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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B
Stratford is a town in Connecticut with a population of 52,279. 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. The public schools in Stratford are above average.
About Stratford...
Population
52,279

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$255,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,294
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    21%
  • Own
    79%
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Stratford Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    49.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    11.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    40
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    251.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,587.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    219.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    13%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    31%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in Stratford

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$75,845
National
$55,322
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Stratford is an amazing town with an excellent school system, town life and diversity. Growing up in Stratford has introduced me to a variety of people and allowed me to become familiar with different cultures. Especially the various fairs and events that occur at the gazebo in the heart of the town. The school system has allowed me to get into prestigious programs and onto secondary education. The town is inclusive in the way that it has something for every age group. "The green" is a plaza, gazebo, beaches, parks, playgrounds and proximity to other towns makes it a great destination spot.

Overall, Stratford is a great place to visit or settle down. People from various cultures and backgrounds create for interesting company and its location is perfect for a suburban setting. Never too boring and never too quiet, there is something for everyone in this town!
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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.