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  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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About Fairfield...
Population
61,114

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$589,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,752
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    18%
  • Own
    82%
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Fairfield Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    29
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    6
    41
  • Robbery
    27
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    196
    500
  • Theft
    1,325
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    99
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$122,135
National
$55,322
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    28%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    34%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    17%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%
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Thankfully have moved from Fairfield. The particular neighborhood that I resided was not inclusive. There were neighbors that wouldn’t aknowledge others. The center of town doesn’t offer much; yet is too congested. The beaches are crowded and nothing special. The residents (in one particular, “sought after” neighborhood) are extremely unfriendly and cliquish. It’s middle school all over again! Let’s just say, I kiss the ground where we currently reside.
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Lived in Manhattan for 12 years and now living in Fairfield for over 10. The good: it's safe, public schools are great, it's diverse (at least the side of town closer to Black Rock turnpike), people are well educated, streets are tidy and bucolic, great public beaches and parks, some nice restaurants (though mostly Italian). The bad: a lot of people are from or work in NYC especially in financial industries so you get a lot of that residual NY attitude. Drivers can be rude, especially all those BMWs. Houses are expensive. Being next door to Bridgeport there is an element of tension and bigotry, they are literally trying to keep people out (next step would be to build a wall!). But I left NYC to raise kids and start a new chapter and live in a place like where I grew up and haven't had any regrets. The best part is if you want diversity or excitement or something other than Italian, Manhattan is always a train ride away.
I live in Fairfield and have for about about 15 years. It is a great town and has a lot to offer for many different demographics. The neighborhoods of Southport, Greenfield Hill, and Sasco Beach are the most expensive, and rival nearby towns of Westport, Darien, Greenwich, and New Canaan. The Downtown is very nice, with sidewalks, great restaurants, a good night life, and cute little shops. Fairfield has five public beaches for their residents, all of which are great. Fairfield is home to two universities; Fairfield University and Sacred Heart University. The town is served by the Metro North Trainline, and commute to New York City range from 60-80 minutes. The 1-95 and the Merritt Parkway run through the town as well. The public schools are great with their two high schools, Fairfield Ludlowe and Fairfield Warde being ranked the 10th and 19th best public high schools in the state, respectively.