About || Darien, Connecticut

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 Manhattan. 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.

Town Size

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 14.8 square miles, of which 12.9 square miles is land and 2.0 square miles or 13.41%, is water. On the south it faces Long Island Sound. It is part of the “panhandle” of Connecticut jutting into New York state. The town has 16.5 miles of coastline and five harbors.

Location || Commute

The town has four exits on the northbound-traffic side of Interstate 95 (Exits 10–13) and three on the southbound-traffic side (where there is no Exit 12). Its northern border is just south of the Merritt Parkway, where Exits 36 and 37 are closest to the town.

It also has two Metro-North railroad stations for commuter trains into New York City, with a 38 to 39 miles commute of 46–50 minutes from Noroton Heights and 49–53 minutes from Darien. Most trains run non-stop after Stamford into New York City’s 125th Street, then Grand Central Terminal.

Education

In June 2012, 24/7 Wall St. ranked Darien as the 10th wealthiest school district in the United States.

Darien is served by Darien Public Schools, and Darien High School was listed among the “U.S. News Best High Schools in Connecticut” in 2011. Darien has five elementary schools: Hindley School, Holmes School, Ox Ridge School, Royle School, and Tokeneke School. A $27 million addition was completed in 2000 to the town’s middle school, Middlesex Middle School, and a new $73 million campus for Darien High School was completed in the fall of 2005. Darien sports teams go by the name of the “Blue Wave”.

Pear Tree Point School is a private school on Long Neck, educating students in pre-kindergarten through Grade 5.

The public library in Darien, the Darien Library, has consistently ranked in the top ten of its category in the HAPLR (Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings) Index of libraries. In 2012, it was named a Five Star library by Library Journal, which used four objective measures: visits, circulation, program attendance and internet computer use per capita to compare the level of services libraries provide to their communities.

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