Norwalk, CT
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Living in Norwalk


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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Norwalk is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 that you will notice about Norwalk is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Norwalk a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

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.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Norwalk is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Norwalk, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Norwalk is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 41.10% of adults in Norwalk have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

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.

Norwalk also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 27.71%.

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