Fairfield was once selected by Money Magazine as the best place to live in the Northeast and the ninth best place to live in the United States.
The character of Fairfield is realized in its diversity, the contrast of the old and the new, a broad range of residential options and suburban charm. Fairfield residents, while welcoming well-known businesses and industries, appreciate and strive to maintain the town’s colonial Connecticut heritage. Reminders of the 18th and 19th century architectural tradition are preserved in historic areas. Universities and schools abound with 16 public schools, several private and parochial schools, and two universities in town. With almost six miles of coastline along Long Island Sound, Fairfield residents enjoy five beaches, marinas, water sports at their leisure and a large choice of restaurants, shops and night life.