Fairfield County, Connecticut


Fairfield County is a in the southwestern corner of the of , as well as the State's fastest-growing from 2010 to 2020 and in terms of population. As of the , the county's population was 957,419, representing 26.6% of Connecticut's overall population. The closest to the center of the , the county contains four of the state's largest cities– (1st), (3rd), (6th), and (7th)–whose combined population of 433,368 is nearly half the county's total population. The has designated Fairfield County as the . The ranked the metropolitan area as the of the in 2019. The U.S. Office of Management and Budget has further designated the metropolitan statistical area as a component of the more extensive , the combined statistical area and of the United States. As is the case with all eight of Connecticut's counties, there is no county government and no . As an area, it is only a geographical point of reference. In Connecticut, the cities and towns are responsible for all local governmental activities including fire and rescue, schools, and snow removal; in a few cases, neighboring towns will share certain resources. Fairfield County's helped rank it sixth in the U.S. in per-capita personal income by the Bureau of Economic Analysis in 2005, contributing substantially to Connecticut being one of the most affluent states in the U.S. Other communities are more densely populated and economically diverse than the affluent areas for which the county is better known.


Fairfield County was the home of many tribes prior to the coming of the . People of the lived in the area of present-day and . From east to west the ships included the , Tankiteke, and the . There were also Paquioque and inhabitants of Fairfield County. The Dutch explorer explored coastal Connecticut in the Spring and early Summer of 1614 in the North America-built vessel '. The first European settlers of the county, however, were s and from . (1590–1664), one of the founders of the , helped to purchase and charter the towns of Fairfield (1639) and Norwalk (purchased 1640, chartered as a town in 1651). Ludlow is credited as having chosen the name . Fairfield is a descriptive name referring to the beauty of its fields. The town of was settled in 1639 as well by (1596–1665). (1605–1661) was also one of the first settlers of Stratford in 1639. Fairfield County was established by an act of the Connecticut General Court in Hartford along with , , and ; which were the first four Connecticut counties, on May 10, 1666. From transcriptions of the Connecticut Colonial Records for that day: :This Court orders that from the east bounds of Stratford :to ye bounds of Rye shalbe for future one County wch :shalbe called the County of Fairfield. And it is ordered :that the County Court shalbe held at Fairfield on the second :Tuesday in March and the first Tuesday of November :yearely. (''sic'') The original Fairfield County consisted of the towns of , Greenwich, Stamford, Norwalk, , and . In 1673, the town of was incorporated and added to Fairfield County. In 1683, New York and Connecticut reached a final agreement regarding their common border. This resulted in the cession of the town of Rye and all claims to to New York. From the late 17th to early 18th centuries, several new towns were incorporated in western Connecticut and added to Fairfield County, namely Danbury (1687), Ridgefield (1709), Newtown (1711), and New Fairfield (1740). In 1751, was constituted, taking over the town of Woodbury. The final boundary adjustment to Fairfield County occurred in 1788 when the town of Brookfield was incorporated from parts of Newtown, Danbury, and , with Fairfield County gaining territory from Litchfield County. Other early county inhabitants include: * (born 1603 in England; died 1690), who had emigrated to America in 1629 and then settled in Stratford in 1650, later becoming Stratford's first town clerk. Joseph Hawley's son Ephraim built the in 1683 in that is still standing and serves as a private residence. * ( 1700–1774), from Norwalk, was a governor of the Colony of Connecticut. * (1732–1790) of the town of Fairfield fought for the Americans during the and rose to the rank of by 1776. He fought in the that year. During the Revolutionary War, Connecticut's prodigious agricultural output led to it being known informally as "the Provisions State". In the spring of 1777, the British , in New York City, ordered to interrupt the flow of supplies from Connecticut that were reaching the . Tryon and led a fleet of 26 ships carrying 2,000 men to Westport's Compo Beach to raid Continental Army supply depots in Danbury on April 22, 1777. American (1710–1777), who was born in Stratford, was in charge of the stores at Danbury and defended them with a force of only 700 troops. helped rally New York militia to aid in the defense of Danbury. The New York militia included Sybil's father . Though they arrived too late to save Danbury from burning, the elder Ludington and the New York militia helped support the Danbury troops and ensuing engagement of the British known as the on April 27, 1777. Wooster was wounded at Ridgefield and died five days later in Danbury. Two years later during a British raid on Greenwich on February 26, 1779 , who had stayed at the previous night, rode away on his horse to warn the people of Stamford. Putnam was shot at by the British raiders but was able to escape. The he was wearing with a hole in it is on display at Knapp's Tavern in Greenwich (which is commonly, albeit somewhat erroneously, called ). In the summer of 1779, General William Tryon sought to punish Americans by attacking civilian targets in coastal Connecticut with a force of about 2,600 British troops. New Haven was raided on July 5, Fairfield was raided on the 7th and burned. Norwalk was raided on July 10 and burned on the 11th. Norwalk militia leader Captain Stephen Betts put up resistance to the invaders, but was overwhelmed by the powerful British raiders and was forced to retreat. (1786–1864) was a prominent early lawyer and judge in this and neighboring Litchfield County. On October 7, 1801, Neheemiah Dodge and other members of the Danbury Baptist Association wrote a letter to then-president expressing their concern that as Baptists they may not be able to express full religious liberty in the state of Connecticut whose "ancient charter" was adopted before the establishment of a church in the state. Jefferson replied in a letter to Dodge and the other members of the Danbury church on January 1, 1802, in which he stated that the provided "a " that protected them. Although it is often viewed as an extension of metro-New York City, Fairfield County has had much industry in its own right. , a milling machine manufacturer, was founded in Bridgeport in 1938. From the early to mid-20th century Bridgeport was in the top 50 largest cities by population. Stamford, Connecticut is an example of edge city urbanization, with many large and important companies having offices there and benefiting from proximity to New York. At the height of its influence in the 1920s, the had a distinct presence in the county and county politics. The group was most active in .DiGiovanni, the Rev. (now Monsignor) Stephen M., ''The Catholic Church in Fairfield County: 1666-1961,'' 1987, William Mulvey Inc., New Canaan, Chapter II: The New Catholic Immigrants, 1880-1930; subchapter: "The True American: White, Protestant, Non-Alcoholic," pp. 81-82; DiGiovanni, in turn, cites (Footnote 209, page 258) Jackson, Kenneth T., ''The Ku Klux Klan in the City, 1915-1930'' (New York, 1981), p. 239 The Klan has since disappeared from the county. Fairfield County, along with all other Connecticut counties, was abolished as a governmental agency in accord with state legislation that took effect October 1, 1960.



According to the , the county has a total area of , of which is land and (25.3%) is water. The terrain of the county trends from flat near the coast to hilly and higher near its northern extremity. The highest elevation is 1,290 feet (393 m) above sea level along the state line south of Branch Hill in the Town of Sherman; the lowest point is sea level itself. The and the ranges of the run through Fairfield County. The Taconics begin roughly in and the Berkshires begin roughly in , both running north to and beyond. A portion of the Taconics also is in rural and rural in Fairfield County and run north into , , eventually re-entering Fairfield County in . A small portion of the runs through Fairfield County; the trail enters Connecticut in the northernmost and least populous town in the county, , and moves east into , which encompasses the majority of the Appalachian Trail in Connecticut. The section of the range that runs through Greenwich and North Stamford of Fairfield County is also the part of the Appalachians that is closest to the coast out of the entire .


The agreed 1684 territorial limits of the county are defined as east of New York's , which extends into with a southerly limit of half way to Long Island, New York. The eastern limit is mostly a defined as the halfway point of the with New Haven County with the exception of several islands belonging wholly to . The depth of the Sound varies between 60 and . The county is home to the , , , , , , , , and the .


The is polluted with mercury nitrate from the hat industry in , which has flowed into the and . The is polluted with chemicals called . From ''circa'' 1932 until 1977, the river received discharges from the plant at .

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2000 census

As of the of 2000, there were 882,567 people, 324,232 households, and 228,259 families residing in the county. The was 1,410 people per square mile (545/km2). There were 339,466 housing units at an average density of 542 per square mile (209/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 79.31% , 10.01% or , 0.20% , 3.25% , 0.04% , 4.70% from , and 2.49% from two or more races. 11.88% of the population were or of any race. 17.6% were of , 12.4% , 6.5% and 6.4% ancestry. In 2010, 66.2% of Fairfield County's population was non-Hispanic whites and 10.8% of the population was black. Asians were 4.6% of the population. Hispanics now constituted 16.9% of the population. As of 2000, 76.2% spoke , 11.0% , 2.0% , 1.7% and 1.1% as their first language. Some of the last group were Haitians, although other Haitians would identify as their first language. There were 324,232 households, out of which 34.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.50% were living together, 11.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.60% were non-families. 24.00% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.18. In the county, the population was spread out, with 25.60% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 30.90% from 25 to 44, 23.30% from 45 to 64, and 13.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.60 males. The median income for a household in the county was $65,249, and the median income for a family was $77,690. Males had a median income of $51,996 versus $37,108 for females. The for the county was $38,350. About 5.00% of families and 6.90% of the population were below the , including 8.30% of those under age 18 and 6.60% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the , there were 916,829 people, 335,545 households, and 232,896 families residing in the county. The population density was . There were 361,221 housing units at an average density of . The racial makeup of the county was 74.8% white, 10.8% black or African American, 4.6% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 6.8% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 16.9% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 18.1% were , 15.9% were , 9.8% were , 8.7% were , 5.5% were , and 2.7% were . Of the 335,545 households, 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.1% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.6% were non-families, and 24.9% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.21. The median age was 39.5 years. The median income for a household in the county was $81,268 and the median income for a family was $100,593. Males had a median income of $70,187 versus $50,038 for females. The per capita income for the county was $48,295. About 5.6% of families and 8.0% of the population were below the , including 9.4% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.

Demographic breakdown by town


Data is from the 2010 United States Census and the 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates.


Data is from the 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, ACS Demographic and Housing Estimates, "Race alone or in combination with one or more other races."


In the late 1960s and early 1970s, corporations began moving their to Fairfield County from ; Thomas J. Lueck of ' said that the trend "permanently decentralized big business in the ." During the 1980s many buyouts and reorganizations and an lead to companies vacating much of the suburban office space in Fairfield County. In 1992 Fairfield County had the headquarters of over 25 major multinational corporations, giving it the third largest concentration of those companies in the United States after and . Recently, Fairfield County has been described as a " ghetto" due to the large concentration of firms in the area, most notably (one of the world's largest hedge fund companies), Aladdin Capital Management, and .

Government and municipal services

As of 1960, counties in Connecticut do not have any associated county government structure. Thus Fairfield County is only a geographical point of reference. All municipal services are provided by the towns, who sometimes will share certain resources through regionalization. In order to address issues concerning more than one town, several regional agencies that help coordinate the towns for infrastructure, land use, and economic development concerns have been established. Within the geographical area of Fairfield County, the regional agencies are: * Greater Bridgeport * South Western * The Valley (partly in New Haven County) * Housatonic Valley (partly in Litchfield County)

County municipal buildings

Several former county municipal buildings are used by other state or local agencies, including: * The Fairfield County Jail in on the corner of North Avenue and Madison Avenue, still actively used to house prisoners. * The Fairfield County Court Houses in and which served the county's judicial needs and housed county deputy sheriff's until December 2000. The court houses are still marked "Fairfield County Court House".

Law enforcement

Law enforcement within the geographic area of the county is provided by the respective town police departments, whereas in other states in the region such as New York and law enforcement would be provided by the local county sheriff's department. In the less dense areas, such as , law enforcement is primarily provided by the . Prior to 2000, a existed for the purpose of executing judicial warrants, prisoner transport, court security, , and county and state executions. These responsibilities have now been taken over by the . Some municipalities in the county still maintain a sheriff's department to fill the void of the abolishment of the county sheriff's department, such as the which has established the to carry out warrants in the city.


The geographic area of the county is served by the three separate judicial districts: Danbury, Stamford-Norwalk, and Fairfield. Each judicial district has a superior court located, respectively, in Danbury, Stamford, and Bridgeport. Each judicial district has one or more geographical area courts ("GA"'s), subdivisions of the judicial districts that handle lesser cases such as criminal misdemeanors, small claims, traffic violations, and other civil actions.

Fire protection

Fire protection in the county is provided by the towns. Several towns also have that provide services to a section of the town.


Education in the county is usually provided by the town governments. The exceptions are the towns of Redding and Easton, which joined to form a regional school district (Region 9).

Crime rate

Fairfield County has a low crime index of 2050.2 (per 100,000 citizens) as well as a murder closure rate of over 70%. Several Governmental agencies, as well as private security contractors, have made note of Fairfield's low crime rates and the county currently has 6 cities and towns with a percentile safety index of 90% or higher compared to the rest of the continental United States (based on violent and property crimes).


As with neighboring Westchester County, Fairfield County was generally a Republican stronghold for much of the 20th century. Urban municipalities such as Stamford, Norwalk and Bridgeport trended Democratic, while the suburban and rural enclaves tended to lean Republican. However, during the 1990s, the latter areas began to increasingly shift towards Democratic candidates. Today, only Hartford County has a higher concentration of Democratic voters. The last time the county voted for a Republican presidential candidate was in 1992 for .


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Mass transit

With Interstate 95 and the Merritt Parkway increasingly clogged with traffic, state officials are looking toward mass transit to ease the county's major thoroughfares' traffic burden. New office buildings are being concentrated near railroad stations in , and other municipalities in the county to allow for more rail commuting. Proximity to was cited by the as a key reason for locating its new U.S. headquarters building in downtown Stamford; construction on the office tower started in late 2006.


Within Fairfield County there are two regional airports: in Stratford and the in Danbury. The county is also served by larger airports such as , , , , , and .

Bus service

's runs local and inter-city buses to the southern part of the county. The serves the Norwalk area in the southern central portion of the county; the serves Bridgeport and eastern Fairfield County; and the agency serves Danbury and the northern portions of the county.

Ferry service

The carries passengers and cars from to across Long Island Sound. Ferry lines in and out of Stamford are also in development.


Commuter Rail is perhaps Fairfield County's most important transportation artery, as it allows its residents an efficient ride to in New York City. Service is provided on 's , and every town on the shoreline has at least one station. Connecting lines bring service to New Canaan from Stamford on the , and to Danbury from South Norwalk on the . Many trains run express from New York to Stamford, making it an easy 45-minute ride. In the 2005 and 2006 sessions of the Legislature, massive appropriations were made to buy replacements for the 343 rail cars for the Metro-North New Haven Line and branch lines. The approximately 30-year-old cars will be replaced with new cars at a rate of ten per month starting in 2010. and are also served by Amtrak, and both cities see a significant number of boardings on the "Regional Northeast Route" (Boston to Newport News, VA). This route also serves other Amtrak stations in Connecticut, including New Haven, Old Saybrook, New London, and Mystic.

Major roads

Boston Post Road

is the oldest east–west route in the county, running through all of its shoreline cities and towns. Known by various names along its length, most commonly "" or simply "Post Road", it gradually gains latitude from west to east. Thus U.S. 1 west is officially designated "South" and east is "North". Though contiguous, U.S.1 changes name by locality. In Greenwich it is Putnam Avenue. In Stamford it becomes Main Street or Tresser Boulevard. In Darien it is Boston Post Road or "the Post Road". In Norwalk it is Connecticut Avenue in the west, Van Zant St, Cross St, and North Av in the center, and Westport Avenue in the east. In Westport, it is Post Road West from the Norwalk town line until the Saugatuck River and then it becomes Post Road East until Fairfield. In Fairfield it is again Boston Post Road or "the Post Road". In Bridgeport it follows Kings Highway in the west, North Avenue in the center, and Boston Avenue in the east. Finally, it becomes Barnum Avenue in Stratford.

Interstate 95

The western portions of are known as the or the Governor John Davis Lodge Turnpike in Fairfield County and it crosses the state approximately parallel to U.S. Route 1. The road is most commonly referred to as "I-95". The highway is six lanes (sometimes eight lanes) throughout the county. It was completed in 1958 and is often clogged with traffic particularly during morning and evening s. With the cost of land so high along the Gold Coast, state lawmakers say they don't consider widening the highway to be fiscally feasible, although occasional stretches between entrances and nearby exits are now sometimes connected with a fourt

lane (for instance, westbound between the Exit 10 interchange in Darien and Exit 8 in Stamford). Expect similar added lanes in Darien and elsewhere in the Fairfield County portion of the highway in the future, lawmakers and officials say.

Merritt Parkway

The , also known as "The Merritt" or , is a truck-free scenic parkway that runs through the county parallel and generally several miles north of Interstate 95. It begins at the New York state line where it is the and terminates on the where it becomes the at the New Haven county line. The interchange between the Merritt Parkway and Route 7 in Norwalk was completed around the year 2000. The project was held up in a lawsuit won by preservationists concerned about the historic Merritt Parkway bridges. It is now exit 39 off the Merritt, and exit 15 off I-95. The parkway is a and is listed on the .

Interstate 84

, which runs through Danbury, is scheduled to be widened to a six-lane highway at all points between Danbury and Waterbury. State officials say they hope the widening will not only benefit drivers regularly on the route but also entice some cars from the more crowded Interstate 95, which is roughly parallel to it. Heavier trucks are unlikely to use Interstate 84 more often, however, because the route is much hillier than I-95 according to a state Department of Transportation official.

U.S. Route 7

With its southern terminus at Interstate 95 in central Norwalk, heads north through Wilton, Ridgefield, and Danbury to points north. In Danbury and almost all of Norwalk, the route is a highway (known as "Super 7" in the Danbury area or "The Connector" in Norwalk) but it becomes a four-lane road just south of the Wilton-Norwalk border and up to Danbury. There is significant opposition to making the route a limited access highway for the entire length by residents of Wilton and Ridgefield. As a compromise between freeway supporters and opponents, the Connecticut Department of Transportation is upgrading the existing 2-lane section to 4 lanes, with a median in some locations. The state has also bypassed the original 2-lane Route 7 around Brookfield with a freeway, where town officials have long supported an expressway to divert traffic away from the town center.

Connecticut Route 8

terminates in downtown Bridgeport from I-95 with Connecticut Route 25 and goes north. It splits from Connecticut Route 25 at the Bridgeport—Trumbull town line and continues north into southeastern Trumbull and Shelton, then beyond the county through some of towns of the Naugatuck River Valley to Waterbury and beyond. Construction of the route provided some impetus for the creation of office parks in Shelton and home construction there and in other parts of The Valley.

Connecticut Route 25

starts in downtown Bridgeport from I 95 with Route 8 and goes north. It splits from Connecticut Route 8 at the Bridgeport—Trumbull town line and continues into Trumbull. The limited access divided expressway ends in northern Trumbull, but Route 25 continues into Monroe, Newtown, and Brookfield.


Teams that previously called Fairfield County their home include the of , the and the of the , and the in baseball's independent Atlantic League. In addition, being a part of metropolitan New York City, the major professional sports teams of New York State and New Jersey are local teams to Connecticut.


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Telephone area codes

All communities in the county are in the / overlay except for the town of which is in and part of the geographical telephone exchange.

Major media in the county



Daily newspapers covering the county

Published within the county

*''The Advocate of Stamford'' - Stamford edition, published by Southern Connecticut Newspapers Inc., a subsidiary of the Tribune Company. *''The Advocate of Stamford'' - Norwalk edition *''Connecticut Post'', owned by Media General Group, published in Bridgeport. *''Greenwich Time'', published by Southern Connecticut Newspapers Inc., a subsidiary of the Tribune Company. *' (registration required), controlled by a trust under the ultimate authority of Norwalk Probate Court. *''The News-Times of Danbury'', owned by Hearst Communications, Inc. *''The Fairfield County Business Journal'', published by Westfair Communications Inc. *''The Newtown Bee'' published in Newtown. *The ''Darien Times'' published in Darien.

Spanish language newspapers

*''El Sol News'', countywide, based in Stamford. *''El Canillita'', distributed across southwestern Connecticut. *''Pluma Libre'', distributed across southwestern Connecticut.

Broadcast media and cable television

* Fairfield County is in the TV market and receives its TV stations. Some TV stations in the are also available to Fairfield County viewers. * has studios in Norwalk and covers Fairfield County as well as statewide news from Hartford. * from maintains a secondary feed for Fairfield County on their fourth subchannel which is carried by area cable providers; it mainly offers differing advertising for local businesses, along with a different programming schedule to address programming which is claimed by New York City stations and would otherwise be on WFSB.


* in Bridgeport * in Bridgeport * Stamford campus * in Fairfield * * St. Vincent's College in Bridgeport * in Fairfield * in Danbury * in Shelton

Culture and the arts

Fine Arts

* Franklin Street Works located in the downtown area of . * The located at in .

Music: orchestras in the county

*Greater Bridgeport Symphony. Founded in 1945, its concerts are held at Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport. The orchestra offers a free outdoors pops concert in the summer at Fairfield University. Gustav Meier has been with the GBSO for 41 years. *Connecticut Grand Opera, a not-for-profit, professional opera company founded in 1993 and based in Stamford, where it performs at the Palace Theatre. On its web site, the CGO claims to offer "the most ambitious opera season of any company between New York and Boston." *Danbury Symphony Orchestra. This orchestra does not have its own Web site and only part of a web page at the Danbury Music Center web site is devoted to it. *Greenwich Symphony Orchestra. Begun in 1958 as the Greenwich Philharmonia, the orchestra has grown to 90 members who perform at the Dickerman Hollister Auditorium at Greenwich High School. It also performs a pops concert in the summer. David Gilbert has been music director and conductor since 1975. *Norwalk Symphony Orchestra. Its concerts take place in a graceful, large "Norwalk Concert Hall" auditorium of Norwalk City Hall. Founded in 1939, the NSO remained primarily a community orchestra of volunteers. In 1956, the was created, and younger musicians often were invited to be part of the orchestra. Diane Wittry has been music director and conductor since 2002. For the past eight years she has held the same title at the in Pennsylvania. *Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra. Annually, the RSO presents four subscription concerts at the Anne S. Richardson Auditorium at Ridgefield High School, and two chamber music concerts at the Ridgefield Playhouse for the Performing Arts (only one is scheduled in the 2006–07 season), along with an annual "family concert" and performances in Ridgefield schools. *Stamford Symphony Orchestra The SSO typically gives five pairs of classical concerts and three pops concerts a season at the 1,586-seat Palace Theatre. It also performs a concert for elementary school students and a family concert series. * , a not-for-profit organization providing talented young musicians in the Fairfield County and Upper Westchester County areas with a classical symphony experience.

Other music and arts events

*The Barnum Festival has been held in the Spring in Bridgeport since 1949 to raise money for charity. *The Connecticut Film Festival is held in the Spring in Danbury. *The are generally held once a semester on the campus of . This event showcases the best dancers and rappers that live, work, or go to school in Fairfield County. The event is sponsored by the SHU Freestyle Club. *The musical event has been held in Bridgeport's Seaside Park in 1999, 2000, 2007, and again in 2008. *Musicals at Richter, held every summer in , is Connecticut's longest running outdoor theater *The is an annual fair in the city of Norwalk that features craft vendors and live music performances. The festival takes place on the first weekend after in Veterans Park, near .

See also

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