Darien is a town rich in history and modern-day charm. It is a popular option for executives, professionals and their families because of its blend of coastal living and easy 41-mile commute to Manhattan. The area caters to a wide variety of homeowners’ lifestyle and design tastes, including stunning waterfront properties, large country estates, contemporary residences and grand Victorian homes.

Darien is home to 19,600 residents and offers a host of recreational activities along its coastline on Long Island Sound. The area boasts of numerous shops, restaurants, beaches, parks and a 64-acre nature preserve. It also has a state-of-the-art YMCA as well as a YWCA, tennis and paddle courts and an indoor ice rink.

Darien has five elementary schools, one middle school and one high school – rated among the highest in the state. Darien also has an award-winning, nationally recognized Public Library that offers a wide variety of programs for all ages. Additionally, Darien also has a summer day camp, art and antique shows, a Senior Center and a movie theater. It is also home to numerous private clubs, which provide additional opportunities for residents to participate in activities such as boating, golf, swimming, horseback riding and tennis.

Travel Times to NYC: Approximately one hour
Population: 20,732 (2010)
Square Miles: 14.8


  • Noroton is roughly in the southwest corner of town.
  • Noroton Heights is roughly north of Interstate 95 to Middlesex Road with an eastern boundary somewhere east of Noroton Avenue.
  • Tokeneke is in the southeastern end of town.
  • Springdale is west of Wee Burn Country Club and south of Woodway Country Club, centered around St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, across the town line from the Springdale section of Stamford.


Public Schools:

Darien Public Schools


Private Schools:



New Canaan




Rowayton/Wilson Point







This independent report ranks New Canaan schools among the highest in the state.

Numerous boutiques are found on Boston Post Road including small “mom-and-pop” shops to high-end retail chain stores. There is something for everyone.

  • www.darienct.gov