Located just 50 miles northeast of New York City, Danbury is a small town of less than 100,000—but it’s anything but a sleepy suburb.
In 2015, Danbury was ranked on USA Today as the second-best city to live in the country, citing its high attainment of bachelor’s degrees, abundant access to nature parks and 57 marinas per 100,000 area residents. The city is also a prosperous one, with an average household income of $68,068.
Even though Danbury is a small town, there’s plenty of industry to work in, which is why it ranks #8 overall in our Prosperity category and #11 on our subcategory of Fortune 500 companies, making it an attractive spot to start a career. Praxair Inc., the industrial gas supplier whose revenue was $11.4 billion in 2017, calls Danbury, Connecticut home.
Brimming with New England charm, Danbury has plenty of things to do to keep both visitors and locals alike busy. Stroll around at Tarrywile Park & Mansion, which features more than 20 miles of hiking trails and is home to the Hearthstone Castle. You could also spend an afternoon photographing and walking the historic Main Street, which has beautiful architecture from the late 18th century.
It’s almost hard to believe that such a small town in Connecticut can be home to such a diverse population, which is why Danbury ranks at #3 overall in our People category and #5 in our subcategory of foreign-born list. About 30% of Danbury’s population were born outside the U.S. and about 20,000 people in the town speak Spanish, making it an unexpectedly charming, cultural melting pot.