Norwalk is the sixth most populous city in Connecticut with a population of nearly 85,000. It was founded in February of 1640 after Roger Ludlow purchased the land between the Saugatuck and Norwalk Rivers. Additional land was purchased by Captain Daniel Patrick. In 1651, the General Court of Connecticut declared Norwalk a town.
During the Revolutionary War, 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. Once a farming community and a major seaport for the shipping trade, Norwalk later became an important manufacturing center. Clocks, watches, paper, pottery, hardware, and hats were produced in Norwalk. The oyster business also boomed and remains vibrant today.
Today, Norwalk boasts an active, progressive and diverse business and corporate community. The city is host to several tourist attractions such as the Maritime Aquarium, the Stepping Stone Museum for Children, the Lockwood Mathews Mansion, historic South Norwalk, Sheffield Island Lighthouse, and the Norwalk Museum.
There is also plenty of shopping in Norwalk. The SoNo Collection, an upscale shopping mall in the city’s South Norwalk section, opened in October 2019 with Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s as anchor stores.
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.
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|