New Canaan, CT
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New Canaan is a medium-sized town located in the state of Connecticut. With a population of 20,387 people and four constituent neighborhoods, New Canaan is the 55th largest community in Connecticut.

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

New Canaan is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 92.94% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, New Canaan is a town of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in New Canaan who work in management occupations (19.80%), sales jobs (17.15%), and business and financial occupations (16.16%).

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

Also of interest is that New Canaan 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: 12.13% 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, New Canaan is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Because of many things, New Canaan is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making New Canaan 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, New Canaan has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, New Canaan’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

One downside of living in New Canaan is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In New Canaan, the average commute to work is 32.60 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 New Canaan is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For New Canaan, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

If knowledge is power, New Canaan is a pretty powerful place. 76.12% of the adults in New Canaan 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 New Canaan in 2010 was $105,846, which is wealthy relative to Connecticut and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $423,384 for a family of four.

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

The most common language spoken in New Canaan is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.