Fairfield, Connecticut

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Fairfield, Connecticut

Introduction to Fairfield, Connecticut

Fairfield, Connecticut, in Fairfield county, is 46 miles NE of New York, New York. The town is part of the Bridgeport metropolitan statistical area. About 57,340 people live in Fairfield.

Fairfield History

Some Puritans and Congregationalists were granted permission to settle in Connecticut in 1635 so that they could run an ecclesiastical society according to their own rules and regulations. The Fundamental Orders, a set of administrative and legal regulations, was adopted on January 14, 1639. Roger Ludlow, the framer of the Fundamental Orders, bought land in the area and named it Fairfield. The residents of this town supported the cause for independence from England during the Revolutionary War. As a result, the entire town was burned down in 1779 by British troops. However, the town was gradually built back and World War I triggered the development of the area.

Fairfield and nearby Attractions

  • Southport Beach
  • Connecticut Audubon Birdcraft Museum
  • Aloysisus P. Kelley Theatre
  • South Benson Marina
  • Greenfield Hill Historic District
  • Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course

Things To Do In Fairfield

The town of Fairfield is the ideal destination for golf lovers. The Pine Creek Park Golf Course, Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course and H Smith-Richardson Golf Club offer world class facilities to the players. The Pequot Yacht Club and the South Benson Marina offer opportunities to indulge in a variety of water sports. History lovers will also find it interesting to visit the Connecticut Audubon Birdcraft Museum, the Historical Society of Fairfield and the Ogden House. There are numerous parks dotting the streets of Fairfield where one can enjoy family outings.

Fairfield Transportation

Igor I. Sikorsky Memorial is the nearest major airport.

Fairfield Higher Education

Fairfield University and Sacred Heart University are the local institutes of higher learning. The University of Bridgeport and Norwalk Community College are also close by.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Fairfield Low Violent Crime
College Educated Adults
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Top 8% Fairfield College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Fairfield, Connecticut

Comparing Fairfield 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
Senior Citizens 9 8
Age of the Population 9 5
Female Share of the Population 8 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 7 9
Male Share of the Population 3 2
Racial Diversity 2 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 6
Average Household Size 6 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 10 6
Low Property Crime 8 4

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Fairfield Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 46 miles NE of New York, New York
County Fairfield
Standard Zip Codes 06824, 06825
Company Zip Codes 06828
Phone Area Codes 203
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.141
Longitude -73.264

Fairfield Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 7 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 37 F
Apr Temp 41 to 57 F
Jul Temp 66 to 82 F
Oct Temp 46 to 63 F
Annual Precip 44.1 inches
Station STAMFORD 5 N
Distance 15 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 24.1 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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Fairfield Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 57,340 100%
Male 27,250 47.5%
Female 30,090 52.5%
Under 18 13,609 23.7%
18+ 43,731 76.3%
65+ 9,347 16.3%
Median Age 38.5
Average Family Size 3.07
White 54,630 95.3%
African-American 623 1.1%
Asian 1,171 2%
American Indian & Alaskan 32 0.1%
Other 313 0.5%
Mixed Race 555 1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,340 2.3%

Estimated Fairfield Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 57,813
Growth 473
Growth % 0.8%

Fairfield 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 19.9%
Italian 18.7%
English 8.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.4%
German 7.1%
Polish 5.3%
Hungarian 4.4%
US/American 4.1%
Russian 2.7%
Scottish 1.8%
Swedish 1.7%
French (except Basque) 1.6%
Scotch-Irish 1.4%
Greek 1.1%
French Canadian 1.1%
Slovak 0.9%
Dutch 0.8%
Austrian 0.8%
European 0.7%
Norwegian 0.7%
British 0.7%
Ukrainian 0.6%
Portuguese 0.6%
Eastern European 0.5%
Danish 0.5%
Romanian 0.5%
Lithuanian 0.5%
Welsh 0.4%
Lebanese 0.3%
Albanian 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Slovene 0.3%
Syrian 0.3%
Canadian 0.3%
Brazilian 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Armenian 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
Israeli 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
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Fairfield Public Libraries

Fairfield Public Library
Fairfield, Connecticut
(203) 256-3155
Library Web Site
Pequot Library Association
Fairfield, Connecticut
(203) 259-0346
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