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Overview

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.

People

Total Population 21,392
Male Share of the Population 48.9%
Female Share of the Population 51.1%
Senior Citizens 11.6%
Employed Population 16+ 8,546
Age of the Population 39

Families

% of people married 66.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 80.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $250
% Above Poverty Level 94.6%
% Below Poverty Level 5.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 35 minutes
% Working from Home 9.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.5%
% Using Public Transportation 25.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 13.2%
Median Gross Rent $2,717
Median House Value $1,279,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.3%
US/American 0.4%
English 17.9%
Irish 24%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station NORWALK GAS PLANT
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
Station WESTCHESTER CO AP
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

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

Library
Darien Library
35 LEROY AVE.
Darien, Connecticut
(203) 655-2568

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Darien High Schools

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DARIEN HIGH SCHOOL
80 HIGH SCHOOL LN.
203-655-3981
Serves 957 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.2

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2 RENSHAW ROAD
203-656-7400
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