Fairfield, Connecticut Quick Facts: Land area is approximately 30 Square miles and the elevation is 15 feet. Incorporated in 1639, Fairfield currently has about 58,000 residents in 21,600 households, 81% of which are owner occupied. Approximately 37% of the housing stock was built prior to 1950. The 2012-2013 Tax Rate is 23.37 mills. See the 2011-2012 property tax rate here.
Fairfield was in Connecticut magazine’s November 2011 issue ranked Fairfield as No. 2 on its semiannual ranking of best places to live in the Connecticut among towns with populations of more than 50,000.
The town of Fairfield Connecticut is located along the coast of Long Island Sound in the mid-eastern section of Fairfield County. It's proximity and accessibility to New York City along with its five sandy beaches and 6 mile coastline make this community an excellent choice for anyone desiring the amenities of a nearby metropolis along with the comforts and traditions of a New England community.
Fairfield, as a community, holds deep in its heart the rich tradition of its history and there are numerous nationally registered historical landmarks scattered about in town. The cultural diversity and arts community are both impressive and expressive, and annual local fairs, festivals and fundraisers are of the norm.
There are five golf courses in town, public beaches, lakes, tennis courts, numerous parks, playgrounds and outdoor activities for everyone. Another fine feature of this town is its ease of transportation. There are currently two train stations, and a third on the way that are serviced by the Mtero North Railroad. Major transportation arteries, such as Interstate 95 and one of Connecticut's scenic roads, Merritt Parkway (Route 15), offer convenience to all commuters.
The public school system is one that is well noted for its excellence. Fairfield also hosts two higher education learning institutions, Fairfield University and Sacred Heart University.
Different enclaves in town make for a scenic ride anywhere within the Fairfield's boundaries. There's the older Stratfield section, historic Southport on the water, which certainly has the feel of a quaint New England town such as Nantucket, and the beautiful landscape of Greenfield Hill, among others. Each year, thousands of visitors visit Greenfield Hill's much celebrated 10,000 tree Dogwood Festival, which is held each spring. Fairfield is a town where there really is a place for everyone. Where else can you purchase a home for $250,000 all the way up to 25 million?