Ridgefield, Connecticut

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Ridgefield, Connecticut

Introduction to Ridgefield, Connecticut

Ridgefield, Connecticut, in Fairfield county, is 8 miles S of Danbury, Connecticut and 45 miles NE of New York, New York. The town is conveniently located inside the Danbury metropolitan area. There are an estimated 23,643 people in Ridgefield.

Ridgefield History

English colonists from Norwalk and Milford bought land from Chief Catoonah of the Ramapoo tribe, and settled down in this area in 1708. Ridgefield named after the rugged local terrain. The town of Ridgefield was officially incorporated in 1709. The Battle of Ridgefield, a Revolutionary War battle, took place in this region in 1777. For more than two centuries, Ridgefield remained an agricultural community. In the late 1800s, artists and writers began frequenting this town. Gradually, immigrants from Ireland, Germany and Italy set up their homes in Ridgefield. The town experienced rapid growth in the 1950s and 1960s.

Ridgefield and nearby Attractions

  • Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
  • Ridgefield Library and Historical Association
  • Workshop Theatre Barn
  • Keeler Tavern
  • Addessi Center Shopping Center
  • East Ridge Recreation Area

Things To Do In Ridgefield

Art and history lovers can visit the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and the Keeler Tavern Museum in Ridgefield. The parks around the town offer a range of recreational opportunities to visitors, including sports facilities. The Addessi Center Shopping Center, Ridgefield Shopping Center, Copps Hill Plaza Shopping Center, Girolmetti Court Shopping Center, Donnelly Plaza Shopping Center, Heritage Square Shopping Center and Yankee Ridge Shopping Center are popular shopping spots in Eidgefield.

Ridgefield Transportation

Danbury Municipal is the local airport.

Ridgefield Higher Education

For higher studies, students can enroll at Western Connecticut State University, the University of Bridgeport or Norwalk Community College.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Violent Crime
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Top 1% trophy Ridgefield Low Violent Crime
Low Property Crime
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Top 1% trophy Ridgefield Low Property Crime
College Educated Adults
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Top 2% trophy Ridgefield College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Ridgefield, Connecticut

Comparing Ridgefield 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
Children Under 5 Years Old 9 10
Age of the Population 8 6
Male Share of the Population 6 3
Female Share of the Population 5 8
Racial Diversity 4 6
Senior Citizens 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 9
Average Household Size 8 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 7


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

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Ridgefield Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles S of Danbury, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 45 miles NE of New York, New York
County Fairfield
Standard Zip Codes 06877
Company Zip Codes 06879
Phone Area Codes 203
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.281
Longitude -73.498

Ridgefield Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 9.2 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 35 F
Apr Temp 36 to 60 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 62 F
Annual Precip 51.7 inches
Station STAMFORD 5 N
Distance 11.7 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 15.7 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 34 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 51.1 inches
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Ridgefield Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 23,643 100%
Male 11,381 48.1%
Female 12,262 51.9%
Under 18 7,232 30.6%
18+ 16,411 69.4%
65+ 2,583 10.9%
Median Age 39.4
Average Family Size 3.21
White 22,726 96.1%
African-American 146 0.6%
Asian 492 2.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 22 0.1%
Other 85 0.4%
Mixed Race 166 0.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 465 2%

Estimated Ridgefield Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 24,210
Growth 567
Growth % 2.4%

Ridgefield 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
Italian 20.8%
Irish 19.1%
German 11.4%
English 9.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.7%
US/American 4.4%
Polish 3.5%
Russian 3.3%
Scottish 2.2%
Scotch-Irish 1.5%
Swedish 1.4%
French (except Basque) 1.4%
French Canadian 1%
British 1%
Norwegian 0.9%
Greek 0.9%
Canadian 0.9%
Eastern European 0.8%
Welsh 0.8%
Hungarian 0.8%
European 0.7%
Dutch 0.7%
Austrian 0.6%
Danish 0.6%
Swiss 0.4%
Czech 0.4%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Slovak 0.3%
Australian 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
South African 0.2%
Iranian 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Northern European 0.2%
Portuguese 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
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Ridgefield Public Libraries

The Ridgefield Library
472 MAIN ST.
Ridgefield, Connecticut
(203) 438-2282
Library Web Site

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Starbucks in Ridgefield

(As of 2005)
90 Danbury Road
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Student/teacher ratio: 13.4

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