Stratford : Connecticut


What It Is Like to Retire in Stratford

Stratford is an old Connecticut town of 51,000 on the Housatonic River north of Brideport. It is home to Sikorsky Aircraft and has a long tradition in aviation and defense manufacturing.  It was home for a long time to the American Shakespeare Theatre, which has unfortunately ceased operation. The town has several islands in the river and many nice beaches. Picture of Stratford Point Light courtesy of Wikipedia and Jeremy D'Entremont (public domain); photo of Boothe Memorial Park and Museum courtesy of Wikipedia and Igor154 (public domain).


Where to Retire in Stratford and Home Prices

Median price of a home in Stratford was just under $305,429 in early 2021, according to Zillow. There are several active communities in the area (see link above)


What Is Special about Stratford

Stratford has some nice town beaches and a beautiful river. There is a country club with golf course. Interesting aviation history.


What Is Not Special about Stratford

It is too bad the Shakespeare Theater has not been able to reopen despite several efforts. There are several brown field sites in the area thanks to it's industrial past.


Who Will Like Retirement in Stratford

Those who want to live in a mid-sized town not far from NYC may like retiring here. Stratford offers parks and beaches, and community events.  it has a very active senior center, and a public golf course with views of the Long Island Sound.


Local Economy Is Driven by

Manufacturing drives the economy.  Sikorsky Aircraft, developer of the first American helicopter, and the world's leading helicopter manufacturer is headquarterd here and produces both military and commercial helicopters.  Since 1957, all Mariine One helicopters have been manufactured here.


Climate and Physical Environment

January's average temperature is 33 degrees, July's average is 74 degrees.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There are several restaurants in Stratford along with parks, beaches, museums and places of interest.



Crime rate is below the national average.

Medical Facilities

Nearby hospitals include Yale in New Haven and Bridgeport Hospital


 Sikorsky Memorial Airport is located in Stratford, although it is owned by the nearby town of Bridgeport, and is for small airpcraft, and provides helicopter service to NYC; Metro-North has a stop here on the New Haven Line; the nearest regional airport is in New Haven about 20 miles away, and LaGuardia International airport is approximately 60 miles away.


Valuable Links

Town of Stratford


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