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 93.36% 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 (19.61%), sales jobs (14.12%), and business and financial occupations (11.96%).

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: 9.69% 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 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.

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 32.46 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, Ridgefield 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 Ridgefield area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Ridgefield. 74.74% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Ridgefield in 2010 was $75,634, which is wealthy relative to Connecticut and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $302,536 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.