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New Canaan, CT
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Living in New Canaan


New Canaan is a medium-sized town located in the state of Connecticut. With a population of 20,622 people and five constituent neighborhoods, New Canaan is the 54th 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 94.78% 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 (23.43%), business and financial occupations (17.45%), and sales jobs (13.99%).

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.

A relatively large number of people in New Canaan telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 16.14% 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.

Because of many things, New Canaan is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, New Canaan really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is New Canaan perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

One downside of living in New Canaan, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 33.97 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in New Canaan use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of New Canaan‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to New Canaan, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. New Canaan is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 79.21% 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 New Canaan in 2018 was $114,884, which is wealthy relative to Connecticut and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $459,536 for a family of four.

New Canaan is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. 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 Irish, English, Italian, German, and Polish.

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