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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$416,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,477
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    39%
  • Own
    61%

Norwalk 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
    237
    283
  • Murder
    1
    6
  • Rape
    23
    41
  • Robbery
    73
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    269
    500
  • Theft
    1,162
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    173
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$80,896
National
$55,322
Children
17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    17%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%
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Norwalk Reviews

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I've lived in Norwalk all my life and am currently raising a family here. The great thing about Norwalk is it has just about anything you are looking for. There are quiet little communities, newly built trendy apartments for young adults, wealthy areas, poor areas, middle class areas, wooded areas, beach communities, typical suburbs etc. The beaches are beautifully maintained and there are lots of parks and playgrounds. People from surrounding communities come into Norwalk for our great restaurants, bars and shopping. The convenience of living here cannot be understated. Everything you need is within 5 minutes and in town. I rarely leave town for shopping, if ever.

The people in Norwalk are really down to earth and unpretentious, but a little guarded.

The school system is the best of the three major cities in the area (Norwalk, Bridgeport, Stamford). If you are an involved parent your children will get everything they need from the school system.
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I love all of the new infrastructure they have built over the past few years! We have brand new restaurants-- Colony Pizza, Barcelona, Bobby Q's, Sedona, Rincon, Gyro World, etc. which make this a more desirable location.
Also, they will have a mall built out by 2019 that will include a Nordstrom and Bloomingdales.
This is my town! I have love living here; it has everything I could want from a bustling downtown to a quaint seaside community to the perfect suburbs for raising a family. Everything I ever wanted was within walking distance and even if it wasn't, I can walk to the train station.