Norwalk, Connecticut Quick Facts: Land area is approximately 36.3 Square miles and the elevation is 45 feet. Incorporated in 1651, Norwalk currently has about 80,800 residents in 31,700 households, 60% of which are owner occupied. Approximately 31.4% of the housing stock was built prior to 1950. The 2012-2013 tax rate begins at 21.331 mills. See the 2011-2012 property tax rate here.
The City of Norwalk Connecticut is located along the coast of Long Island Sound in Fairfield County. It is the sixth largest city in the state, and considered part of the New York City metropolitan area. The name "Norwalk" translates to "point of land" from the Algonquian word "noyank".
Although the city is known primarily for oyster farming, Norwalk's 24 distinctive neighborhoods offer a variety of diversity. Rowayton, Silvermine, Cranbury and SoNO to name a few. SoNo (South Norwalk) was originally a separate town and merged with the city in 1913. The area is known widely for its dedication to the arts, varied nightlife, and array of restaurants. The Maritime Aquarium and Imax theater are also located here, as well as the Metro North train station. The New Haven and Danbury branch lines both run through Norwalk, which make this city an easy destination for anyone.
Rowayton is an upscale enclave, has its own train station as well, and hosts a few of the city's 15 marinas. At one time, Roton Point, Bayley Beach, and a part of the Wee Burn Country Club made up the Roton Point Amusement Park. The city itself has 1800 berthing spots and 500 Harbor mooring locations, so many water enthusiasts choose to call Norwalk home.
The city also has a few museums, including the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum. This 62-room mansion is thought to be one of the oldest surviving Second Empire style country houses ever built in the country, and received National Historic Landmark status 40+ years ago.
Norwalk Hospital is an acute care teaching hospital and is known for its expert Gastroenterology, Nutrition, and Pulmonary care.
Major transportation arteries, such as Interstate 95, the Route 7 Interchange and one of Connecticut's scenic roads, Merritt Parkway (Route 15), offer convenience to all commuters.