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.


Total Population 20,219
Male Share of the Population 49.6%
Female Share of the Population 50.4%
Senior Citizens 15.5%
Employed Population 16+ 7,445
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 62.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 76.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $212,096
% Above Poverty Level 97.5%
% Below Poverty Level 2.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 38 minutes
% Working from Home 12.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation 20.3%


People Living Alone 19.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,899
Median House Value $1,332,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.6%
US/American 0.2%
English 22.4%
Irish 17.5%

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

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

New Canaan Public Libraries

New Canaan Library
151 MAIN ST.
New Canaan, Connecticut
(203) 801-2665
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Student/teacher ratio: 12.2

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