Darien, Connecticut

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Darien, Connecticut

Introduction to Darien, Connecticut

Darien, Connecticut, in Fairfield county, is 4 miles NE of Stamford, Connecticut and 35 miles NE of New York, New York. The town is considered part of the Stamford - Norwalk metropolitan area. Darien has a population of 19,607.

Darien History

This area was originally a part of Stamford. According to historical records, men from Wethersfield and New Haven cleared land in this area sometime around 1641. The first community Church was built in this area in 1740 and it was officially incorporated as Darien in 1820. Following the Civil War, Darien became popular among wealthy New Yorkers who built summer homes in this town.

Darien and nearby Attractions

  • Ox Ridge Hunt Club
  • Country Club of Darien
  • Connecticut Graphics Arts Center and Museum
  • Bates Scofield House
  • Tilley Pond Park
  • Pear Tree Point Beach

Things To Do In Darien

There are several parks and beaches in Darien, as it is blessed with 30 acres of shoreline beaches. The Woodland Park Nature Preserve is spread over an area of 64 acres and has 2 ponds, a stream, 2 trail systems, an archaic stonewall, a footbridge and ornamental plantings.

Darien Transportation

Westchester County Airport provides air transportation services.

Darien Higher Education

Norwalk Community College, Fairfield University and the University of Bridgeport are all nearby.

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High Points

Darien strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Connecticut):

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College Educated Adults
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Top 1% trophy Darien College Educated Adults
Low Violent Crime
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Top 3% trophy Darien Low Violent Crime
Low Property Crime
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Top 9% Darien Low Property Crime

Comparative Profile of Darien, Connecticut

Comparing Darien to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Connecticut (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 10
Male Share of the Population 8 6
Age of the Population 7 4
Racial Diversity 5 7
Senior Citizens 4 4
Female Share of the Population 3 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 10
Average Household Size 9 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 10


Characteristic Compared
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to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 10 10
Low Property Crime 10 8

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Darien Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles NE of Stamford, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 35 miles NE of New York, New York
County Fairfield
Standard Zip Codes 06820
Phone Area Codes 203
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.078
Longitude -73.469

Darien Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 3.8 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 64 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches
Station STAMFORD 5 N
Distance 4.9 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 52.7 inches
Distance 12.9 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 36 F
Apr Temp 40 to 58 F
Jul Temp 65 to 83 F
Oct Temp 45 to 62 F
Annual Precip 50.4 inches
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Darien Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 19,607 100%
Male 9,615 49%
Female 9,992 51%
Under 18 6,364 32.5%
18+ 13,243 67.5%
65+ 2,436 12.4%
Median Age 38
Average Family Size 3.31
White 18,816 96%
African-American 89 0.5%
Asian 474 2.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 8 0%
Other 58 0.3%
Mixed Race 157 0.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 429 2.2%

Estimated Darien Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 20,452
Growth 845
Growth % 4.3%

Darien Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Irish 19.2%
English 17.9%
Italian 12.2%
German 9.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.5%
US/American 4.6%
Scottish 3.7%
Polish 2.4%
French (except Basque) 2.2%
European 1.9%
Scotch-Irish 1.9%
Swedish 1.7%
British 1.6%
Greek 1.4%
Canadian 1.1%
Hungarian 1.1%
Norwegian 0.9%
French Canadian 0.8%
Danish 0.8%
Russian 0.7%
Dutch 0.7%
Northern European 0.7%
Swiss 0.6%
Ukrainian 0.5%
Austrian 0.5%
Australian 0.4%
Welsh 0.4%
Portuguese 0.2%
Albanian 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Darien, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Noroton (06820)
Noroton Heights (06820)
Tokeneke (06820)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Darien Public Libraries

Darien Library
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(203) 655-2568

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815 Post Road
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Student/teacher ratio: 10.2

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