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Living a College Town Lifestyle in Danbury, Connecticut

Western Connecticut State University, fondly known as WestConn, makes its home here in Danbury. Danbury is a small city in western Connecticut of about 80,000. It was formerly called the Hat City because it was a center of hat manufacturing.  There is a very large mall in town now on a former industrial site; once a year a carnival sets up in some of the parking lots. This part of northwestern Connecticut near large lakes and the Hudson River is very beautiful.

Where to Retire in Danbury and Home Prices

There are active adult communities in the area (see link at left).  Zillow reports the median home value in late 2021 to be $375,133.

What Is Special about Danbury

Danbury is in a beautiful area of CT.  The city's Main Street Historical District has been revitalized (photo above courtesy of Wikipedia and Daniel Case). It has one of the finest public golf courses in the nation, Richter Park.  Crime is low. Easy access to NYC. Candlewood Lake and Candlewood Park are just some of the many parks in the city.

What Is Not Special about Danbury

Danbury is home to the Danbury Federal Correctional Institute, now a women's prison.

Climate and Physical Environment

Danbury is on CT's western border in the southern portion of the state. December average temp is in the high 20s and the July average is about 70.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There ia a good library in town and several museums such as the Danbury Railway Museum, as well as Western Conn. State Univ.


The crime rate is half the national average.

Medical Facilities

Danbury Hospital serves the community.


There is a municipal airport. Danbury is the terminus of the Danbury line of the MTA railroad. I84 and Rte 7 are the major roads that cross here.

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