Stratford is a town in Connecticut with a population of 52,529. Stratford is in Fairfield County. Living in Stratford offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Stratford there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in Stratford and residents tend to be liberal.
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I lived in Stratford for about 20 years. The area itself has always been very diverse, safe and contained many close knit communities. It has grown in business over the last few years, with more and more small businesses developing in the area. If you want a more lively night atmosphere, you’ll have to go to neighboring towns. It is the perfect hub for travel to any big city: NYC in an hour and a half, Boston in 2 hours, Philadelphia in 3 hours, etc. Having gone through the public school system, the programs available to students are incredible using available resources with neighboring towns, to include high school level agriculture, aquaculture, nursing, and early college experience programs. The music programs from elementary through high school are phenomenal as well.
Stratford is unsure whether it wants to be a small town or a bustling city, and it really falls in the middle in some of the best and worst ways. It's just small enough that you're guaranteed to run into the one person you don't want to see at the grocery store, but just big enough that you probably won't get to know your neighbors. Businesses find it hard to find a footing in town, with a few long-term institutions alongside a revolving door of failed restaurants. The arts scene is nothing to write home about (except for the excellent tattoo parlor and offbeat exhibition space called FTS Gallery), but the library is incredible. It has perhaps 7 or 8 Dunkin locations, but zero bookstores. It has decent beachfront (not as nice as Milford's) and a poorly maintained state forest. It's a town of contradictions, but it's not the worst place to live.
I moved from New York. I am used to city life, and there is none here. Stratford is a calm suburban area. I've never met kinder people! My first week here we decided we'd go grocery shopping (everything is conveniently placed!) but it was in a mall that was mostly car accessible. We were just about stranded, and we attempted to call a cab. The cab took forever, and we were just about stranded in a parking lot- and someone offered to take us home. The woman told me that she'd been living here for about 20 years, and it's a lovely place to live, middle school education was great, but the high school not as much. One of my neighbors has all the town gossip. He told us it was a tight community, and that we were the youngest on the street. A lot of people who live here are old, or families, and most houses had already been paid off. It is perfect for someone who likes the small towns, but I feel bored,. Unless you grew up here, it's pretty difficult to meet people and make friends.