Stamford is a coastal community along Connecticut's shoreline located in Fairfield County. It is the fourth largest city in the state with a population of approximately 117,000 residents. Stamford is conveniently located just 25 miles to the northeast of New York City.
Stamford was the ninth-safest city in the United States in 2006 and for the past six years has ranked in the top 11 safest cities with populations of 100,000 or more, according to the FBI. In 2005, Stamford was voted "The Best City to Reside In" by the magazine United States Living.
The population is diverse and interesting, ranging from recent immigrants to college students and professionals. You will find diverse housing too -- urban lofts to gracious homes on wooded acreage to elegant waterfront homes and condominiums on Long Island Sound. In the 2nd Quarter 2007 home prices ranged between the 500's to just over 1 million. Stamford residents pay slightly less for real estate than their next door neighbors in New Canaan, Darien, and Greenwich.
Stamford offers several neighborhoods such as Shippan, Waterside, Glenbrook, and Downtown to the south near Long Island Sound and Springdale, Westover, and Beltow in the center. More suburban neighborhoods can be found north of the Merritt Parkway in North Stamford.
Stamford residents enjoy city-owned beaches, picnic areas, parks, bird sanctuaries, ice-skating rinks, and nature trails.
Stamford has several public high schools, Westhill High School, Stamford High School, J.M. Wright Technical High School and the Academy of Information Technology and Engineering. The city also has several private schools, including King and Low-Heywood Thomas School and Trinity Catholic High School, and Bi-Cultural Jewish Day School as well as two state charter schools: Trailblazers Academy Charter Middle School and Stamford Academy Charter High School, both operated by human services nonprofit Domus. Stamford has branches of the University of Connecticut, University of Bridgeport and Sacred Heart University.