Norwalk, CT waterfront

2021 Top 100 Best Places to Live In America Sponsored by: See homes for sale on Movoto by OJO

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Demographics 76
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Housing 50
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#59. Norwalk, CT

Norwalk, CT is an incredibly diverse city with people from all walks of life among its 90,000 residents. Nestled along the water of Long Island Sound, this southern Connecticut city provides quick and easy access to New York City, which is one reason why several big-name companies have chosen to set up shop or maintain their headquarters here. On top of that, residents have a high quality of life, with access to great schools, distinct neighborhoods and robust health care offerings. Rounded out with beaches, parks, historic sites and the Norwalk River, this city is full of beautiful scenery and lots of outdoor recreation options.

Top Colleges/Universities: Norwalk Community College

Top Industries & Employers: Xerox, Pepperidge Farm, Booking Holdings and Dooney & Burke are headquartered here.

Weekend Plans: Play disc golf at Cranbury Park Disc Golf Course.

Favorite Place to Feast: Tablao Wine Bar and Restaurant, a Spanish tapas restaurant with satisfying paella and refreshing sangria, plus live music.

Beloved Beverage: The 1420 BBN from SoNo 1420 American Craft Distillers, which recently won a double gold medal from the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition. It’s a tasty whiskey made with hemp seed – the Norwalk distillery is believed to be the first and only to use hemp in whiskey!

Outdoorsy Activity: Boating, playing sand volleyball, learning to sail, playing bocce or walking up and down the coastline at Calf Pasture Beach and Veteran’s Park and Marina.

Rooftop Bar: Evarito’s Mexican Kitchen & Bar, an Instagrammable spot with refreshing margaritas and a great happy hour. 

Why Your Pet Will Love It, Too: You and your pup can have a little date night at Burger Bar and Bistro, which has a doggie menu featuring dishes like a burger with cheese, hot doggies and chicken breasts. Every dog who visits gets a water bowl and treats!

Remote Work Perk: If you do your best work with a little background noise, check out Norwalk coffee shops like Cafe Aroma and Allora Coffee and Bites.

One More Thing … Norwalk has a long, long history, one that predates our nation’s founding by more than 100 years. Settlers from Massachusetts first arrived in the 1640s and incorporated Norwalk as a town in 1651!

– Sarah Kuta

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