Darien

Darien, a charming town along Connecticut's Gold Coast, embodies a classic New England appeal dating back to the 1600s. Known for its tightly-knit community, many recreational amenities, and convenient proximity for NYC commuters, Darien offers a serene, easy-going lifestyle with modern comforts and old-fashioned charm.

Welcome to Darien

Darien, the smallest town on Connecticut's Gold Coast, is a classic New England gem with a rich history dating back to the colonial era. The town's natural beauty remains exceptionally well-preserved. Living in Darien means becoming a part of a vibrant and closely-knit community with so much to offer. The community seamlessly combines modern living with a timeless, charming allure, with various recreational opportunities, clubs, and distinguished educational institutions. 

Positioned between neighboring cities Westport and Stamford, Darien is a preferred choice for daily NYC commuters as well. The Darien lifestyle is characterized by a laid-back and revitalizing atmosphere, much like the refreshing Long Island breeze. 

EDUCATION

Darien belongs to the Darien Public Schools district, which is dedicated to creating an encouraging, respectful, and intellectually stimulating learning atmosphere. 

AMENITIES 

Darien offers many amenities, from historical preservation to recreational experiences. The Museum of Darien preserves the town's heritage, featuring exhibits, archives, and events that provide insights into its past. The Darien Library provides an extensive collection of resources and hosts programs for all ages, fostering a love for learning within the community.

Various clubs, including The Country Club of Darien, Woodway Country Club, Wee Burn Country Club, and the Noroton Yacht Club, offer exclusive recreational and social opportunities. These esteemed clubs provide top-tier facilities for golf, tennis, and yachting, along with a range of social activities, enriching the lives of their members and contributing to Darien's vibrant lifestyle.

The Ox Ridge Riding & Racquet Club is a haven for equestrian and racquet sports enthusiasts. This prestigious 105-year-old club features equestrian facilities and courts for squash and tennis, allowing members to engage in horseback riding, tournaments, and social events.

OUTDOORS

Darien caters to outdoor enthusiasts seeking sunny adventures. Thanks to more than 11 park areas and 30 acres of shoreline beaches, engaging in gardening, hiking, sailing, and horseback riding is simply part of everyday life.

Pear Tree Point Beach stands out for its scenic shoreline, offering sandy beaches, picnic areas, barbecue grills, and a boat launch ramp. The Woodland Park Nature Preserve presents lush greenery, walking trails, two ponds, a footbridge, and open spaces in its 634 acres of gorgeous natural splendor. It’s truly ideal for leisurely strolls and quiet relaxation.

Cherry Lawn Park, with its well-maintained gardens, gazebo, playground, multi-use field, softball fields, tennis courts, pickleball courts, and basketball hoops, is an excellent spot for endless outdoor pursuits. Stony Brook Park, known for its natural beauty and serene trails, offers a peaceful escape into the woods.

The Darien Nature Center is an educational hub, providing interactive exhibits, wildlife observation areas, and trails. Residents can also take a trip to Stamford’s Cove Island Park, featuring running trails, rollerblading and cycling paths, basketball and tennis courts, and a serene coastal setting with two sandy beaches. 

LIFESTYLE 

In Darien, the community spirit fosters a dynamic lifestyle. Throughout the year, residents engage in various fun-filled events, from springtime community arts festivals and model boat sailing competitions at Tilley Pond Park to autumn pumpkin carving carnivals. The town offers several shopping districts alongside upscale dining spots both downtown and by the waterfront, providing opportunities for retail therapy and exploring the culinary delights. The overall atmosphere in this town creates a "staycation" sensation for its residents.

COMMUTE TIME TO NYC

From Darien to New York City’s Grand Central Terminal takes about 50 minutes by train. By car, the trip is 45 miles and takes approximately one hour.

Overview for Darien, CT

21,485 people live in Darien, where the median age is 40 and the average individual income is $137,440. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

21,485

Total Population

40 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$137,440

Average individual Income

Around Darien, CT

There's plenty to do around Darien, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Car-Dependent
Walking Score
17
Somewhat Bikeable
Bike Score
26
Some Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Strigo Coffee, Jackie's Empanadas On the Go, and Orvis.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 3.66 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.26 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 2.44 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.59 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.96 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.08 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Darien, CT

Darien has 6,978 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Darien do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 21,485 people call Darien home. The population density is 2,284.22 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

21,485

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

40

Median Age

49.63 / 50.37%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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25-64 Years

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75+ Years

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  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
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  • Graduate Degree
6,978

Total Households

3

Average Household Size

$137,440

Average individual Income

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Commute Time

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30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Darien, CT

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The following schools are within or nearby Darien. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Tokeneke Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
Ox Ridge Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
Hindley Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Holmes Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Pear Tree Point School
PRIVATE
K - 5th
No rating available
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
Royle Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5

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