New Canaan

New Canaan is a very affluent town in Fairfield County located just 12 miles from Greenwich and 48 miles northeast of New York City. A vibrant part of the Connecticut Gold Coast, this village of 20,000 people has one of the highest median incomes in the country, along with the best schools. Picturesque New England and its gently rolling hills, is ideally suited to significant private estates; New Canaan has some of the biggest and most beautiful in the world. Million-dollar condos are an entry point into the housing market; many of which cluster around iconic “God’s Acre” and close by a NYC train, shopping and restaurants in the village center. 

WELCOME TO NEW CANAAN

In the heart of famed Gold Coast, New Canaan is composed of stately private luxury estates with excellent schools, magnificent farms, pristine woodlands and gorgeous parks.

New Canaan is a very affluent town in Fairfield County located just 12 miles from Greenwich and 48 miles northeast of New York City. A vibrant part of the Connecticut Gold Coast, this village of 20,000 people has one of the highest median incomes in the country, along with the best schools. Picturesque New England and its gently rolling hills, is ideally suited to significant private estates; New Canaan has some of the biggest and most beautiful in the world. Million-dollar condos are an entry point into the housing market; many of which cluster around iconic “God’s Acre” and close by a NYC train, shopping and restaurants in the village center. 

NEW CANAAN: PEOPLE AND LIFESTYLE

Savoring an elite level of privacy and property size, sports icons, broadcasters, CEOs, politicians and entertainers’ share ties to this quiet New York metro-area town. A list of actors and singers are included among Harry Connick Jr., Katherine Heigl, Christopher Lloyd, David Letterman, Martin Mull, Sarah Rafferty, Paul Simon, and Allison Williams. 

Among the wealthiest homebuyers in the country, New Canaanites select the town for its ultimate privacy as well as globe-trotting proximity to three major airports - LaGuardia, Kennedy International and Westchester County Airport. Broadway and Times Square is reached within minutes from Interstate 95, the scenic Merritt Parkway and Metro-North railroad with trains departing almost hourly during peak times.  

NEW CANAAN REAL ESTATE INSIGHTS

Set apart by its grandly scaled estates with incredible privacy and elevated luxury, the town offers another key ingredient – acreage  Growth of hedge fund companies have, in very recent years, placed high demand on sophisticated residences tailored for larger families and entertaining. Several established farms from the early 1900s are now beautifully transformed into idyllic million-dollar homes set on exquisitely landscaped - large properties.  Truly, it’s become increasingly more difficult to find this level of privacy and so close to New York City elsewhere.

New construction is superbly moderated by town ordinance, but the result is magical grand estates in excess of 12,000 square feet are crafted on gated compounds that may include several guest or staff homes, indoor squash or racquetball courts, as well as water features, pools, ponds, equestrian barns, paddocks and horse stables.  

Architecture dotting the rolling landscape in New Canaan displays a high level of sophistication. Ultra-modern masterpieces are custom designed with glass walls focused on Nature, while quintessentially classic Colonials, Stone and Shingle styles blend with impressive vernaculars like French Provincial or English Manors. Common areas are equally designed to create park-like approaches with velvety lawns, stunning landscape, hardscapes and botanical gardens.

When it’s time to “go to town” people will head to the village center to window shop along rows of upscale boutiques, dine at a bistro and catch a movie. Holiday lights and singers who gather ‘round to sing Christmas carols add to the charming Currier and Ives atmosphere. 

With a seemingly endless list of things to do and see in and around this beautiful area, its never hard to find a local spot for hiking, birdwatching, walking the dog and meditating by a pond. Grace Farms is a non-profit center with a $65 million award-winning complex sprawling on 80 pristine acres of meadows offering the arts, lectures, concerts and community and faith-based initiatives to foster collaboration at the local, national and global level. Waveny Park is a true gem and landmark in town featuring a castle, 300 acres, fields, ponds, trails and Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr. original gardens. Fun fact: Waveny House is the mythical Cortlandt Manor on the soap opera All My Children as well as a movie set for the 2004 remake film The Stepford Wives. The Glass House is designated a National Historic Landmark and museum designed by noted Modern architect Philip Johnson. 

SCHOOLS



  • East Elementary School
  • South Elementary School
  • West Elementary School
  • Saxe Middle School
  • New Canaan High School




Overview for New Canaan, CT

20,249 people live in New Canaan, where the median age is 43.3 and the average individual income is $114,884.01. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

20,249

Total Population

43.3 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$114,884.01

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for New Canaan, CT

New Canaan has 6,855 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in New Canaan do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 20,249 people call New Canaan home. The population density is 912.33 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

20,249

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

43.3

Median Age

46.03 / 53.97%

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Total Households

3

Average Household Size

$114,884.01

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Schools in New Canaan, CT

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The following schools are within or nearby New Canaan. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Name
Category
Grades
School rating
PRIVATE
5th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 4th
5/5
New Canaan High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 4th
5/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 4th
5/5
PUBLIC
5th - 8th
5/5

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