Norwalk CT is located forty miles northeast of New York City and borders Darien, New Canaan, Westport and Wilton in Fairfield County along the Long Island Sound. Norwalk was founded February 26, 1640 and incorporated September 11, 1651. Norwalk is the sixth largest city in the state of Connecticut with a population of approximately 83,000.
Home prices range from the low 400's to over $1.5 million.
Major employers, diversified housing and excellent educational opportunities attract people from all over the United States to live and work in Norwalk and the surrounding communities. The presence of many major employers based in Norwalk generates job opportunities and enhances economic security for all the communities in the Greater Norwalk area. Norwalk offers numerous shopping, dining and recreational opportunities in East Norwalk, historic South Norwalk (SoNo), Rowayton, Silvermine, Cranbury, Norwalk Center, and major centers on U.S. Route 1 and Route 7. Over the past ten years the community has undergone a revitalization that incorporates historical preservation and beautification, the creation of major office complexes, the improvement of Norwalk's extensive waterfront area, as well as the development of new retail, cultural and recreational offerings.
The safe, sandy beaches of Norwalk's Long Island Sound shore are glorious recreational assets both in summer and off-season. People can swim, cook out, fish, walk, enjoy the children's playgrounds, play miniature golf, visit the concession stands, learn to sail, play tennis, or just sit and relax. Calf Pasture Park and Cranbury Park are the largest of the public parks.
Norwalk is rich in history. In 1776, Nathan Hale, disguising himself as a teacher, was rowed to British-held Long Island and then on to New York to give a report to the British. Later, General William Tryon raided Norwalk with a combined force of over 2,600 Hessian and British soldiers and burned the town down, leaving only six homes untouched. After the war, the citizens of Norwalk rebuilt the town, adding coastal trade, manufacturing and shipbuilding to their farm businesses. Norwalk citizens manufactured clocks, watches, paper, pottery, and nails, and hats. Oystering peaked between 1885 and 1910, going from public oyster beds to oyster farms. Today, the oyster business is booming in Connecticut.
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