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Overview

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.

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.

People

Total Population7,725
Male Share of the Population48.7%
Female Share of the Population51.3%
Senior Citizens17.1%
Employed Population 16+3,408
Age of the Population44

Families

% of people married65.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher77.5%
Median Earnings25+$0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$0

Wealth

Median Family Income$160,299
% Above Poverty Level97%
% Below Poverty Level3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time33 minutes
% Working from Home8.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.2%
% Using Public Transportation3.6%

Housing

People Living Alone28.6%
Median Gross Rent$1,531
Median House Value$681,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)13.2%
US/American0%
English12.3%
Irish26.4%

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

Ridgefield Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Medium City 8 miles S of Danbury, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City45 miles NE of New York, New York
CountyFairfield
Standard Zip Codes06877
Company Zip Codes06879
Phone Area Codes203
Time ZoneEastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude41.281
Longitude-73.498

Ridgefield Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationDANBURY
Distance9.2 miles
Jan Temp18 to 35 F
Apr Temp36 to 60 F
Jul Temp61 to 84 F
Oct Temp40 to 62 F
Annual Precip51.7 inches
StationSTAMFORD 5 N
Distance11.7 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
StationYORKTOWN HEIGHTS 1 W
Distance15.7 miles
Jan Temp18 to 34 F
Apr Temp38 to 58 F
Jul Temp63 to 82 F
Oct Temp42 to 62 F
Annual Precip51.1 inches

Ridgefield Public Libraries

Library
The Ridgefield Library
472 MAIN ST.
Ridgefield, Connecticut
(203) 438-2282
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RIDGEFIELD HIGH SCHOOL
700 NORTH SALEM RD.
203-438-3785
Serves 1,519 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.4

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70 PROSPECT STREET
203-431-2800
A Non-traditional School
Serves 2 students.

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