Introduction to Stamford, Connecticut

Located in Fairfield County, Connecticut, Stamford, is known as "the city that works." It was incorporated in 1893 and is most famous for being home to the electric dry shaver industry. Stamford is located on the southwestern tip of Connecticut, and is well liked by residents for being less than an hour away from New York City and still one of the safest cities in the U.S.

Stamford is a part of the New Haven Line on the Metro-North Railroad, which is the commuter rail system for metropolitan NYC. It is a smooth transition spot for faster trains into the city. There are also six surrounding major airports within an hour's drive, including the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and the Newark Liberty International Airport in northern New Jersey.

In southern Stamford, Interstate 95 serves as the major highway between Boston and NYC. In the northern part of the city, the Merritt Parkway is another major road serving the city. The Merritt Parkway has been named an historic road due to the architecture of its overpasses. These bridges do not permit truck passage because of their height, effectively limiting the road to transit for commuters rather than commercial transportation.

Stamford Arts and Culture

While all of New York City's luxuries are easily available to Stamford residents and visitors, Stamford has many attractions of its own, including the following:

  • The Avon Theatre Film Center
  • The Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens
  • Belle Island Charters
  • The Connecticut Grand Opera
  • Cummings Park, a public beach
  • Cove Island Park, a combination of a beach and park
  • Curtain Call Inc., a community theater
  • The Fairfield County Astronomy Society
  • The Terry Connors Ice Rink
  • Scalzi Park, provides for baseball and tennis
  • The Stamford Center for the Arts
  • The Stamford Historical Society Museum
  • The Stamford Museum and Nature Center
  • The Stamford Symphony Orchestra
  • The Stamford Theatre Works
  • The Whitney Museum of American Art Fairfield County

For those whose interest turns to sports, major sports teams in and around Stamford include:

  • The American Hockey League's Bridgeport Sound Tigers
  • The Atlantic Collegiate Baseball Leagues (ACBL) Stamford Robins
  • Independent Baseball's Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League and the New Haven County Cutters who play in the Canadian American (Can-Am) League
  • The National Pro Fastpitch's (softball) Connecticut Brakettes
  • The WNBA's Connecticut Sun

Stamford also provides easy access to all of the major professional sports teams located in New York City and northern New Jersey, including:

  • The Arena Football League's (AFL) New York Dragons
  • Independent Baseball's New Jersey Jackals who play in the Canadian American (Can-Am) League
  • Major League Baseball's New York Mets and New York Yankees
  • Major League Lacrosse's (MLL) Long Island Lizards and the New Jersey Pride
  • Minor League Baseball's Brooklyn Cyclones, Hudson Valley Renegades, and Staten Island Yankees. The Cyclones are a Class A Short-Season affiliate of the New York Mets, the Renegades are a Class A Short-Season affiliate of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and the Yankees are a Class A Short-Season affiliate of the New York Yankees
  • The NBA's New York Knicks, and New Jersey Nets
  • The NFL's New York Giants and New York Jets
  • The NHL's New York Islanders, New York Rangers, and the New Jersey Devils
  • Major League Soccer's (MLS) New York Red Bulls
  • The WNBA's New York Liberty


Total Population 126,592
Male Share of the Population 49.7%
Female Share of the Population 50.3%
Senior Citizens 12.8%
Employed Population 16+ 66,343
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 47.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 47.1%
Median Earnings25+ $47,826
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,645
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,571


Median Family Income $95,438
% Above Poverty Level 90.6%
% Below Poverty Level 9.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 4.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.7%
% Using Public Transportation 14.1%


People Living Alone 28.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,603
Median House Value $501,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 42.8%
US/American 0.1%
English 4.5%
Irish 9.9%

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

Stamford Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 31 miles NE of New York, New York
County Fairfield
Standard Zip Codes 06901, 06902, 06903, 06905, 06906, 06907, 06910
P.O. Box Zip Codes 06904, 06911, 06912
Company Zip Codes 06913, 06914, 06920, 06921, 06922, 06925, 06926, 06927, 06928
Phone Area Codes 203
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.053
Longitude -73.539

Stamford Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station STAMFORD 5 N
Distance 4.4 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
Distance 9.3 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 36 F
Apr Temp 40 to 58 F
Jul Temp 65 to 83 F
Oct Temp 45 to 62 F
Annual Precip 50.4 inches
Distance 14.4 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 39 F
Apr Temp 38 to 63 F
Jul Temp 62 to 86 F
Oct Temp 41 to 65 F
Annual Precip 46.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bridgeport 147,340 $45,848
Danbury 83,476 $78,168
Norwalk 87,701 $93,166

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

Stamford Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(203) 276-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.6

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Serves 425 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.2

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Serves 270 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.3

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