Danbury, CT


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Danbury, CT

About Danbury, CT

Danbury, Connecticut has something for everyone with outdoor hiking trails at Tarrywile Park & Mansion or numerous cultural attractions like the Danbury Railway Museum. Large city - Southwestern Connecticut along Long Island Sound, 50 miles northeast of New York City.

Zip Codes: 06810 06811
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Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 7 ft above sea level

The most recent Metropolitan Area created some major shifts in Connecticut, where metro areas are more closely aligned by county borders than towns and townships as in the old New England structure. As a result, two important and highly diverse metro areas, Danbury and Stamford-Norwalk were merged into this now very large and complex Bridgeport area. Formerly a whaling port, Bridgeport itself grew up as an industrial and manufacturing center known for large machinery and brass products. Some of this heavy industry still remains, but general industrial decline has left considerable areas of blight.

The area’s story is far more complex today. Particularly in combination with other centers along the Long Island Sound and major commute lines, the area has emerged into a major corporate center for headquarters and financial operations. Surrounding cities Fairfield, Stratford, and Trumbull provide a variety of suburban living environments and are within commuting distance of New York.

Closer to New York, Stamford, Norwalk and Greenwich bring some additional older industrial infrastructure and corporate functions but more importantly areas of very attractive and affluent commuter suburbs. Danbury is an attractive smaller city with a diverse commercial base, low crime, attractive rural areas nearby, and again, proximity to New York but a bit outside practical commute distance. Smaller classic New England-style towns, like Newtown, lie between Danbury and the shore mainly east and south offering excellent residential opportunities.

The economy, needless to say, is diverse and offers a lot of high paying jobs especially for those willing to make a lengthy commute. The affluence, high property values and high property tax rates, which are among the highest in the nation, make the area challenging for migrants or younger families starting out, although other taxes are relatively modest. Many older sections especially near Bridgeport are industrial with low educational attainment and high crime, while most of these issues are avoided further inland.

Sea breezes and the proximity of the Long Island Sound tend to moderate temperatures both in summer and winter, and also to reduce winter snows for areas along the shore. Summer temperatures may be 5 degrees to 10 degrees lower than nearby inland locations, and winter snowfalls average 10 inches less. Summers are warm and humid, while winters are variable and might be punctuated with heavy “noreaster” snowstorms. Short periods of bitter cold can occur, but are usually shorter in duration than their counterparts in more northerly, inland locations. High tides and large coastal Atlantic storms can create flooding in low-lying areas. First freeze is end of October, last is mid-April.

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Danbury Cost of Living
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Diverse economy, close to new york city, and good climate for region make Danbury a great place to live.

$380,300
+11.1% higher than avg
$74,600
+7.5% higher than avg
$1,540 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
+25.5% higher than avg
Danbury Crime
24.6 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
Minimum annual income
To live comfortably in Danbury, Connecticut
$72,720
for a family
$67,600
for a single person
Pros & Cons of Danbury
   Diverse economy
Some blighted areas
   Close to New York City
Cost of living
   Good climate for region
Long commutes
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If you are looking for a city, that you still get to New York City from, Danbury, with its funky, unique homes, vibrant foodie scene, super hip downtown library,  More

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Most folks can't afford to retire to  More

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Over 11 years ago

It is very hard to make ends meet unless you are in the upper class. Growing up we had the best place to live. A great Town. Now we are a city that is being taken over  More

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