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Fairfield, Connecticut Education and City Information

Established in 1639, Fairfield, Connecticut, had a population of over 60,678 in 2014, according to the Connecticut Economic Resource Center. Fairfield is home to two regionally ranked universities

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Information about Fairfield, CT

Fairfield is located along Long Island Sound between Stamford and Bridgeport. The town measures roughly 30 square miles. In 2010, the ethnic makeup of the town was roughly 88% white, 5% Latino, close to 4% Asian and almost 2% African American.

Located within the town proper, Fairfield University features several artistic and cultural venues, including the Bellarmine Museum of Art, Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts and PepsiCo Theatre. Additionally, there are several historic sites throughout the town, including the Fairfield and Southport railroad stations, the Fairfield and Southport historic districts and the Bronson Windmill. Residents and visitors alike also might enjoy visiting the Connecticut Audubon Society Birdcraft Museum and Sanctuary, the nation's oldest private songbird sanctuary.

Education in Fairfield

In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked two Fairfield schools among the best in the North region. Fairfield University, a private school with over 5,100 students, was rated the sixth best regional university, while Sacred Heart University, a private school with a slightly larger student population of nearly 7,800, was rated 41st in the region.

Students seeking additional options can find several colleges and universities within a 20-mile radius of Fairfield. These include 4-year schools St. Vincent's College and the University of Bridgeport, as well as 2-year schools Housatonic Community College and Norwalk Community College.

Economy of Fairfield

According to the Connecticut Department of Labor, General Electric Co. and Fairfield Public Schools are among Fairfield's top employers, along with Fairfield and Sacred Heart universities, Post-Acute Rehabilitation Unit, Carolton Chronic Convalescent and the Jewish Home Jewish Senior Services.


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