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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
    C+
  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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New Canaan is a suburb of New York City with a population of 20,273. New Canaan is in Fairfield County and is one of the best places to live in Connecticut. Living in New Canaan offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In New Canaan there are a lot of restaurants and parks. Residents of New Canaan tend to lean liberal. The public schools in New Canaan are highly rated.
About New Canaan...
Population
20,273

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$1,420,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,081
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    22%
  • Own
    78%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
A
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    0
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    58.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    386.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    48.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    15%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    4%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    17%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    37%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    43%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    12%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    6%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%

Working in New Canaan

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$192,428
National
$55,322
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New Canaan Reviews

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New Canaan is an amazing community driven town with things to do for everyone! The volunteer opportunities are boundless and offer ways for everyone to get involved and make everyone feel they can be a part of an amazing community. There are many family focused, elderly focused, new resident focused, child & teen focused activities and one doesn't have to look far to become involved. The schools are top notch; the public places are beautifully maintained; the library & YMCA are top notch, town parks & pool are beautiful; there are art exhibits, parades, gatherings, pop up parks, broadway like shows at the high school, amazing restaurants and shops in the walkable downtown district and truly something for everyone!
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After living in NYC for 20 years we decided to check out the suburbs for more space and great schools. Once we got a tour of New Canaan Country School, we fell in love with it and its quaint town. We haven’t looked back! We feel we found a diamond in the rough at NCCS. The school and it’s teachers are caring but do an excellent job at preparing the kids for this competitive world. The kids feel safe to make mistakes, to grow and enjoy school. The school promotes a healthy partnership with the parents and it’s students. We feel grateful to be a part of the NCCS community and to live in this special town.
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.