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.


Total Population 61,016
Male Share of the Population 47.8%
Female Share of the Population 52.2%
Senior Citizens 14.9%
Employed Population 16+ 27,835
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 56.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 62.2%
Median Earnings25+ $70,369
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $33,554
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,842


Median Family Income $152,760
% Above Poverty Level 95.7%
% Below Poverty Level 4.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 34 minutes
% Working from Home 7.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.8%
% Using Public Transportation 12.4%


People Living Alone 22.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,698
Median House Value $578,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.7%
US/American 0.1%
English 10.3%
Irish 23.8%

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

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

Fairfield Public Libraries

Fairfield Public Library
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Pequot Library Association
Fairfield, Connecticut
(203) 259-0346
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