 1, 1640. Over the past few years, Stamford has focused on mixed-use redevelopment to accommodate fast-paced growth. The main project was for the Harbor Point area, adding over 6 million square feet of new retail, residential, office, hotel, and marina space. Diversity is abundant in Stamford: non-Hispanic white (49.3%), Hispanic (27.2%), African American (14.1%); and Asian American (8.6%). Walk down a street in Stamford, and you are bound to hear several different languages being spoken.
There is always something to do, and somewhere to explore in Stamford: a Nature Center; the Bartlett Arboretum; Soundwaters Community Center; Cove Island Park; Curtain Call Inc. for plays; Chelsea Piers; Palace Theatre; several summer concert series; Mill River Park; Cummings Park; Sterling Farms Golf Course; and Mianus River Park.
In addition to nine Fortune 500 companies based in Stamford, NBC Sports Group’s world headquarters; WWE global headquarters; Charter Communication’s world headquarters are all based in Stamford. Travel is far from complicated in Stamford, with commuter trains to Grand Central Station (47 minutes), the high-speed train service between Boston and Washington (Acela), and access to 11 major airports.
Settled in 1649, Norwalk is the sixth most populous city in Connecticut with 91K residents in an area of 36 square miles. Norwalk is named after the Algonquin word meaning “point of land”. The Battle of Norwalk during the Revolutionary War burned most of the town, but it became a major railroad stop in the 19th century.
Norwalk is consistently enhancing a flourishing business district with a new shopping mall and a vibrant downtown. Well-known companies have headquarters in Norwalk, including Pepperidge Farm; Xerox; Frontier Communications; Datto; and Stew Leonard’s.
Along with competitive swimming and recreational boating, baseball and softball are popular in Norwalk, with four baseball fields and 16 Little League fields. Three golf courses exist in Norwalk, two are private and one is public. Norwalk also has several noteworthy attractions, including the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum; Norwalk Symphony Orchestra; and the Stepping Stones Museum for Children.
Settled in 1645, Darien is one of Fairfield County’s smaller towns. It covers approximately 15 square miles and is home to about 22K people as well as an award-winning school system. Recreation and sports are valued for Darien residents, with eleven parks, a private beach club (Tokeneke), several country and yacht clubs, and two public beaches. Darien is divided into the Downtown area; Noroton; Noroton Heights; Long Neck Point; and the largely-private area of Tokeneke. The Darien Library is the most heavily utilized library in CT and is geared towards families, with a plethora of programs for all age groups.
The city hosts several annual events, including a Valentine’s Day Dessert Wars (Darien Parks and Recreation); April Easter Egg Hunt; Tilly Pond Model Boat Regatta in May; Weed Beach Family concerts in June; Art fairs in July and September; Halloween window painting; and holiday scavenger hunts in December.
Wilton is nestled just above Norwalk with 18K residents in an area of 27 square miles. Wilton was originally recognized as a parish in 1726 when its first meeting house was built. In 1802, despite objections from Norwalk, Wilton became an independent political entity comprised of a lot of farmland. An interesting historical fact is that Wilton became one of the stops on the Underground Railroad for runaway slaves. In addition, until 1993, Wilton’s local ordinances did not permit the sale of alcoholic beverages. It wasn’t until 2010 that an ordinance was enacted to allow liquor stores to sell alcohol.
Today, Wilton is a rural residential community where many people commute to Stamford or New York City for work. It is the sixth most affluent town per capita in Connecticut. Most (96%) residents are white and 75.4% are married couples living together. Neighborhoods in Wilton include Silvermine; Georgetown; South Wilton; and Cannondale Historic District. Breitling SA; Melissa & Doug; and AIG Financial Products call Wilton home.
Places to visit in Wilton include: Weir Farms (the only National Historic site in CT) for hiking and painting; Woodcock Nature Center; Ambler Farm; and Wilton Historical Society (kids events every other Sunday).