Norwalk, CT Education and City Information

Part of the New York metro area, Norwalk is located along the Connecticut coast. The city is home to a public community college, and several 4-year schools are just a short commute away.

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Information about Norwalk, CT

Norwalk, Connecticut is located 40 miles northeast of New York City and borders New Canaan, Westport, Darien and Wilton in Fairfield County along the Long Island Sound. Based on 2014 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, Norwalk's population was around 88,000 people. The city's demographic makeup as of 2010 was nearly 69% white, around 14% African American, almost 5% Asian and more than 24% Hispanic.

Norwalk has museums, an amphitheater, a boardwalk, fishing piers, boat docks and children's playgrounds, all based around the Norwalk River. There is a ferry to the Sheffield Island Lighthouse that departs from the Hope Dock, just south of South Norwalk's Maritime Aquarium gazebo. Each summer, Shakespeare's plays are performed in Pinkney Park, on the banks of Rowayton's Five Mile River, and the Norwalk Concert Hall hosts concerts and other special events throughout the year.

Education in Norwalk

Norwalk Community College is the only nonprofit school located in Norwalk. NCC confers certificates and associate's degrees and had a student population of nearly 6,400 students as of Fall 2014.

Students seeking a 4-year education have several options within a 15-mile commute. Among them are Fairfield University, ranked the sixth best regional university in the North by U.S. News & World Report in 2016, and Sacred Heart University, the 41st ranked regional university. Other schools include the University of Bridgeport, St. Vincent's College and the Stamford campus of the University of Connecticut.

Economy of Norwalk

For the period 2010-2014, the median household income for Norwalk residents was $76,051, compared to the state median of $69,899. Norwalk's economy is a mix of health and social assistance, retail, manufacturing and other industries. Prominent employers headquartered in Norwalk include mechanical and electrical services firm EMCOR Group Inc., financial data and software company FactSet Research Systems, Xerox, Priceline.com and GE Capital, the financial services arm of General Electric.

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