Stratford is a town in Lower Fairfield County, Connecticut, with a population of around 51,500 residents. Stratford is situated on Long Island Sound and bounded to the east by the Housatonic River. The Town’s location on Long Island Sound affords residents and visitors alike with two public bathing beaches, five marinas, several fishing piers, and two public boat-launching facilities.
Major highways such as I-95, Route 8/25, and the Merritt Parkway bisect Stratford provide convenient access to the entire Northeast corridor. New York City is within one hour’s driving distance away. The Sikorsky Memorial Airport, located in Stratford’s Lordship section, provides commuter service to other northeast cities. Metro North’s rail service with connections to Amtrak further round out an excellent array of transportation choices.
Stratford Metro-North station is 59 miles east of Grand Central Terminal. The average travel time into Manhatten is about 90 minutes.
GETTING TO WORK
People in Stratford have an average commute time of 27 minutes one way. Most residents (86.8%) drive alone in a private automobile to get to work. Some (7.9%) carpool, and 2.4% commute to work by bus.
The Stratford Board of Education manages public education in Stratford, which operates 13 schools: two high schools, two middle schools, and nine elementary schools. The district has about 6,800 students and 1,095 staff, including 577 teachers, counselors, and specialists.
There are 21,429 housing units in Stratford, with 15,571 of those being owner-occupied (72.7%). The average home value is $276,938, an increase of 13.5% from a year ago. The average household income is $98,000.
Interesting Fact about Stratford
Stratford is home to the headquarters of Sikorski Aircraft. Since 1957 every helicopter of the United States President (Marine One) is manufactured in Stratford.
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