Fairfield, Connecticut

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Money magazine has recently ranked Fairfield as the 9th best community in the nation and the #1 community in the northeast for overall livability and quality of life. This award is based on factors such as beauty of the community, quality of schools, public safety, financial standing, and the level of vitality and volunteerism. Population: As of 2011, Fairfield’s population was approximately 57,800.

Climate: Fairfield has a four-season climate, with 46 inches of rain per year and 36 inches of snowfall.

Cost of living: Retirement on a budget will be difficult in Fairfield. Compared to the rest of the country, Fairfield’s cost of living is 72.20% higher than the U.S. average.

Housing costs: Retirement homes are expensive here as well, where the median home cost in Fairfield is $534,900.

Colleges and Universities: Retirees will find many educational opportunities at the Lifelong Learners program of Sacred Heart University’s Fairfield Senior Center.

Transportation:Seven airports are located within a 1.5 hour drive of Fairfield, including JFK and La Guardia, so retirees will find plenty of options for domestic and international travel. Amtrak’s high-speed ACELA trains offer connections to Boston, New York and Washington D.C.

Travel and tourism: Fairfield’s eight miles of shoreline and 1000 acres of open space set aside for public use provide many things to do in retirement. There are four public beaches, a marina, boat basins, sailboat storage and mooring and docking facilities. Fairfield’s town parks offer activities such as fishing, camping, hiking, swimming, boating, picnicking, skating and cross-country skiing. Retirees will enjoy the chance to play one of its six golf courses.

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