By Christine Finch Oleynick
Fairfield County, Connecticut is, generally speaking, a wonderful place to raise a family, but some places are even better than others.
Here are the top places in Fairfield County to raise a family according to Niche.com.
1. New Canaan, CT
Considered part of Connecticut's Gold Coast, New Canaan is known for its excellent public school system, its wide range of architecture from the Harvard Five modern homes to historic New England colonials and farms, as well as many stately mansions and tended estates, plus a signature town center with premiere shopping, classic boutiques with an elaborate display of lights for the holidays.
2. Weston, CT
Like many towns in southwestern Connecticut, Weston is among the most affluent communities in the United States. Data collected in 2011 showed that Weston had the highest median household income in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Connecticut Magazine named Weston as the number one town in Connecticut among towns with populations of 10,000–15,000. The rating considers education, crime, economy, cost and leisure. Aside from a handful of stores that form the town’s center, Weston has little commercial development and residential development is limited by two-acres.
3. Old Greenwich, CT
Old Greenwich is a neighborhood/section and census-designated place in Greenwich, CT. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 6,611. It was founded in 1641. Old Greenwich has become extremely popular for home buyers and ranks at 6th place in a March 22, 2017 Bloomberg report titled "America's 100 Richest Places".
4. Riverside, CT
The Greenwich, CT neighborhood of Riverside - so named because the Mianus River forms its western border down to Long Island Sound - is really two neighborhoods when it comes to home prices. Interstate 95 is the dividing line, as it cuts across Riverside, and the section to the south, closer to the Sound and the rail station, has higher prices. But both parts are ideal for raising a family.
5. Ridgefield, CT
Ridgefield is a beautiful, colonial town of approximately 24,300 people in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains in central Fairfield County, Connecticut. The town was founded in 1708 and is famed for its handsome Main Street, which stretches more than a mile along a ridge some 750 feet above sea level and is lined with stately homes, museums, churches, and shops.
7. Westport, CT
Westport is a town located in Connecticut, along Long Island Sound within Connecticut's Gold Coast in Fairfield County, Connecticut. It is 47 miles northeast of New York City. Westport has a vibrant downtown along with an area called Saugatuck that has shops and restaurants. Westport also has a healthy commercial environment that generates the feeling of a New England town with the convenience of modern life.
8. Darien, CT
Situated just off of I-95 between the cities of Norwalk and Stamford, the town is a bedroom community with relatively few office buildings. Most workers commute to Manhattan, and many also work in adjacent cities. 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 public beaches on Long Island Sound, four country clubs, a hunt club and two yacht clubs.
9. Greenwich, CT
Sitting along the Long Island Sound, the quiet community of Greenwich, Connecticut is just a short commuter line ride from Wall Street, making Greenwich a popular home for wealthy Manhattanites. The largest town on Connecticut's Gold Coast, it is home to many hedge funds and other financial service companies. It is roughly 40–50 minutes by train from Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. CNN/Money and Money magazine ranked Greenwich 12th on its list of the "100 Best Places to Live in the United States". The town is named after Greenwich, a borough of London in the United Kingdom. Pack a picnic and head to the Greenwich Point peninsula, a favorite beach spot with views of the Manhattan skyline.