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.

A relatively large number of people in Darien telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.68% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

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.

One of the nice things about Darien is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

In Darien, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.87 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

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.

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.