Stamford is Connecticut’s second largest city, with a population of over 135,000 with an impressive number of corporate headquarters, three Fortune 500 companies and another six Fortune 1000 companies.
The concentration of corporate headquarters is unrivaled in the state and represents an uncommon achievement for a city of its size. Stamford is a city rich in cultural diversity that features a rapidly growing tech startup community, a strong healthcare system, a top-tier school system, an unemployment rate well below the federal and state level, and a residential community with options for all ages and income levels.
Stamford is often called the "Gateway to Connecticut" given its proximity and easy access to New York City with Metro North express trains to Grand Central in 48 minutes. Amtrak Acela Express trains, stopping in Stamford, run to Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, DC, Newark International Airport, and Providence. The Stamford Transportation Center serves over 9 million riders a year; it includes Greyhound, Peter Pan, and CT transit buses as well as taxi and corporate shuttle services. This connectivity has allowed Stamford to break the "commuter city" s...tigma and allows people to commute both to and from Manhattan, New Haven, Greenwich, and Westchester, NY. Stamford is the second busiest Metro North station on any line and on any day of the week, second only to Grand Central Station.
The vibrant nightlife, variety of events, and quality of housing allow Stamford to attract young people who desire a good quality of life. The great schools, unique neighborhoods, and extensive employment opportunities enable Stamford to keep its young residents once they start families and businesses.
For the past several years, Stamford has consistently appeared in Livability's “Top 100 Best Places to Live.” One reason for this is that Stamford is made up of distinct residential neighborhoods that define the City’s character and offer a diverse mix of housing choices. From single family homes on large, wooded lots in North Stamford, to multifamily developments on the West Side, to beautiful apartments overlooking the Long Island Sound in Harbor Point, no matter what neighborhood is right for you, Stamford will provide an abundance of living options and fun things for you and the whole family.