Ridgefield, CT
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Ridgefield is a medium-sized town located in the state of Connecticut. With a population of 25,244 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 93.18% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Ridgefield is a town of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ridgefield who work in management occupations (19.48%), business and financial occupations (13.54%), and sales jobs (13.36%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 10.29% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

Because of many things, Ridgefield is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Ridgefield a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Ridgefield has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local 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 is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Ridgefield, the average commute to work is 32.21 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

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. 72.57% 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 $75,716, which is wealthy relative to Connecticut and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $302,864 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 German.