Introduction to New Fairfield, Connecticut

New Fairfield, Connecticut, in Fairfield county, is 5 miles N of Danbury, Connecticut and 56 miles NE of New York, New York. The town is considered part of the Danbury metropolitan area.

New Fairfield History

The first English settlers arrived in this area in 1728. Shortly after that, 12 landowners from Squantz purchased the 31,000 acres of land on which the present day town of New Fairfield stands. In 1740, a 14 mile long area, which was known as the 'lower seven' and 'upper seven,' was incorporated as New Fairfield and Sherman, respectively.

New Fairfield and nearby Attractions

  • Candlewood Lake
  • Squantz Pond State Park
  • Pootatuck State Forest
  • Hatters Park
  • Sunset Hill Golf Course
  • Danbury Railway Museum

Things To Do In New Fairfield

Candlewood Lake is a popular area where people can enjoy a variety of recreational activities. Tourists flock to this area during the summer and enjoy boating, fishing and swimming. There are several golf courses around the town as well, all of which are well maintained and popular among local golfers. The Squantz Park, which is a part of the Candlewood Lake, provides amenities for diverse activities.

New Fairfield Transportation

Stewart International is the nearest major airport.

New Fairfield Higher Education

Facilities for higher education can be found at Western Connecticut State University, the University of Bridgeport, Fairfield University and Vassar College.


Total Population 14,117
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 15.4%
Employed Population 16+ 6,918
Age of the Population 45


% of people married 58.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 46.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $114,083
% Above Poverty Level 97.1%
% Below Poverty Level 2.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 35 minutes
% Working from Home 4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.3%
% Using Public Transportation 3.5%


People Living Alone 16.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,903
Median House Value $352,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.9%
US/American 0%
English 9.7%
Irish 27.7%

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

New Fairfield Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles N of Danbury, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 56 miles NE of New York, New York
County Fairfield
Standard Zip Codes 06812
Phone Area Codes 203
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.466
Longitude -73.486

New Fairfield Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 5.8 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
Distance 12.7 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 35 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 60 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 63 F
Annual Precip 47.8 inches
Distance 13.6 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 33 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 49.9 inches

New Fairfield Public Libraries

New Fairfield Free Public Library
New Fairfield, Connecticut
(203) 746-9297

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Student/teacher ratio: 12.5

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