Fairfield : Connecticut


What It Is Like to Retire in Fairfield

Fairfield has a low crime rate, excellent public school system, suburban character, scenic location on the Long Island Sound, and proximity to New York City.  Many residents in Fairfield commute to New York, New Haven, and in between. It is an affluent area with average household income over $100,000. The population is just over 57,000.

Where to Retire in Fairfield and Home Prices

The area is primarily suburban although it is possible to live in the town. There are some developments in the area that are de-facto active adult communities.
The median home value in Fairfield was $706,962, in early 2022, according to Zillow.com.


What Is Special about Fairfield

Fairfield has it all: natural beauty plus easy access to all the benefits of city living.  Fairfield is a town of many neighborhoods, two of which—Southport and Greenfield Hill—are notably affluent.  It's also a college town with about 3,900 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students study in Fairfield's six schools and colleges of Fairfield University. Natural beauties include the town's five miles of Long Island Sound coastline include 5 town beaches which are staffed by lifeguards during the summer, and miles of privately owned beach which are open to the public below the high tide mark. In 2012, Fairfied was ranked 64 in Money Magazine's "Best Places to Live".


What Is Not Special about Fairfield

Fairfield is expensive and taxes are high.

Who Will Like Retirement in Fairfield

Like nearly all retirement towns, Fairfield draws its retirees from the nearby environs or from people who wish to return where they grew up and may still have family. Fairfield is known for its vitality and volunteerism, and draws engaged, active retirees.

Local Economy Is Driven by

    * R.C. Bigelow (Bigelow Tea Company) -- headquarters, Black Rock Turnpike
    * Sturm, Ruger & Co. -- headquarters, Lacey Place in Southport, firearms manufacturer
    * Pepperidge Farm--former headquarters, The Ridge
    * The Voice--Ad agency with designers-in-residence

Climate and Physical Environment

Fairfield is located on the shore of the Long Island Sound with an average January temperature of 30 degrees, which is it's coolest month.  The Average temperature in July is 74 degrees, and the maximum precipitation normally occurs in April.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Fairfield Community Theatre Foundation hosts many community events;  The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on the campus of Fairfield University has become known as one of the finest concert halls in the country.



Crime is low in Fairfield - about a third of the national average.

Medical Facilities

Bridgeport Hospital, affiliated with Yale University School of Medicine, and St. Vincent’s Medical Center. 


Fairfield is traversed by Route 1 and interstate 95; Metro-North has three railroad stations in Fairfield.


Valuable Links

Fairfield on Wikipedia

Town of Fairfield


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