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Get to Know Fairfield, CT

Get to Know Fairfield, CT

Fairfield is a town located in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. It borders the towns of Westport, Trumbull, Easton, Weston, and Bridgeport along the Gold Coast of Connecticut. Fairfield is home to two post-secondary institutions, Fairfield University and Sacred Heart University.

Money Magazine selected Fairfield as the 44th “Best Place to Live” in its 2014 edition. Here’s why:

“About a third of Fairfield residents brave the 75-minute commute to New York City via express train during the week. The payoff: weekends in a city with a thriving downtown, lively restaurant scene and five miles of beaches on the Long Island Sound coastline. The schools are among the state’s best (the town’s two high schools are in the top 25 in the state), and Lake Mohegan is a popular hiking and fresh-water swimming spot. And though home prices have steadily climbed since the recession ended, Fairfield is more affordable relative to neighboring towns in the county.”

Fairfield Connecticut
Money Best Places to Live
2016 Best Places to Live - Niche

In 2016, Fairfield was ranked #7 in Niche’s Report on the Healthiest Places to Live in Connecticut.

According to Money Magazine’s 2016 Best Places to Live Report, Fairfield, CT has the following stats:

FAIRFIELD, CT
POPULATION 59,796
PERCENT OF RESIDENTS WITH AT LEAST A BACHELOR’S DEGREE 61.7%
AVERAGE COMMUTE TIME IN MINUTES 30
MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME $145,460
PROJECTED 5-YEAR JOB GROWTH 5%
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 5.5%
MEDIAN HOME PRICE $535,000
AVERAGE PROPERTY TAX $11,033

 

Train Stations

Schools

US News & World Report Best High SchoolsFairfield has three public high schools, three public middle schools, and eleven public elementary schools:

Fairfield has several Catholic schools, including two high schools, Fairfield Prep and Notre Dame, and two primary schools, St. Thomas Aquinas and Our Lady of the Assumption.

Non-religious private schools include Fairfield Country Day School and the Unquowa School.

Neighborhoods

Fairfield consists of many neighborhoods. The best known are Southport with its beautiful beach, and Greenfield Hill, with its large areas, famous dogwood trees

  • Fairfield Center/Downtown Fairfield
  • Fairfield Beach area
  • Grasmere
  • Greenfield Hill
  • Sasco Hill and Beach
  • Southport
  • Stratfield Village
  • Tunxis Hill

Parks and Recreation

Fairfield residents enjoy a wealth of recreational opportunities, many of which stem from Fairfield’s enviable location on the Long Island Sound. The “SportsPlex” is located in downtown Fairfield and offers athletic activities such as; ice skating, indoor climbing, indoor soccer and gymnastics.

Playgrounds & Skate Park

  • Jennings Beach Skate Park
  • Dover Park:  Playground
  • Gould Manor Park:  Playground, Picnic Area, Sledding Hills & Skating Pond
  • Grasmere Eldercare Center: Softball Field & Playground
  • Henry Rowland Park “The Sand Castle”: Playground
  • Highwood Park: Playground
  • Lincoln Park: Playground
  • Melville Park: Playground
  • Oldfield Senior Center: Playground
  • Owen Fish Park:  Baseball Field, Picnic Area & Skating Pond
  • Pine Creek Avenue Park: Playground
  • Rugby Park: Playground
  • Sgt. Murphy Park: Playground
  • Sturges Park: Playground & Sledding Hills
  • Tunxis Hill Park: Baseball Field, Playground & Sledding Hills
  • Veres Street Park: Softball Field, Playground
  • Veterans Park: Softball Field, Playground, Picnic Area & Bocce Courts

Photos of Fairfield

RSS Fairfield News

  • Leaf Collection to Begin Monday, November 4 October 9, 2019
    The Town of Fairfield provides 4 weeks of leaf collection to residents.   This year's weeks are: November 4 November 11 November 18 December 2 There is no pickup the week of  November 25, Thanksgiving week. Bags must be curbside by 6:00 am Monday, to assure pickup that week. For complete information, including how to schedule pick-ups in the […]
  • Fairfield Complete Streets Policy Ranked in Top Ten Nationally by Smart Growth America October 9, 2019
    First Selectman Mike Tetreau is very pleased to announce that the Town of Fairfield has been nationally recognized as having one of the top ten Complete Street policies adopted in 2018. Fairfield's newly endorsed policy—designed to help plan a better street environment for all types of users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, public-transit riders, and motorists—was ranked […]
  • Fairfield Native Receives Nobel Prize! October 8, 2019
    Fairfield native and Harvard professor Dr. William G. Kaelin Jr. is one of three global scientists to win the Nobel Prize for discovering details of how the human body’s cells sense and react to low oxygen levels, providing a base for developing new treatments for anemia, cancer and other diseases. Yesterday, Dr. Kaelin, Gregg L. […]
  • Public Utilities Regulatory Authority Holding Public Comment Hearing to Review Standards for Emergency Performance by UI and Other Electric Companies October 7, 2019
    The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (Authority or PURA) will hold a Public Comment Hearing regarding response time and staffing of Electric Distribution Companies such as United Illuminating (UI) during an emergency. The Public Comment Hearing will be held on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in Fire Training Classroom A at the Fairfield Regional […]
  • First Selectman’s Response to Questions on Hiring of Communications Consultant October 4, 2019
    Please click here to read First Selectman Mike Tetreau's latest blog entry on the background and circumstances regarding the hiring of a communications consultant this past summer to help address matters related to the fill pile properly and expeditiously.     

Golf & Tennis

Private Country Clubs

Fairfield CT Beach
Beaches

The town’s 5 miles of Long Island Sound coastline include five town beaches which are staffed by lifeguards during the summer and miles of privately owned beach which are open to the public below the high tide mark.

Marinas

Fairfielders are fortunate to have two public marinas in Town:

  • South Benson Marina, located at 471 Turney Road in Fairfield, is a town-owned facility providing 600 boat slips which residents can rent for the summer.
  • Ye Yacht Yard, located at 985 Harbor Road, Southport, on picturesque Southport Harbor, accommodates 60 small boats to a maximum 14” and no wider than 5’.  It also provides boat launch services to residents and access to moorings in Southport Harbor. Additionally, 25 Kayak racks are available.  Ye Yacht Yard is also the location of Community Sailing of Fairfield, whose members share use of two 18-foot sailboats.