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Darien

Darien is a coastal waterfront town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States 37 miles northeast of New York City. With a population of 21,499 and a land area of just under 13 square miles, it is the smallest town on Connecticut’s “Gold Coast”. Darien’s two public beaches, Weed Beach and Pear Tree Point, are among the best in the New York metropolitan area. Darien ranked among the top 10 richest towns in America while Old Greenwich ranked 16th and Riverside, and Westport among the top 20. In 2020, the average Darien household income is $352,829, according to the report. Darien has the youngest population of any non-college town in Connecticut (40.1), a high rate of marriage, and high number of average children per household. Situated on Long Island Sound between the cities of Stamford and Norwalk, many residents commute to Manhattan, with two Metro North railroad stations—Noroton Heights and Darien—linking the town to Grand Central Terminal.

Darien Highlights:

  • Town sports are popular from baseball/softball (one of largest leagues in US), lacrosse, football, hockey, soccer and tennis to name a few.
  • Year after year, Darien’s school systems consistently rank top in the state. Darien High School ranked top in state by U.S. News in 2021. Hindley Elementary and Middlesex Middle School are Blue Ribbon recipients.
  • COMING SOON: The Commons adjacent Noroton Heights is undergoing extensive capital investments includes mixed-use community with local favorite, Palmer’s Market.
  • COMING SOON: The Corbin District adjacent Darien train station also a mixed-use community including popular restaurants, Barrett Bookstore and more.
  • For recreation, the town boasts eleven parks, two public beaches, the private Tokeneke Beach Club, three country clubs including the first organized golf club in Connecticut, a riding & racquet club, the public Darien Boat Club, and Noroton Yacht Club.
  • One of Darien’s most historically notable residents was Charles Lindbergh, the late aviator, and his wife, author Anne Morrow Lindbergh lived in a seaside cottage named Tellina. It is on this property where Charles Lindbergh docked his sea plane. The cottage was positioned on the legendary aviators’ favorite spot, a place where they had kept a trailer that had been a gift from friend Henry Ford.

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