Stamford 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 129,113 people and 25 constituent neighborhoods, Stamford is the fourth largest community in Connecticut.
Stamford home prices are not only among the most expensive in Connecticut, but Stamford real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Stamford is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.02% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Stamford is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Stamford who work in management occupations (11.87%), office and administrative support (11.09%), and sales jobs (10.57%).
Also of interest is that Stamford has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One of the nice things about Stamford 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, Stamford 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 Stamford area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
The education level of Stamford ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Stamford, 47.27% 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 Stamford in 2010 was $49,443, which is upper middle income relative to Connecticut, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $197,772 for a family of four. However, Stamford contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Stamford is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Stamford home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Stamford residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Stamford also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 26.55% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Stamford include Irish, German, Polish, and English.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Stamford's cultural character, accounting for 33.27% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Stamford is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.