Founded: February 26, 1640
Incorporated: September 11, 1651
Location: Norwalk is located in Mid-Fairfield County on Long Island Sound, and is approximately 40 miles Northeast of New York City.
Climate: The average temperature in January is 33.8 degrees Fahrenheit, and in July, 76.7 degrees Fahrenheit. Annual rainfall averages about 43 inches.
Government: The city is governed by a Mayor and a Common Council which are elected by twelve voting districts.
Worship: More than one hundred churches and synagogues in the Greater Norwalk area represent a wide variety of religious denominations.
Libraries: Norwalk has two public libraries: Norwalk Public Library (Main Branch) and the South Norwalk Library, as well as the East Norwalk Library, and Rowayton Library.
Education: Norwalk features twelve elementary schools, one parochial elementary school, four middle schools, Columbus Magnet School, Marvin School and Tracey School (“accelerated schools”), two high schools, an alternative high school (Briggs), Gibbs College and Norwalk Community College.
Health facility: Norwalk is home to Norwalk Hospital, the region’s primary healthcare facility.
Media Services: Media services offered in Norwalk include two daily newspapers, one weekly newspaper, as well as numerous radio and television broadcasts from New Haven to New York City — this includes three radio stations and one cable local news station based in Norwalk.
Post Offices: Norwalk, South Norwalk, and Rowayton.
Transportation: Automobile via I-95, Merritt Parkway (Rt.15), and US Routes 1 & 7; rail via Metro-North Commuter Railroad (stations in East Norwalk, South Norwalk, Rowayton, and Merritt 7 Corporate Park); “Wheels” local bus service, two interstate bus services, and various limousine services.
Industry: One of Norwalk’s great strengths is the diversity of business that resides in the city. In addition to numerous corporate offices, Norwalk is also home to a multitude of service and financial sector companies, manufacturers, technology-orientated businesses, as well as a variety of retailers and wholesalers.
Recreation: The city of Norwalk offers both municipal and private beaches, an 18-hole golf course, various parks and playing fields, courts for basketball, tennis, and paddleball. Norwalk also has numerous hiking, biking, and cross country trails, as well as numerous fitness centers.