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Danbury Connecticut

County: Fairfield
Population: 79,463
Area: 44 square miles
Government: Mayor / City Council
Distance to Major Cities:
Hartford: 46 miles
Boston: 142 miles
New York City: 56 miles

Nestled in northern Fairfield County and at the foot of the Berkshire Mountains, Danbury lies next to the New York State border and is often referred to as the “Gateway to New England.”  The hub of the Housatonic Valley Region and its close proximity to metropolitan centers, natural surroundings, many lakes and ponds, excellent school system, cultural opportunities, health care facilities, low crime rate, quality of life, and real estate values make this a wonderful place to call home.  Danbury is one of the five area towns which border beautiful Candlewood Lake.  The town has a public beach and public boat launch on the lake.  Danbury is also home to Western Connecticut State University established in 1903.  It has enriched the community.  The public is invited to most events on campus and many of the events are offered free of charge.  The University is also a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate.  The University is known for its academic excellence and its esteemed faculty.


Danbury began when eight families came from Norwalk and Stamford areas in 1685.  They came to settle in Danbury which the Indians called “Pahquioque” meaning open plain or cleared land.  The settlers called the area “Swampfield.”  The general court, though, decreed the name changed to “Danbury” in October of 1687.

Danbury was known as the Hat City of the world and it is said the first hat made in the U.S. was made in Danbury.  Danbury shops led the country in fur hat production and were exporting 20,000 hats annually.  All the hats were made in small shops.  In 1849 a machine was introduced, which could form fur hats bodies nearly eliminating all small shops which gave way to larger factories increasing production levels to over 5,000,000.


Danbury is rich in history and while it has become a modern thriving city, it takes great pride in remembering the past.  The Danbury Fair was the state’s largest fair running form 1869 and ending October 12, 1981.  In the late 1950’s, the stock car races at the Race Arena attracted 10,000 race fans weekly and lasted until 1981.  The Danbury Fair Mall was constructed on the grounds that once held the Great Danbury Fair.  The mall opened in the mid 1980’s.


The Charles Ives Center for the Arts Inc.  is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1974 to honor the memory of Danbury native Charles Edward Ives, who is one of America’s greatest composers.  The center produces the highest quality music and other arts-related programming at Ives Concert Park, a unique amphitheater situated on a beautiful are of state-owned land which includes 40 wooded acres, a pond, breathtaking gardens and public hiking.

Danbury’s long tradition as a cultural and education center makes it a desirable place to live and raise a family.  It continues to attract new residents with the quality of life it

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