Stamford, perched on the shore of Long Island Sound in Fairfield County and located between Greenwich and Norwalk, is the fourth largest city in Connecticut. With a population of 124,000 and close proximity to New York City, Stamford is considered part of the New York Metropolitan Area. Stamford is in the fifth richest county in the nation, and is home to one of the largest concentrations of corporations in the USA. The downtown area of Stamford has a cluster of modern commercial buildings, many of which are corporate headquarters or divisions of large corporations. Downtown Stamford also features several entertainment venues, including the Palace Theatre and Rich Forum. The area around Columbus Park is a popular nightlife destination with bars, clubs, and restaurants. Stamford attracts young, educated, and health-minded singles and families who work in financial services and other white-collar professions. Stamford is a safe city, having earned recognition as one of America's safest cities with a population of over 100,000.
The history of Stamford dates back to 1640 when the New Haven Colony signed a land deed with the Native American inhabitants. During the 1800’s, proximity to New York made Stamford a center of commerce for goods and lumber transported between New York and Stamford by water. Toward the end of the 19th century, rail service made Stamford more accessible to New York residents who built summer homes and permanent residences along the shoreline, increasing the population. Stamford incorporated as a city in 1893, during a period when the city was becoming more industrialized. The mills and large factories that supported the city’s economy had declined by the 1960’s, leading to a period when downtown redevelopment efforts destroyed many of the old Stamford historic buildings, replacing them with modern office buildings and skyscrapers and making Stamford’s skyline reminiscent of Manhattan. In 1983, the Downtown Stamford Historic District was established to preserve the remaining examples of significant architecture, with more buildings added in 1985 and 2002.
Stamford, Connecticut has comfortable summer weather with high temperatures in the mid-80’s and lows in the 60’s. Winters are colder, with highs in the low 40’s and lows in the 20’s. January tends to be the coldest month. Stamford averages 46 inches of rain and 34 inches of snow per year, with precipitation spread evenly throughout the four seasons. Get more Stamford climate and weather information using the following links.
Getting around Stamford without driving is quite easy using available public transportation. CT Transit provides more than a dozen regular bus routes around Stamford with additional service routes to Norwalk and White Plains, NY. Amtrak’s Metro-North station is conveniently located in downtown Stamford with daily commuter service to Manhattan, and interstate service to Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. LaGuardia Airport, just 30 miles away, is easily reached by public transit or private car.
Cost of Living in Stamford
While not the most expensive place to live in Connecticut (that honor goes to neighbors Greenwich, Darien, and New Canaan), the cost of living in Stamford is 77% greater than the national average, with expensive housing as a leading reason for much of that higher cost. Compare your budget to the cost of living in Stamford using the following links.
The Stamford Public School district is comprised of twelve elementary schools, five middle schools and three high schools, serving 16,000 students. Six of the schools are magnet schools and two are International Baccalaureate schools. An additional 19 private schools serve the community.
Stamford Hospital is a general medical and surgical facility in Stamford. This hospital is affiliated with the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System, is a teaching facility for Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. If you’re planning a move to Stamford, it’s a good idea to know the medical resources available to you:
Stamford Real Estate
Homes in Stamford, Connecticut range from high-rise downtown condominiums in the 200k range to multi-million dollar estates with an ocean view. While the median value for a home in Stamford is more than $400,000, homes in the desirable West Side and Waterside neighborhoods carry an average listing price of 1.2 million dollars. Explore the available homes in Stamford using these links.
Many elegant accommodations are available for overnight guests in Stamford. Hotel Zero Degrees, set in the heart of downtown is a small, elegant and modern place with easy access to the city’s nightlife. The Marriott Stamford Hotel and Spa is also a great option with easy walking distance to the mall and downtown train station. For longer stays, Stamford Suites provide a fully furnished accommodation with plenty of space, an attached kitchen, and a private hot tub in the bathroom. For an exclusive stay, Oakwood at Avalon Grove features a convenient location, landscaped gardens, an outdoor pool, gazebos with gas grills, and a short walk to the shoreline. Find more accommodations.
Stamford is a Mecca of fine dining with more than 400 restaurants offering flavors from around the world. The top-rated restaurant in Stamford is Café Sylvium, an Italian bistro that is so popular on weekends that reservations are only allowed for parties of 6 or more. Brasitas gets the vote as best place for a romantic dinner, serving a fusion of tastes from Spain, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Olio is one of the top restaurants in Connecticut, featuring scratch-made, locally-sourced, American cuisine. If you enjoy classic French cuisine, La Bretagne is a long-time Stamford favorite, where diners can take their time and appreciate a well-prepared meal. For Greek cuisine, try EOS, where their traditional and contemporary Mediterranean dishes have earned them the title "Best Greek Restaurant" every year since opening. Find more great dining discoveries with the following links.
Things to Do in Stamford
With Manhattan just an hour away, there is an endless array of activities for culture and entertainment, but you don’t have to travel to enjoy the great outdoors in Stamford. Cove Island Park features trails for hiking and cycling, sandy beaches, rocky shoreline areas, mudflats, and more. The Stamford Museum and Nature Center has more than 80 acres of nature trails, an observatory, and museum galleries at Bendel Mansion. When downtown, you can ride the free trolley to Harbor Point with over 20 acres of parks, a mile-long waterfront boardwalk, 3 marinas, and an array of retail and restaurant offerings. Fishing and sailing are popular pastimes during the summer months, and the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium lets you get up close to sharks, sea turtles, river otters, and more. For sit-down entertainment, the Avon Theatre features independent and foreign films in a vintage art deco setting, and the Stamford Center for the Performing Arts offers live music, comedy, and live theatre in a restored Thomas Lamb-designed vaudeville house. Explore more events and activities in Stamford.