New Canaan

New Canaan features a small-town charm with an endlessly vibrant personality. This enchanting community offers an iconic town center, a bustling restaurant scene, and excellent shopping in a storybook-like setting.

Welcome to New Canaan

New Canaan is a picturesque community promising a small-town ambiance with a vibrant sense of character. Situated alongside the Fivemile River, this enchanting community borders New York State, offering a swift commute to Manhattan. Its deep-rooted town pride, tight-knit community, and iconically quaint town center lend it an unrivaled charm.

New Canaan boasts a thriving restaurant scene, excellent shopping spots, and a delightful atmosphere. The downtown area is home to chic boutiques, top-notch restaurants, and inviting locales for outdoor happy hours. With many activities in store, New Canaan enjoys a serene suburban atmosphere where most residents own their homes. Its exceptional schools, impeccably maintained public spaces, and top-tier amenities complement a vibrant community lifestyle. 


New Canaan belongs to the highly-ranked New Canaan Public Schools system.


New Canaan presents a range of distinctive amenities contributing to its community appeal. The New Canaan Library stands as a community cornerstone for learning, offering a wealth of resources, engaging programs, and events. In addition, the New Canaan YMCA provides a variety of fitness facilities and hosts community activities, fostering a healthy and active lifestyle.

The New Canaan High School Theatre showcases talented students through engaging productions, from plays to energetic Broadway-style musicals, captivating audiences with creativity and skill. Known for its dedication to the arts, the New Canaan High School Theatre continues to inspire and delight both the school community and theater enthusiasts.

The Silvermine Arts Center is known for its illustrious history and dedication to the arts, offering a diverse range of exhibitions, educational programs, and art classes. Through its galleries, studios, and events, the Silvermine Arts Center remains a pivotal community institution, inspiring established and emerging artists.

The Philip Johnson Glass House is an iconic architectural gem in New Canaan, designed by the renowned architect Philip Johnson. This innovative and influential historic structure is celebrated for its minimalist design, featuring glass walls that blur the lines between the interior and exterior spaces. The Glass House, along with its accompanying structures and impeccably landscaped grounds, continues to be a revered destination, showcasing modernist architecture and inviting visitors to appreciate its unique design and artistic significance.


The nearly century-old Bristow Bird Sanctuary offers a tranquil escape with 17 acres of bird habitats, forested nature trails, and birdwatching opportunities. The adjacent Mead Memorial Park promises a day of adventure, with baseball fields, a playground, pickleball and tennis courts, and a beautiful pond.

Kiwanis Park provides recreational spaces for sports and leisure activities, with its manufactured pond, shaded sandy beach, and picnic spaces. Mill Pond Park features a swimming pool, picnic benches, and walking trails for a fun day out. As another beloved outdoor spot, Waveny Park is centered around the historic Tudor-style Waveny House (“the castle”) and is home to 300 glorious acres of open space, soccer fields, baseball and softball fields, hiking trails, and a dog park.

The esteemed and private Country Club of New Canaan also enhances the town's recreational offerings, providing golf and social amenities for its members.


The lifestyle in New Canaan is a perfect blend of refined charm and modern sophistication. Renowned for its spectacular surroundings and quintessential New England ambiance, the town offers a serene and tight-knit community feel. 

The town's thriving downtown area features a chic array of boutiques, excellent dining options, and a bustling atmosphere. With a deep appreciation for the arts, extensive recreational amenities, and well-maintained parks, New Canaan offers a highly engaging lifestyle that fosters community and belonging.


By train, it takes about 80 minutes to commute from New Canaan to New York’s Grand Central Terminal. Driving takes just over an hour.

Overview for New Canaan, CT

20,574 people live in New Canaan, where the median age is 42.5 and the average individual income is $119,935. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

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Around New Canaan, CT

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

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Sweet Pierre's, The Farmer's Grind, and Bubble & Brew.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining · $$ 4.14 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.07 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.5 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 3.43 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 0.89 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 4.25 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for New Canaan, CT

New Canaan has 6,917 households, with an average household size of 2.96. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in New Canaan do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 20,574 people call New Canaan home. The population density is 926.98 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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45.24 / 54.76%

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Schools in New Canaan, CT

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The following schools are within or nearby New Canaan. 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.
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New Canaan High School
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