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New Canaan is a suburb of New York City with a population of 20,248. New Canaan is in Fairfield County and is one of the best places to live in Connecticut. Living in New Canaan offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In New Canaan there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Residents of New Canaan tend to lean liberal. The public schools in New Canaan are highly rated.
About New Canaan...
Population
20,248

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$1,373,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,932
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    23%
  • Own
    77%
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New Canaan 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
A
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    5
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    5
    41
  • Robbery
    0
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    79
    500
  • Theft
    476
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    74
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$176,601
National
$55,322
Children
24%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    37%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    41%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    12%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    8%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%
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I moved to New Canaan, Connecticut from Rio Rancho, New Mexico and it has been quite the rollar coaster. Despite adapting to my life here I find myself experiencing racism, sexism, and just about any other "ism" you can find. I am a hispanic female living in a town that to be blunt, doesn't want me. However, it is a beautiful town with a highly ranked school system that I am grateful to have taken part in. Many of the residence are very rich and do not understand the idea of being lower income or a minority. The average life here for a rich, white, straight, males here must be fantastic. However, for those that don't fit these criterium, there will be discrimination ad often times a resident may feel like this is not the place for them. If I could change one thing about New Canaan it would be the variety of people within it. With more exposure to different people the town will surely be more accepting and understanding of those who experience other struggles.
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The schools in New Canaan are amazing! The town is perfect, as everything is close together and very welcoming. It is a great place to grow up and an even better place to start a family.
Great town. New Canaan Public Schools system is considered to be one of the best in Connecticut. It has also gained national recognition for its high performance; for example, a recent edition of Forbes magazine rated New Canaan as the third-ranked school district in the United States "for home value" for communities with a median home price of about $800,000 or greater.