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Overview

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 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.

Demographics

People

Total Population20,248
Male Share of the Population49.5%
Female Share of the Population50.5%
Senior Citizens15.4%
Employed Population 16+7,617
Age of the Population43

Families

% of people married64.3%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher77.7%
Median Earnings25+$101,813
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$43,098

Wealth

Median Family Income$241,250
% Above Poverty Level97%
% Below Poverty Level3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time40 minutes
% Working from Home12.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.5%
% Using Public Transportation22%

Housing

People Living Alone18.7%
Median Gross Rent$1,932
Median House Value$1,373,100

Ancestry

English22.6%
German18.9%
Irish18.4%
Italian15.9%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)14.9%
Polish5%
Scottish4.7%
French Except Basque3.4%
Swedish2.3%
Norwegian2%
Russian1.7%
Swiss1.5%
Dutch1.2%
Albanian0.9%
Hungarian0.9%
Ukrainian0.9%
Austrian0.9%
Arab0.8%
Danishn0.7%
Lebanese0.6%
Czech0.5%
Lithuanian0.5%
Canadian0.5%
West Indian0.4%
Welsh0.4%
Greek0.4%
Romanian0.3%
Haitian0.3%
Slovak0.3%
African0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
US/American0.2%
Slovene0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Iranian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Jamaican0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Australian0.1%
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New Canaan Almanac

CategoryValue
County Fairfield County
Standard Zip Codes6840
Phone Area Codes203
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.14
Approximate Longitude-73.49

New Canaan Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationSTAMFORD 5 N
Distance3.5 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
Distance12.8 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
StationBRIDGEPORT SIKORSKY AP
Distance18.9 miles
Jan Temp23 to 37 F
Apr Temp41 to 57 F
Jul Temp66 to 82 F
Oct Temp46 to 63 F
Annual Precip44.1 inches

New Canaan Public Libraries

New Canaan Library
151 MAIN ST.
New Canaan, Connecticut
(203) 594-5000

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New Canaan Public Schools

East School
54 Little Brook Road
ZIP: 6840
Primary
Total Enrollment 566
New Canaan High School
11 Farm Road
ZIP: 6840
High
Total Enrollment 1250
Saxe Middle School
468 South Avenue
ZIP: 6840
Middle
Total Enrollment 1291
South School
8 Farm Road
ZIP: 6840
Primary
Total Enrollment 547
West School
769 Ponus Ridge
ZIP: 6840
Primary
Total Enrollment 547

New Canaan Private Schools

St Aloysius Diocesan Elementary School
33 South Ave
ZIP: 6840
Elementary
Total Enrollment 208
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