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 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. Its also has a state-of-the-art YMCA, 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. Darein 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 and horseback riding.

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This independent report by ranks Darien schools among the highest in the state. With its beautiful beaches, direct train line to NYC and top school system, it's a tough town to beat.