DANBURY Danbury's Candlewood Lake. (Courtesy of Western Connecticut State University) Area Information Danbury is a western Connecticut city in Fairfield County. It is located on the New York border, just 60 miles northeast of New York, New York, (a two-hour trip via Metro-North trains). There is Amtrak service in Stamford, 30 miles away. With I-84 right in town, it's a snap to drive the 2.5 hours to Boston, Massachusetts. Danbury has a large immigrant community that includes many Brazilians. The 2010 census found that 32% of residents are foreign-born, and 25% are of Hispanic descent.
Historic downtown Danbury is being revitalized after decades of decline. Summer concerts on the green, a weekly farmers market, and seasonal events are local favorites. Apartments for rent in the Mill Plain neighborhood are in the heart of the city's dining district, which has seen an influx of cool restaurants in recent years. Western Connecticut State University, with over 4,000 full-time students, has two campuses in Danbury, one of which is located downtown.
Danbury's rural setting includes 1,600 acres of parkland. In the Hayestown neighborhood, Candlewood Town Park provides access to beautiful Candlewood Lake, with a swimming beach and playground. Richter Park has a scenic golf course and hosts arts events.
Renting in Danbury puts you close to beautiful countryside. The rolling hills of Litchfield and Dutchess counties are within biking distance. Charming Hudson Valley towns are 30 miles away in New York, and the Berkshires are about 75 miles from the city. Long Island Sound is just 25 miles south.
WCSU's Midtown Campus. (Courtesy of Western Connecticut State University) Renting in Danbury, CT
The rental market in Danbury isn't especially competitive, though prices are warming up. As with any city, when seeking apartments for rent in Danbury, it's important to get to know the different areas and be aware of changing neighborhoods.
Local attractionsTarrywile Park & Mansion ? A beautiful 722-acre expanse with 21 miles of trails.
Danbury Railway Museum ? A popular attraction featuring vintage locomotives and train rides.
Heirloom Arts Theatre ? The city's cultural alternative downtown, known for its indie musical acts.
The Palace Danbury ? A historic theater with movies, concerts and comedy shows.
A Common Ground ? A community arts and cultural center.
WCSU's Visual & Performing Arts Center ? Western Connecticut State University's venue for the performing arts.