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Overview

Introduction to Norwalk, Connecticut

The city of Norwalk, part of Fairfield County, lies along the Long Island Sound in southwestern Connecticut about 33 miles southwest of New Haven and 48 miles northeast of New York City. Bordered by Darien, New Canaan, Westport and Wilton, the city is serviced by Interstate I-95, U.S. Routes 1 and 7, and Connecticut State Highway 15 (also known as the Merritt Parkway).

Founded in 1640 and incorporated eleven years later, Norwalk has counted agriculture, coastal trade, manufacturing and shipbuilding among its industries. Once nicknamed "Oyster Town," Norwalk has long relied on oyster farming as its principal industry which even today continues to make the city Connecticut's largest oyster producer.

Arts, Culture and Entertainment in Norwalk

The sandy beaches of Long Island Sound shore and Norwalk's public parks provide a variety of recreational opportunities throughout much of the year. The city boasts over 1,000 acres of park and shoreline land as well as dozens of municipal tennis and basketball courts, soccer and baseball fields, and a public golf course. Many of the city's special festivals are outdoors, including the annual Oyster Festival which allows thousands of visitors to sample the city's excellent seafood. Other annual festivals include the Norwalk Harbor Splash!, an event held in early June which features arts and crafts, food, music, and a parade; the St. George Greek Orthodox Festival, which features Greek food and dance exhibitions; the SoNo Arts Celebration, held in mid-summer; and the Round Hill Highland Games, a festival of Scottish culture featuring bagpipes and Scottish athletic events.

Cultural sites in Norwalk include the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, a 62-room mansion designated a National Historic Landmark; the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, a major aquarium specializing in Long Island Sound marine life and ecology; the Mill Hill Historic Park and Museum, a collection of historic buildings maintained by the Norwalk Historical Society; the Norwalk Museum, a Colonial Revival style building which previously served as Norwalk's City Hall; and the Stepping Stones Museum for Children.

Norwalk sports fans can take pride in a local franchise: the Connecticut Wildcats are a semi-professional rugby team which competes in the American National Rugby League (AMNRL). Major league professional sports are only an hour away in New York City, home of the New York Mets and New York Yankees (Major League Baseball), New York Rangers (NHL hockey), New York Knicks (NBA basketball), and New York Liberty (WNBA women's basketball).

People

Total Population 87,701
Male Share of the Population 48.8%
Female Share of the Population 51.2%
Senior Citizens 14%
Employed Population 16+ 47,805
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 47.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 41%
Median Earnings25+ $47,177
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,936
Median Earnings With High School Degree $34,228

Wealth

Median Family Income $93,166
% Above Poverty Level 91.6%
% Below Poverty Level 8.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.5%
% Using Public Transportation 10.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 30.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,408
Median House Value $410,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 38.5%
US/American 0.1%
English 6.5%
Irish 11.9%

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

Norwalk Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 39 miles NE of New York, New York
County Fairfield
Standard Zip Codes 06850, 06851, 06853, 06854, 06855
P.O. Box Zip Codes 06852, 06856
Company Zip Codes 06857, 06858, 06859, 06860
Phone Area Codes 203
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.117
Longitude -73.408

Norwalk Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station NORWALK GAS PLANT
Distance 0.4 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 64 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches
Station STAMFORD 5 N
Distance 7.4 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
Station BRIDGEPORT SIKORSKY AP
Distance 14.7 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bridgeport 147,340 $45,848
Danbury 83,476 $78,168
Derby 12,796 $64,134
Milford 53,206 $99,856
Newtown 28,012 $133,713
Stamford 126,592 $95,438

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

Norwalk Hospitals

NORWALK HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
24 STEVENS STREET
(203) 852-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

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NORWALK HIGH SCHOOL
23 CALVIN MURPHY ST.
203-838-4481
Serves 1,689 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

BRIEN MCMAHON HIGH SCHOOL
300 HIGHLAND AVE.
203-852-9488
Serves 1,407 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

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350 MAIN ST.
203-899-2820
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Serves 105 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.6

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125 EAST AVENUE
203-854-4001
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