Darien is a laid back, luxurious beach town with impressive waterfront properties.

Welcome to Darien

Intimate and charming beach town on Connecticut’s stunning Gold Coast
Darien is a classic New England beach town with soft sandy shores, cozy shops, delicious seafood, and the salty taste of the ocean. It almost feels like a vacation spot. With quaint, walkable downtown, Darien has a selection of eclectic shops and restaurants that are easy accesible from your home. The local train station can whisk you away to New York City in under an hour. Darien is the best of beach living in New England, all while being a short trip away from the excitement and entertainment in New York City. 
Darien has lovely oceanfront homes with large lots and plenty of space for the entire family. Families find Darien especially attractive due to the incredible schools. With highly rated options for students of all ages, Darien is a great place to raise a family.

What to Love

  • Golden, sandy beaches along the coast of Long Island Sound
  • Lots of different community parks and clubs
  • Amazing schools for students of all ages
  • A variety of stunning Darien houses for sale to choose from

Local Lifestyle - Living in Darien

Darien is a laid back, luxurious beach town with impressive waterfront properties. It has a quieter feel than neighboring towns along the Gold Coast of Connecticut and is perfect for anyone looking for a private, delightful place to live in a relaxing area.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Darien has everything you need in terms of dining and shopping, including many high-end options. Darien Sports Shop is a classic, local department store featuring a wide range of luxury brands.. As an icon in Darien, Darien Sports Shop was established in 1946 and offers many amenities, including personalized shopping, gift wrapping, alternations, and delivery options.
After an afternoon of exploring the shops, it will be time for an elegant meal. Ten Twenty Post has you covered with French-American options in a upscale and lively bistro setting. Their menu favors seafood fresh from the ocean with a vibrant bar menu as well.
L’Ostal also offers French fare, focusing on food from the south of France in Provence. The restaurant prides itself on an atmosphere focused on family and tradition. Award-winning Chef Jared Sippel celebrates the cultures of Southern France and neighboring regions with sublime pairings of wine and food.
Scena offers a taste of Italy, with a impressive wine collection displayed in a glass and steel case and a wood-burning pizza oven. Fresh ingredients and a wide offering of cocktails combined with excellent service make Scena a perfect option for your Friday night plans.

Things to Do in Darien

Darien has lots of events and activities to bring the community together. Chamber Jam is Darien’s food and music festival featuring unbelievable talent, filling the weekend with live music and amazing food from local food trucks.
Darien Sidewalk Sale brings together local shops and restaurants to set up outside and enjoy the summer weather in downtown Darien. With shopping sales as well as fun events for the whole family, the Darien Sidewalk Sale is a summer staple.
When the weather turns cold, residents can enjoy different holiday celebrations. The Darien Festival of Wreaths kicks off the local holiday shopping season with a display of handmade wreaths by local artists and businesses. 

Schools in Darien

Darien is served by Darien Public Schools, an excellent-rated district, as well as private options.


Overview for Darien, CT

21,485 people live in Darien, where the median age is 40 and the average individual income is $137,440. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

40 years

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Around Darien, CT

There's plenty to do around Darien, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Somewhat Bikeable
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Strigo Coffee, Jackie's Empanadas On the Go, and Herb's Place.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 3.66 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.26 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $ 4.54 miles 14 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.6 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.59 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 3.67 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Darien, CT

Darien has 6,978 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Darien do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 21,485 people call Darien home. The population density is 2,284.22 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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49.63 / 50.37%

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Schools in Darien, CT

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The following schools are within or nearby Darien. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Tokeneke Elementary School
PreK - 5th
Ox Ridge Elementary School
PreK - 5th
9th - 12th
Hindley Elementary School
K - 5th
Holmes Elementary School
K - 5th
Pear Tree Point School
K - 5th
No rating available
6th - 8th
Royle Elementary School
PreK - 5th
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