Darien, CT
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Darien is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Connecticut. With a population of 21,744 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Darien is the 51st largest community in Connecticut.

Darien home prices are not only among the most expensive in Connecticut, but Darien real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Darien is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 95.82% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Darien is a town of managers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Darien who work in management occupations (23.09%), sales jobs (16.85%), and business and financial occupations (15.84%).

Of important note, Darien is also a town of artists. Darien has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Darien’s character.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.68% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

In addition, Darien is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

Darien is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Darien’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

Darien is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

One downside of living in Darien is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Darien, the average commute to work is 30.87 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Darien is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Darien area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Darien, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Darien is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 79.47% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Darien in 2010 was $101,827, which is wealthy relative to Connecticut and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $407,308 for a family of four.

The people who call Darien home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Darien residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Darien include Italian, German, English, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Darien is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.