New Canaan, Connecticut

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New Canaan, Connecticut

Introduction to New Canaan, Connecticut

New Canaan, Connecticut, in Fairfield county, is 5 miles NW of Norwalk, Connecticut and 37 miles NE of New York, New York. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Stamford - Norwalk metropolitan area with. New Canaan has a population of approximately 19,395.

New Canaan History

Canaan Parish was established as a religious center by Connecticut's colonial legislature in 1731. It was officially incorporated as a town in 1801, but since it had not been originally planned as a town, it had no town hall or main street. New Canaan continued to be an agricultural community until the Revolutionary War. After the war, however, shoe manufacturing became a major industry.

New Canaan and nearby Attractions

  • Hampton Inn
  • Landis Gores House
  • Philip Johnson Glass House
  • New Canaan Nature Center
  • John Rogers Studio & Museum
  • Maritime Aquarium

Things To Do In New Canaan

There are several structures of historical significance around New Canaan, a number of which have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. John Rogers Studio is home to one of the finest Rogers Groups collections in the country. The New Canaan Nature Center is another popular destination. It is spread over 40 acres of land and includes an arboretum, a nature preserve and a botanical garden.

New Canaan Transportation

Igor I. Sikorsky Memorial Airport provides air transportation.

New Canaan Higher Education

Norwalk Community College, the University of Bridgeport and Fairfield University offer programs for higher education.

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High Points

New Canaan 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 New Canaan College Educated Adults
Low Violent Crime
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Top 1% trophy New Canaan Low Violent Crime
Low Property Crime
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Top 7% New Canaan Low Property Crime

Comparative Profile of New Canaan, Connecticut

Comparing New Canaan 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
Age of the Population 9 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 9 10
Female Share of the Population 6 9
Senior Citizens 5 6
Male Share of the Population 5 2
Racial Diversity 4 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 9
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 9 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 10 10
Low Property Crime 10 9

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New Canaan Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles NW of Norwalk, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 37 miles NE of New York, New York
County Fairfield
Standard Zip Codes 06840
Company Zip Codes 06842
Phone Area Codes 203
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.146
Longitude -73.495

New Canaan Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station STAMFORD 5 N
Distance 3.5 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 12.8 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
Distance 18.9 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
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New Canaan Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 19,395 100%
Male 9,250 47.7%
Female 10,145 52.3%
Under 18 6,050 31.2%
18+ 13,345 68.8%
65+ 2,620 13.5%
Median Age 40.2
Average Family Size 3.26
White 18,477 95.3%
African-American 201 1%
Asian 445 2.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 8 0%
Other 73 0.4%
Mixed Race 190 1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 338 1.7%

Estimated New Canaan Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 19,984
Growth 589
Growth % 3%

New Canaan 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 21.3%
English 14.7%
Italian 12.8%
German 9.4%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 6%
US/American 4.9%
Scottish 3.5%
Polish 3.1%
French (except Basque) 2.5%
Norwegian 2.3%
Scotch-Irish 1.8%
British 1.7%
Russian 1.6%
Greek 1.6%
European 1.3%
Swiss 1.1%
Austrian 1%
Dutch 0.9%
Swedish 0.9%
Iranian 0.8%
Danish 0.7%
Hungarian 0.6%
Welsh 0.5%
Canadian 0.4%
Lithuanian 0.4%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.3%
French Canadian 0.3%
Eastern European 0.3%
Portuguese 0.2%
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
South African 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
Brazilian 0.2%
Northern European 0.2%
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New Canaan Public Libraries

New Canaan Library
151 MAIN ST.
New Canaan, Connecticut
(203) 801-2665
Library Web Site

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(As of 2005)
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Student/teacher ratio: 12.2

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