Darien is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. A relatively small community on Connecticut’s “Gold Coast”, the population was 20,732 at the 2010 census. Darien was listed at #9 on CNN Money’s list of “top-earning towns” in the United States as of 2011.
Situated between the small cities of Norwalk and Stamford, the town is a bedroom community with relatively few office buildings. Most workers commute to the adjacent cities, and many also work in New York City. Two Metro-North railroad stations – Noroton Heights and Darien – link the town to Grand Central Terminal and the rest of the New Haven Line. For recreation, the town includes four small parks, two beaches on Long Island Sound, four country clubs, a hunt club, and two yacht clubs.
Darien's top-ranking, award-winning public school system is known locally, nationally and internationally for its highest standards in education including one Darien high school, covering Grades 9 through 12, one public middle school Middlesex Middle School, for grades 6–8, and five elementary schools in the Darien public school district. Aside from public schools, there is also the private Pear Tree Point School, which offers preschool through 5th grade education.
Rowayton is an affluent section of Norwalk, Connecticut. Located on the Long Island Sound just 45 miles from New York City, Rowayton is a coastal New England village. According to Forbes magazine, the 2010 median home sale price was $1,674,964, counting Rowayton among the most expensive communities in Connecticut as well as the nation.
The community is governed by the Sixth Taxing District of Norwalk and has a number of active local associations, including the Civic Association, the Historical Society, the Rowayton Library, a Gardeners Club, and a Parents Exchange. Rowayton annually plays host to a Shakespearean production at Pinkney Park, produced by Shakespeare on the Sound, and also has an active community of artists, many of whom are associated with the Rowayton Arts Center.
The Rowayton station on the New Haven line of the Metro-North Railroad is located within the community, as is an elementary school called Rowayton Elementary. This school serves children in grades kindergarten through fifth.
The Rowayton coastline has been a source of inspiration for centuries. John Frederick Kensett, a famous nineteenth-century landscape painter of the Hudson School, frequently painted this seascape in his later life. This tradition has been carried on in an active local arts scene.
The name “Norwalk” comes from the Algonquian word “noyank” meaning “point of land”, or its Native American name, “Naramauke” (also spelled “Norwauke”, “Norowake”, or “Norwaake”), a Native American chief. The farming of oysters has long been important to Norwalk, which was once nicknamed “Oyster Town.” Each September, Norwalk holds its Oyster Festival. Norwalk is bordered on the east by Westport; on the north by Wilton; on the northwest by New Canaan; on the west by Darien and on the south by Long Island Sound.
Norwalk sites and districts on the National Register of Historic Places include the Norwalk Green Historic District (roughly bounded by Smith and Park Streets, Boston Post Road, East and Morgan Avenues). The district contains examples of Federal Style, Greek Revival, and Late Victorian architecture. The most recently added site to the historical register is Village Creek, which was the first community in the United States to be racially integrated. The community was added to the register in August 2010.
The public school system has three high schools, each covering Grades 9 through 12, four public middle schools, for grades 6–8, and twelve elementary schools in the Norwalk public school district. Aside from public schools, there is also the private All Saints Catholic School, which offers preschool through 8th grade education; the Montessori Middle School for grades 5–8; and the Winston Preparatory School for grades 6–12, and starting in the fall of 2009 the Connecticut Friends School will offer classes for K-8.
New Canaan is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States, 8 miles northeast of Stamford. The population was 19,738 according to the 2010 census.
The town is one of the wealthiest communities in the nation. In 2011, New Canaan was ranked 8th on CNN Money’s list of the top-earning towns in the United States.
The town is served by the Merritt Parkway and by a spur line of the Metro-North Railroad. The downtown area consists of many restaurants, an old movie theater, and antique shops. There are also several churches in town, as well as the historic Roger Sherman Inn.
The New Canaan Public Schools system is considered to be one of the best in Connecticut. It has also gained national recognition for its high performance; for example, a recent edition of Forbes magazine rated New Canaan as the third-ranked school district in the United States “for home value” for communities with a median home price of $800,000. In 2009, the district was the highest performing school district in the state based on the frequency of top-tier performances on the Connecticut Mastery Tests, which are administered to all 3rd through 8th graders, and the Connecticut Academic Performance Tests, which are given to 10th graders. In 2008, the median SAT score (verbal, math and writing) for district students was 1804, the highest in Connecticut. In its November 2009 edition, Connecticut magazine rated New Canaan’s school system first among 29 towns with a population of 15,000–25,000.
Stamford is a city in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 122,643, making it the fourth largest city in the state. Stamford is in the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk Metro area which is a part of the Greater New York metropolitan area.
Stamford is within 45 minutes to 2 hours of six major airports: two regional, four international. Regional: Westchester County Airport (often referred to as White Plains Airport) which borders the town of Greenwich and Tweed-New Haven Regional Airport. International: LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport both in Queens, N.Y., Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark & Elizabeth, New Jersey and Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Hartford County, Connecticut
Stamford’s public library, the Ferguson Library, is one of the largest in Connecticut. The main library downtown is the second in the country to rent space to a Starbucks (since September 1999). The store has its own doors to the street and to the library, and is open earlier and later than the library. The library also shows movies and has a used-book store run by Friends of Ferguson Library.