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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

  • Town Announces Initial List, Timeline and Process for Sites to be Inspected August 16, 2019
    Our Health Department special webpage (https://www.fairfieldct.org/filluseissues) now has a listing of the initial town sites we will be testing and a message about the list.  Testing will be during the week of August 19-23 to determine whether any material from the aggregate fill pile managed by Julian Development that was used on those sites might […]
  • Webpage Set Up for Information Related to Use of Fill from the Aggregate Pile August 14, 2019
    The Town has set up a webpage for posting information (new, documents, test results, etc.) related to the use of fill from the aggregate pile.  The webpage is fairfieldct.org/filluseissues.  The page is maintained by the Health Department. For information specific to the Reclamation Yard and the testing of the aggregate pile at the Yard, please visit the […]
  • Update and Test Results on Gould Manor Park August 14, 2019
    A Message from First Selectman Mike Tetreau: As I advised last week, on August 7, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) conducted soil testing along the sidewalk area of Gould Manor Park, on Holland Hill Road, upon learning that contaminated fill may have been used during a sidewalk improvement project in 2013-2014. […]
  • Webpage Set Up for Information Related to Use of Fill from the Aggregate Pile August 14, 2019
    The Town has set up a webpage for posting information (new, documents, test results, etc.) related to the use of fill from the aggregate pile.  The webpage is fairfieldct.org/filluseissues.  The page is maintained by the Health Department. For information specific to the Reclamation Yard and the testing of the aggregate pile at the Yard, please visit the […]
  • Town of Fairfield Celebrates Four Little League Champion Teams! August 13, 2019
    First Selectman Mike Tetreau and Parks and Recreation Director Anthony Calabrese are very pleased to announce that the Town of Fairfield will hold a celebration for four Little League Team Champions! The celebration, which is open to all members of the public, will be held on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 4:30 pm at the […]

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.