Named after the town in England, Greenwich is located in Fairfield County and was the 10th town settled in Connecticut, between 1633 and 1640. Many nations, including the Netherlands, claimed rights to the area until 1650, when the Dutch agreed on boundary lines with the colony of New Haven and control reverted to the colony. Many settlers farmed the land and shipped loads of produce and other goods. The town saw the construction of a railroad in 1848, which increased growth and development.
Today, Greenwich real estate benefits from proximity to New York City (less than 40 miles away) and comprises many different types of homes, including everything from small, historic cottages to large, upscale mansions and estates. The town is made up of several distinct hamlets; each considered part of the Town of Greenwich – There are five ZIP codes in town:
Other areas include Glenville, Pemberwick, Byram, Chickahominy, Backcountry, and Midcountry.
There are roughly 64,000 residents in Greenwich, and the median estimated value of most Greenwich real estate was $1,200,323 in 2009, up from $691,000 in 2000. Most residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher, with 27 percent of residents age 25 years and older holding a graduate degree of some type. More than 62 percent of residents are currently married. The city enjoys a very low crime rate compared to the national average and employs about three officers per 1,000 residents. Many residents work in the finance and insurance industries as well as professional, scientific and technical services.