Norwalk is a coastal city bounded on the north by New Canaan and Wilton, on the South by Long Island Sound, on the east by Westport & Long Island Sound and on the west by New Canaan and Darien.
With a population of almost 85,000, Norwalk is the sixth largest city in the state of Connecticut. Norwalk was founded in February of 1640 via a purchase by Roger Ludlow of land between the Saugatuck and Norwalk Rivers. Captain Daniel Patrick purchased an additional portion of land soon after, and Norwalk was declared a town by the General Court of Connecticut in 1651. During the Revolutionary War period, Norwalk was burned by a large force of Hessian and British soldiers, leaving only six homes untouched.
After the war, the citizens of Norwalk rebuilt the town. Beginning as a farming community, Norwalk soon developed into a major seaport for the shipping trade, and later became an important manufacturing center for many years, producing clocks, watches, paper, pottery, hardware and hats. The oyster business also boomed, and remains vibrant to this day.
Today, Norwalk boasts an active, progressive and diverse business and corporate community. The city also continues to be a strong tourist attraction in Fairfield County and the state of Connecticut. Norwalk's main attractions include The Maritime Aquarium, the Stepping Stone Museum for Children, the Lockwood Mathews Mansion, historic South Norwalk, Sheffield Island Lighthouse, and the Norwalk Museum.
Yearly events include the SoNo Arts Festival, Oyster Festival and the In-Water Boat Show. The seaport house some of Connecticut's best protected marinas, home to sports and pleasure boating enthusiasts. Norwalk has culture and class.
DATA & DEMOGRAPHICS
|Population in Households||90,583|
|Population in Families||71,408|
|Median Household Income||$81,250|
|Average Household Income||$114,433|
|Per Capita Income||$44,078|
|Total Housing Units||37,441 (100%)|
|Owner Occupied HU||19,826 (53.0%)|
|Renter Occupied HU||15,197 (40.6%)|
|Vacant Housing Units||2,418 ( 6.5%)|
|Median Home Value||$450,295|
|Average Home Value||$527,603|
|Average Household Size||2.59|
|Average Family Size||3|