Fairfield

Fairfield, Connecticut, is a charming and thriving town featuring five miles of shoreline on the Long Island Sound.

Overview for Fairfield, CT

61,954 people live in Fairfield, where the median age is 42.2 and the average individual income is $68,799.55. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

61,954

Total Population

42.2 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$68,799.55

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for Fairfield, CT

Fairfield has 21,176 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Fairfield do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 61,954 people call Fairfield home. The population density is 2,071.85 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

61,954

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

42.2

Median Age

48.38 / 51.62%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
21,176

Total Households

3

Average Household Size

$68,799.55

Average individual Income

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Welcome to Fairfield

History

In 1635, Puritans and Congregationalists in the Massachusetts Bay Colony sought to establish an ecclesiastical society subject to their own rules and regulations. The Massachusetts General Court granted them permission to settle in the towns of Windsor, Wethersfield, and Hartford which is an area now known as Connecticut. By 1639 these settlers had started new towns in the surrounding areas. Roger Ludlowe, the framer of the Fundamental Orders, purchased the land presently called Fairfield, and established the name. According to historian John M. Taylor: "Early in 1639, the General Court granted a commission to Ludlow to begin a plantation at Pequannock. He was on that errand, with a few others from Windsor, afterward joined by immigrants from Watertown and Concord. He stole a large tract of land from the Pequannock sachems, and recalling the attractive region beyond (Uncoa), which he had personally seen on the second Pequot expedition, he also “set down” there, having purchased the territory embraced in the present town of Fairfield, to which he gave its name."

When the American Revolutionary War began in the 1770s, Fairfield was caught in a crisis. In a predominantly Tory section of the colony, the people of Fairfield were early supporters of the cause for independence. Throughout the war, a constant battle was being fought across Long Island Sound as men from British-controlled Long Island raided the coast in whaleboats and privateers.
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Fairfield recovered slowly from the burning, but soon after the end of the war its houses and public buildings had all been rebuilt. World War I brought Fairfield out of its agrarian past by triggering an unprecedented economic boom in Bridgeport, which was the center of a large munitions industry at the time. The prosperity created a housing shortage in the city, and many of the workers looked to Fairfield to build their homes. The trolley and later the automobile made the countryside accessible to these newly rich members of the middle class, who brought with them new habits, new attitudes, and new modes of dress. The prosperity lasted throughout the twenties.

About to Fairfield

Fairfield, Connecticut, is a charming and thriving town featuring five miles of shoreline on the Long Island Sound. Fairfield has five town beaches, two universities, many parks and ball fields, two public golf courses, and a vibrant array of restaurants and stores. Family-oriented Fairfield also has top-notch, high-performing public schools with rich academic programs. Only 50 miles from New York City, Fairfield is easily accessible to I-95 and the Merritt Parkway and has three train stations on the Metro North line that extends from New Haven, Connecticut to New York’s Grand Central Terminal. Fairfield is located in Fairfield County, Connecticut, between the cities of Bridgeport and Stamford, and its 59,000 residents are mostly well educated and fall into a high-income demographic. Consistently ranked in the top 100 in CNN/Money Magazine’s best towns in which to live, Fairfield, in 2006, was ranked as the number one town in the Northeast.

Town Hall

High School

Town Library

Schools

The education of Fairfield’s children is a top priority in town and is evidenced by the top-notch public schools. Fairfield has 11 elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools—in addition to an early childhood learning center and an alternative high school. Students also have access to such magnet programs as the Regional Center for the Arts in Trumbull, the Center for Global Studies in Norwalk, and the Aquaculture School in Bridge port. Fairfield consistently outperforms the rest of the state in standardized tests from elementary through high school and 90 percent of high school students graduate and go on to higher education.


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Around Fairfield, CT

There's plenty to do around Fairfield, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

3
Car-Dependent
Walking Score
16
Somewhat Bikeable
Bike Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Greenfield Hill Wines & Spirits, Kindred Spirits & Wine, and Jim's Ice Cream Truck.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining · $$ 1.16 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.04 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 0.54 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.55 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.51 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Nightlife 2.51 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars

Schools in Fairfield, CT

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Primary Schools ()
Middle Schools ()
High Schools ()
Mixed Schools ()
The following schools are within or nearby Fairfield. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Roger Ludlowe Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
The Southport School
PRIVATE
1st - 8th
No rating available
Great Beginnings Montessori School
PRIVATE
PreK - 4th
No rating available
St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Tomlinson Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
Fairfield Ludlowe High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
Giant Steps Connecticut
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
Dwight Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Fairfield College Preparatory
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
Notre Dame Catholic High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Burr Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Hunt Ridge Montessori School
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
Osborn Hill School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Fairfield Country Day School
PRIVATE
PreK - 9th
No rating available
Fairfield Warde High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
Fairfield Woods Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
Jennings School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
North Stratfield School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
St Catherine Academy
PRIVATE
Undergrad - Undergrad
No rating available
Fusion Academy Ff: Fairfield
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available

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