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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 12.13% 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, 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 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 32.60 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, New Canaan 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 New Canaan area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

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 76.12% 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 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.