Stratford Connecticut is located in Fairfield County. Founded in 1639, Stratford is a community rich in history and abundant natural beauty. Stratford is a beautiful and historic waterfront community sitting on Long Island Sound and bounded to the east by the Housatonic River.
Residents enjoy boating, fishing, jogging and wildlife. Stratford has public boat launches, fishing piers, 5 marinas, and 2 beaches-- all open to the public.
Within an hour's drive of New York City, Stratford is the easternmost town in Fairfield County-Connecticut's Gold Coast. Major highways such as I-95, Route 8/25 and the Merritt Parkway bisect Stratford, and provide convenient access to the entire Northeast corridor. The deep water harbor of neighboring Bridgeport provide excellent docking and terminal facilities for either domestic or overseas shipping, in addition to ferry passenger service to Long Island.
Stratford has a long association with the aviation industry. Stratford became the birthplace of the American helicopter industry, when in 1939, a Russian immigrant, Igor Sikorsky, successfully flew the first helicopter at his Stratford-based aircraft plant. More than a half-century later, Sikorsky Aircraft, the world's leading helicopter manufacturer, still designs and produces state-of-the art helicopters for both military and commercial applications at its sprawling manufacturing facility on Stratford's north side.
Stratford's 50,000 residents enjoy a 250-acre protected forest, town-owned Roosevelt Forest to the Great Meadows Salt Marsh, one of the largest unditched salt marshes remaining in New England and now a portion of the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge.
Housing is affordable in Stratford and provides a variety of home types and sizes. Average home prices are in the low $300,000's.