Are you considering moving to Stamford, Connecticut? Located 40 miles from New York City, this city of more than 120,000 is one of the Connecticut’s largest. Major corporations looking for a respite from NYC or just expanding their reach have offices in this Southern Connecticut metropolis. The seventh largest city in New England, Stamford offers more than just a place to work. Learn more about life in Stamford, including local schools, weather, and things to do and see.
Year Founded: 1641
Population as of 2014: 128,278
Land Area (sq. miles): 38
Median Age: 37.9
Median Household Income: $77,221
Median Home Price: $506,000
Annual Weather Averages:
- High Temperature: 63° Fahrenheit
- Low Temperature: 41° Fahrenheit
- Rainfall: 53 inches
- Snowfall: 32 inches
Notable Employment Facts: Largest financial district in New York Metro after New York City, Stamford, CT, is home to four Fortune 500 companies, nine Fortune 1000 companies, and 13 Courant 100 Companies, as determined by the Hartford Courant, as well as numerous divisions of other large corporations. Each of the Big Four accounting firms, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers, has a presence in Stamford.
Major Employers: GE, Immucor, Philips Medical Systems, Pitney Bowes, Stamford Hospital, DMG Information
- Stamford School District:
Nearest Major City: Approximately 40 miles from Manhattan
Local Radio Stations:
- WEDW-FM (88.5 FM) Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc.
- WSTC (1400 AM) Sacred Heart University
Public Transit: Metro-North Railroad, Amtrak, and CT Bus Service lines.
- Area parks include the 7-acre waterfront Kosciuszko Park, Cove Island Park, which features a one mile running trail, two beaches, a salt marsh, and Long Island Sound interpretive trail, and Scalzi Park & Cubeta Stadium, the largest recreational park in the city, featuring multiple athletic fields and courts, trails, the Stamford American Legion baseball squad’s stadium, and a 12,000-sq.-foot skatepark.
- Ready to hit the ice? The Terry Conners Ice Rink has served Stamford for over 40 years.
- Want to work on your short game? The Gaynor Brennan Golf Course is a public course that lives on 70 acres.
- Have a four-legged friend? The Dog Friends of Stamford dog park has separate areas for large and small dogs.
Rich and Vibrant Arts and Culture:
- The Stamford Center for the Arts (SCA), a not-for-profit cultural arts organization, is the region’s premier center for the performing arts. SCA owns two facilities: the renovated and restored historic Palace Theatre and the state-of-the-art Rich Forum.
- Curtain Call is Stamford’s longest-running and only year-round theater company, offering 10 to 12 full-scale productions each year.
- The Avon Theatre Film Center is a nonprofit movie house focusing on classic, alternative and art films.
- Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens is a 91-acre nature preserve that is open year-round to visitors and students of natural history and horticulture.
- The Stamford Observatory is a research facility used by members of the Fairfield County Astronomical Society and is open to the public on Friday nights, weather permitting. Visitors of all ages can enjoy viewing the moon, planets and deep space objects through its 22-inch research telescope.
- The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is an art, history, nature and agricultural sciences museum, on property that covers 118 acres.
- The Stamford Symphony is Southern Connecticut’s only full professional orchestra, with 60 musicians under the direction of Eckart Preu. The symphony’s season runs from October – April each year.
- Stamford Downtown hosts a variety of events, including a farmers market, the Giant Balloon Inflation Party, UBS Parade Spectacular, Heights and Lights and more.
- The Stamford Historical Society is an educational and research institution founded in 1901 that collects, preserves, conserves, interprets and exhibits materials relating to the 375-year history of Stamford, Connecticut.
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