Ridgefield is a medium-sized town located in the state of Connecticut. With a population of 25,063 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Ridgefield is the 46th largest community in Connecticut.
Ridgefield home prices are not only among the most expensive in Connecticut, but Ridgefield real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Ridgefield is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 92.79% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Ridgefield is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ridgefield who work in management occupations (17.55%), sales jobs (15.72%), and business and financial occupations (10.73%).
Of important note, Ridgefield is also a town of artists. Ridgefield has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Ridgefield’s character.
Also of interest is that Ridgefield 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: 10.52% 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, Ridgefield is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.
Ridgefield is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Ridgefield’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 Ridgefield, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.33 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 Ridgefield use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Ridgefield‘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.
If knowledge is power, Ridgefield is a pretty powerful place. 74.65% of the adults in Ridgefield 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 Ridgefield in 2010 was $77,230, which is wealthy relative to Connecticut and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $308,920 for a family of four.
The people who call Ridgefield home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ridgefield residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Ridgefield include Italian, German, English, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Ridgefield is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.