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 21,787 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 95.92% 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 (24.19%), sales jobs (16.49%), and business and financial occupations (14.98%).

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.

Also of interest is that Darien has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 9.27% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

Because of many things, Darien is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Darien a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Darien has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local 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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

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 30.60 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.

For the size of the town, public transportation in Darien is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Darien, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

If knowledge is power, Darien is a pretty powerful place. 80.06% of the adults in Darien have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Darien in 2010 was $96,767, which is wealthy relative to Connecticut and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $387,068 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, English, German, and Scottish.

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