Danbury is a city in northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. It has an estimated population (as of July 1, 2009 ) of 79,743. Danbury is the fourth largest city in Fairfield County and is the seventh largest city in Connecticut.
The city was named for the place of origin of many of the early settlers, Danbury, Essex in England, and has been nicknamed Hat City, because it used to be a center of the hat industry: at one point producing almost 25% of America's hats.
Danbury is located in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, immediately east of the New York State border. Since its founding in 1684, Danbury has managed to preserve many New England traditions while providing for residential and Fortune 500 corporate growth. Greater Danbury residents participate in local organizations and contribute thousands of hours as volunteers. The diverse mixture of cultures and socio-economic levels has produced a cosmopolitan balance in a city where there is a place for everyone. The schools, churches and various organizations make it a good place to live and raise a family with a host of opportunities for entertainment and leisure time activities.
According to the City's 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:
- Boehringer Ingelheim
- Danbury Hospital
- Danbury Public Schools
- Western Connecticut State University
- City of Danbury
- Ethan Allen
The crown jewel of Connecticut lies in northern Fairfield County, right over the New York border. Danbury incorporates the virtues of both an urban center, together with small town charm. Our city is situated at the heart of the Housatonic Valley Region. Danbury is convenient to major interstates that will take you from Maine to Florida for scenic, as well as fun filled times.
The climate is moderate with average temperatures around 70° in the summer and 32° in the winter.
With a population of approximately 70,000 people, we celebrate the diversity of our community. Diversity is our strength, particularly because of the 75 different ethnic groups that call Danbury home. This appealing aspect of our population provides a rich and rewarding educational experience for our community of learners, and adds to the quality of life in our city.
Education for Everyone is our Focus
Danbury Public Schools have achieved a commendable record of balancing their various racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups. Our schools celebrate the diversity and pluralism of our students because they enhance the learning process and are used to facilitate enriched and unique educational experience.