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Stamford is made up of approximately 45 distinct neighborhoods, including two historic districts. It is considered the safest city in New England and the 11th safest city in the United States.

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Stamford Town Center boasts 130 shops and restaurants and there are 118 unique street-level stores in each of the neighborhoods. There are more than 85 restaurants, four major hotels and 18 movie screens. It has three parks, some with beaches, marina, tennis courts, softball fields, horseshow pits, playgrounds, skating rink, picnic areas, fishing, and more. Science and nature lovers can enjoy the Stamford Museum & Nature Center and Bartlett Arboretum. Classical concerts and recitals are presented by the Stamford Symphony and the Connecticut Ballet is the state's professional ballet company. The Palace Theatre is home to world-renowned performers, major off-Broadway musicals, the Stamford Symphony Orchestra and the Connecticut Grand Opera. The Avon Theatre is an "art cinema" featuring the best in independent and art nouveau films on two screens.Stamford is a HEARTSafe Community. Stamford Hospital is expanding to include a Health and Wellness District. Located on the main branch of the New Haven Line an the Metro-North Railroad. Communter trains come into Stamford from all points between New London, CT to the east of New York (Grand Central Terminal) to the south. Stamford is home to branches of UConn, Sacred Heart University and University of Bridgeport. Whether it's a tour of the world-class sculpture exhibit, music in Columbus Park, Arts & Crafts on Bedford Street or a giant balloon parade that marches through downtown; Stamford hosts events to please the entire family.

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Facts about Stamford

Town/City established:

  • Incorporated in 1893.

Named from:

  • Named after a town in Lincolnshire, England.

County:

  • Fairfield.

Notable citizens (past and present):

  • Gutzon Borglum, sculptor of Mount Rushmore.
  • Gene Wilder, actor and comedian.
  • Joe Lieberman, United States Senator.
  • William F. Buckley, Jr., founder of National Review.
  • Benny Goodman, big band leader.
  • Jackie Robinson, baseball legend.
  • Bobby Valentine, baseball manager.
  • Gilda Radner, comedian and wife of Gene Wilder.
  • Cyndi Lauper, singer.

Top Five Attractions:

  • Stamford Museum & Nature Center.
  • Cove Island Park & Stamford Harbor.
  • Avon Theatre.
  • Bartlett Arboretum.
  • Stamford Center for the Arts.

Annual Visitor’s Events:

  • Stamford Restaurant Week, February & August.
  • Art in Public Places, June.
  • Alive@Five, outdoor summer concerts, June-August.
  • Farmer's Market, June-November.
  • Jazz Up July.
  • Arts & Crafts on Bedford, September.
  • Giant Balloon Inflation Party, November.
  • UBS Parade Spectacular, November.
  • Heights & Lights, December.
  • Rappelling Satna & Holiday Tree Lighting, December.

Quality of the town/city:

  • Stamford Town Center boasts 130 shops and restaurants and there are 118 unique street-level stores in each of the neighborhoods. There are more than 85 restaurants, four major hotels and 18 movie screens. It has three parks, some with beaches, marina, tennis courts, softball fields, horseshow pits, playgrounds, skating rink, picnic areas, fishing, and more. Science and nature lovers can enjoy the Stamford Museum & Nature Center and Bartlett Arboretum. Classical concerts and recitals are presented by the Stamford Symphony and the Connecticut Ballet is the state's professional ballet company. The Palace Theatre is home to world-renowned performers, major off-Broadway musicals, the Stamford Symphony Orchestra and the Connecticut Grand Opera. The Avon Theatre is an "art cinema" featuring the best in independent and art nouveau films on two screens.Stamford is a HEARTSafe Community. Stamford Hospital is expanding to include a Health and Wellness District. Located on the main branch of the New Haven Line an the Metro-North Railroad. Communter trains come into Stamford from all points between New London, CT to the east of New York (Grand Central Terminal) to the south. Stamford is home to branches of UConn, Sacred Heart University and University of Bridgeport. Whether it's a tour of the world-class sculpture exhibit, music in Columbus Park, Arts & Crafts on Bedford Street or a giant balloon parade that marches through downtown; Stamford hosts events to please the entire family.

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