Norwalk, CT
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Norwalk is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Connecticut. With a population of 89,005 people and 22 constituent neighborhoods, Norwalk is the sixth largest community in Connecticut.

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

Unlike some cities, Norwalk isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Norwalk are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Norwalk is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Norwalk who work in management occupations (11.77%), office and administrative support (11.63%), and sales jobs (11.34%).

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

One thing noticeable about Norwalk, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Norwalk is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Norwalk a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

One of the nice things about Norwalk 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Norwalk is somewhat unusual for a city 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 Norwalk area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The education level of Norwalk ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Norwalk, 41.10% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Norwalk in 2010 was $44,888, which is middle income relative to Connecticut, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $179,552 for a family of four. However, Norwalk contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Norwalk is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Norwalk home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Norwalk residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Norwalk also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 26.92% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Norwalk include Italian, Irish, German, English, and Polish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Norwalk's cultural character, accounting for 27.71% of the city’s population.

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