Fairfield County

Looking to move to The Constitution State? Consider choosing Fairfield County, the most populous county in Connecticut, containing four of the state’s largest cities: Bridgeport, Stamford, Norwalk and Danbury. Rich in history and culture, lower Fairfield County is conveniently located just 50 miles northeast of New York City and includes some of the wealthiest communities in the country. In fact, there have been numerous novels and films that have taken place there, including The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, The Stepford Wives, The Ice Storm, The Swimmer, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House and Gentleman’s Agreement. With four distinct seasons, it’s encouraged to take advantage of the area’s scenic and diverse landscapes—whether it be watersports on the glistening Long Island Sound shorelines that span the Gold Coast, or hiking the vast highlands that include the Taconic and Berkshire ranges of the Appalachian Mountains. Learn more about life in Fairfield County, including local schools, weather, and things to do and see.

Year Founded: 1666

Population as of 2015: 948,053

Land Area (sq. miles): 625

Median Age: 38.85

Median Household Income: $83,163

Median Home Price: $422,400

Annual Weather Averages:

  • High Temperature: 84° Fahrenheit
  • Low Temperature: 18° Fahrenheit
  • Rainfall: 47 inches
  • Snowfall: 26 inches

Notable Employment Facts: As of 2015, average weekly wages in Fairfield County rank seventh among the 342 largest U.S. counties. It has become a haven for the financial services and healthcare industry. In 2015, the Stamford-Norwalk-Bridgeport area placed in the top 10 of Best Places to Start a Business, as ranked by NerdWallet.

Major Employers: Bridgeport Hospital, Boehringerlngelheim Corp., Dooney & Bourke, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Danbury Hospital, IMS Health.

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Largest City: Fairfield County is about 55 miles away from New York City.

Local Radio Stations:

  • WEFX (95.9 FM) Classic Rock
  • WKHL (96.7 FM) Oldies
  • WEBE (107.9 FM) Adult Contemporary

Public Transit: CT Transit bus, Metro-North Railroad, Amtrak, Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Company

Parks and Recreation: Fairfield County is filled with ways to enjoy the great outdoors during any season.

  • Searching for fun in the sun? Fairfield County is home to some of the largest beaches on the Long Island Sound. Of the largest are Seaside Park, 325 acres featuring beaches, grassy areas, sports fields, and an island wildlife preserve; Compo Beach and Marina, a 29-acre park and marina offering a concession stand, pavilion, picnic areas furnished with grills, as well as a playground, basketball and volleyball court, open skate areas and a softball field; and Jennings Beach with 27 acres of fun that includes a rock jetty for hunting crabs, boat access, a large concession stand, volleyball courts and sailboat and kayak racks.
  • There are tons of community parks strewn across the county, including eight state parks and two state forests. Enjoy lunch in the picnic grove, swimming and sunbathing on the sound, and taking a closer look at marsh life from the observation platform at Sherwood Island State Park. Huntington State Park welcomes visitors with lifelike sculptures of bears and wolves, inviting visitors into 883 acres of open fields and dense woodlands. Indian Well State Park gets its name from its scenic waterfalls and splash pool. Visitors can create a hands-on history lesson at Putnam Memorial State Park, the site of the Continental Army’s 1779 winter encampment in Bethel and home to Philip’s Cave.
  • Ready to get back in the saddle again or brush up on your current equestrian skills? Fairfield County has a variety of facilities just for you, including Getner Barn, Mead Farm, New Canaan Mounted Troop, Inc., Ox Ridge Hunt Club, and Silvermine Farm.
  • Pitch a tent and craft the perfect s’more at one of Fairfield County’s campgrounds.
  • Have a four-legged friend? Fairfield County offers 10 off-leash dog parks.
  • Want to have a wild time at the zoo? Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is open all year ‘round and features more than 300 species from North and South America.
  • Learn about your favorite sea creatures and take a closer look at the Long Island Sound at The Maritime Aquarium, open year ‘round.
  • Audubon Greenwich serves as the hub for Audubon’s Bird-Friendly Communities work in Connecticut. Visitors can enjoy trails, nature programs, and conservation-themed events.

Rich and Vibrant Arts and Culture:

  • Boothe Memorial Park and Museum is said to be the oldest homestead in the nation, dating back to the 1600s. Features include a carriage house, Americana Museum, windmill, clock tower and train museum, planetarium, trolley station and a prize-winning rose garden. Tours are available during select hours throughout the year.
  • Discovery Museum & Planetarium features three floors of hands-on, interactive scientific fun, including planetarium shows, demonstrations and special exhibits. The space can be rented for special events, birthday parties and overnights.
  • Downtown Cabaret Theatre is an award-winning experience, featuring a unique “BYOB & Picnic” cabaret style seating atmosphere. With a main stage theater, main stage concert, and children’s theater, there’s something for everyone.
  • Stratford Antique Center is home to antiques and collectibles spanning over 16,500 square feet. Open daily from 10 a.m.–5 p.m., the center is a treasure trove for any antique lover.

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