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Overview

Introduction to Darien, Connecticut

Darien, Connecticut, in Fairfield county, is 4 miles NE of Stamford, Connecticut and 35 miles NE of New York, New York. The town is considered part of the Stamford - Norwalk metropolitan area.

Darien History

This area was originally a part of Stamford. According to historical records, men from Wethersfield and New Haven cleared land in this area sometime around 1641. The first community Church was built in this area in 1740 and it was officially incorporated as Darien in 1820. Following the Civil War, Darien became popular among wealthy New Yorkers who built summer homes in this town.

Darien and nearby Attractions

  • Ox Ridge Hunt Club
  • Country Club of Darien
  • Connecticut Graphics Arts Center and Museum
  • Bates Scofield House
  • Tilley Pond Park
  • Pear Tree Point Beach

Things To Do In Darien

There are several parks and beaches in Darien, as it is blessed with 30 acres of shoreline beaches. The Woodland Park Nature Preserve is spread over an area of 64 acres and has 2 ponds, a stream, 2 trail systems, an archaic stonewall, a footbridge and ornamental plantings.

Darien Transportation

Westchester County Airport provides air transportation services.

Darien Higher Education

Norwalk Community College, Fairfield University and the University of Bridgeport are all nearby.

Demographics

People

Total Population21,519
Male Share of the Population48.7%
Female Share of the Population51.3%
Senior Citizens11.6%
Employed Population 16+8,700
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married65.6%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher79.5%
Median Earnings25+$99,781
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$33,750
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,997

Wealth

Median Family Income$250
% Above Poverty Level95.2%
% Below Poverty Level4.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time35 minutes
% Working from Home8.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.5%
% Using Public Transportation26.7%

Housing

People Living Alone13.3%
Median Gross Rent$2,803
Median House Value$1,248,200

Ancestry

Irish22.2%
Italian19.1%
English16.5%
German16.5%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)13.4%
Scottish4.7%
French Except Basque4%
Polish3.4%
Swedish3.2%
Norwegian1.9%
Greek1.9%
Russian1.7%
Canadian1.4%
Swiss1.4%
Dutch1.3%
Welsh0.9%
Hungarian0.8%
Slovak0.8%
Czech0.7%
Ukrainian0.7%
Lithuanian0.6%
West Indian0.6%
Brazilian0.5%
Arab0.5%
Austrian0.4%
US/American0.4%
South African0.4%
African0.4%
Danishn0.4%
Albanian0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Jamaican0.3%
Finnish0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Latvian0.2%
Haitian0.1%
Bermudan0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Australian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Serbian0.1%
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Darien Almanac

CategoryValue
County Fairfield County
Standard Zip Codes6820
Phone Area Codes203
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.05
Approximate Longitude-73.47

Darien Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationNORWALK GAS PLANT
Distance3.8 miles
Jan Temp19 to 37 F
Apr Temp38 to 60 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp40 to 64 F
Annual Precip48.3 inches
StationSTAMFORD 5 N
Distance4.9 miles
Jan Temp19 to 38 F
Apr Temp38 to 62 F
Jul Temp62 to 85 F
Oct Temp42 to 65 F
Annual Precip52.7 inches
StationWESTCHESTER CO AP
Distance12.9 miles
Jan Temp21 to 36 F
Apr Temp40 to 58 F
Jul Temp65 to 83 F
Oct Temp45 to 62 F
Annual Precip50.4 inches

Darien Public Libraries

Darien Library
1441 POST ROAD
Darien, Connecticut
(203) 655-1234

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Darien Public Schools

Darien High School
80 High School Lane
ZIP: 6820
High
Total Enrollment 1365
Hindley Elementary School
10 Nearwater Lane
ZIP: 6820
Primary
Total Enrollment 556
Holmes Elementary School
18 Hoyt Street
ZIP: 6820
Primary
Total Enrollment 473
Middlesex Middle School
204 Hollow Tree Ridge Road
ZIP: 6820
Middle
Total Enrollment 1125
Ox Ridge Elementary School
395 Mansfield Avenue
ZIP: 6820
Primary
Total Enrollment 449
Royle Elementary School
133 Mansfield Avenue
ZIP: 6820
Primary
Total Enrollment 442
Tokeneke Elementary School
7 Old Farm Road
ZIP: 6820
Primary
Total Enrollment 493

Darien Private Schools

Pear Tree Point School
90 Pear Tree Point Rd
ZIP: 6820
Elementary
Total Enrollment 190
St Lukes Parish School
1864 Post Rd
ZIP: 6820
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
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