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Brookfield, Connecticut

  •   State: 
    Fairfield County
      County FIPS: 
    41°28′07″N 73°23′31″W
      Area total: 
    20.4 sq mi (52.8 km²)
      Area land: 
    19.8 sq mi (51.3 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.6 sq mi (1.6 km²)
    459 ft (140 m)
    1788; Incorporated 1788
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
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    Brookfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    806.5 residents per square mile of area (311.4/km²)
      Household income: 
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Brookfield is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, situated within the southern foothills of the Berkshire Mountains. The town is located 55 miles (89 km) northeast of New York City, making it part of the New York metropolitan area. In July 2013, Money magazine ranked Brookfield the 26th-best place to live in the United States. The.475 Wildey Magnum gun, later made famous in the 1985 Charles Bronson movie Death Wish 3, was developed by Wildey J. Moore in Brookfield in the early 1970s. Brookfield was home to the headquarters of Lego USA in the 1970s and 1980s. As of 2022, 88.3% of residents in the workforce hold white-collar jobs, and about 10 work remotely full-time. It is located between the largest lakes in Connecticut, Candlewood (the largest in Connecticut) and Bridgewater (the second largest in the state) The town's population was 17,528 at the 2020 census, and is expected to rise to 18,000 by the end of the decade. It was named for Rev. Thomas Brooks, the first minister of the parish's Congregational church, who was ordained in 1757. In the 18th century the community was called "Newbury", a name that came from the three towns from which its land was takenNew Milford, Newtown, and Danbury. The Iron Works Aqueduct Company, formed in 1837 to supply water from mountain springs to the Iron Works District, still supplies water as the Brookfield Water Company.


Brookfield is the primary city name, but also Brookfld Ctr are acceptable city names or spellings, Brookfield Center on the other hand no longer accepted or obsolete and are no longer used as a designation. The official name is Brookfield, Connecticut. In the 18th century the community was called "Newbury", a name that came from the three towns from which its land was taken. In 1752 the General Assembly granted the community the right to worship in area homes from September through March. In the early 1970s, the town was home to the headquarters of Lego USA. The.475 Wildey Magnum gun, later made famous in the 1985 Charles Bronson movie Death Wish 3, was developed by Wildey J. Moore in Brookfield. As of 2022, 88.3% of residents in the workforce hold white-collar jobs, and about 10% work remotely full-time. The top professions of residents today are in the fields of professional, scientific, and technical services, health care, and finance and insurance. Brookfield was a thriving town with iron furnaces, grist mills, sawmills, comb shops, carding and cotton mills, a paper mill, a knife factory, hat factories, stage-coach shops, lime kilns, harness shops and other plants in operation. The Iron Works Aqueduct Company, formed in 1837 to supply water from mountain springs to the Iron Works District, still supplies water as the Brookfield Water Company. The town had two train stations: one in the Iron works District near the present Brookfield Market and a second, Junction Station, near the corner of Junction Road and Stony Hill Road. The Danbury & Bethel Gas and Electric Company brought electricity to Brookfield in 1915.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 20.4 square miles (53 km²) It is located between the two largest lakes in Connecticut. The Still River also runs directly through the town, flowing directionally from south to north. It borders Bethel to the south, Newtown to the southeast, Danbury to the southwest, New Fairfield to the west, New Milford to the northwest, and Bridgewater to the northeast. It has a humid continental climate, similar to that of New York City, with mild to warm humid summers and cold to very cold winters. The highest recorded temperature was 103 °F (39 °C) in July 1966, while the lowest recorded Temperature was 15 °F in 1968. Snowfall is generally frequent in winter while average precipitation is most common in September. The town's largest neighborhoods include: Brookfield Town Center, Barkwood Falls, Brookfield Junction, Long Meadow Hill, Prospect Hill, and West Iron Works. It also has a number of minor neighborhoods and geographic locations in the town are: Candlewood Lake Club, Candlewood Orchards, East Iron Works, Pocono Ridge, and Vallewood Shores. It is also a potential site for a future railway station, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 15, 1991. It was once known as "Four Corners" due to the location of the original town center and a historic district, which is now called Brookfield Center.


Companies in Brookfield include: Branson Ultrasonics, a division of Emerson, Branson Chocolate, and Lego USA. Townsquare Media has a corporate office inBrookfield. Trendhaven Investment Management, an investment firm, is headquartered in Brookfied. The city is home to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, which has a campus in the heart of the city. The town is also home to a number of universities, including Wisconsin State University and Wisconsin-Whitewater. It is also the home of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is based in the city's downtown area. It also has its headquarters in the nearby town of Waukeshie, Wisconsin, where it was founded in 1883. It was later renamed Brookfield in 1894. It has been the site of the town's annual World Series football game since 1892. The game is now held at the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater, which also has a stadium in the town. The World Series is held every year at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, and it also holds the World Series at the U S Cleveland Cavalier Campus in Ohio. The games are held in the same building as the World Series, which opened in 1891. The first World Series game was held in 1892, and the second was held the following year, in 1894. The third World Series took place in 1895, in which the World Cup was also held.


The 2020 US Census counted a total population of 17,528. The total number of households in Brookfield was recorded at 6,209 with an average of 2.73 persons per household. About 28.5% of Brookfield residents were younger than age 18 as of 2020; higher than the U.S. average of 24%. As of the census of 2000, there were 15,664 people, 5,572 households, and 4,368 families residing in the town. The population density was 791.1 inhabitants per square mile (305.4/km²). There were 5,781 housing units at an average density of 292.0 per squaremile (112.7/ km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.29% White, 0.76% Black or African American, 0.,07% Native American, 2.48% Asian, 0,61% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. Latinos of any race made up 5.2% ofBrookfield's population. The median income for a household in theTown was $119,370, and the median income. for a family was $136,682. The per capita income for the town is $58,715. About 2.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.4% of those under age 18 and 2. 3% ofThose age 65 or over. The town's population was spread out, with 27.4%. under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 29.2%. from 25 to 44, 27.8%. from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. For every 100 females, there are 92.0 males.

Government and politics

Brookfield has a 100-member, nonpartisan Representative Town Meeting. The town has several elective offices as well: the town clerk, probate judge, registrar of voters, tax collector and treasurer. At the state level, Brookfield is in the 107th Assembly District, currently represented by State Rep. Stephen Harding (R) and the 20th Senate District. For the 2020 Presidential Election, Joe Biden (D) received the majority of votes cast by Brookfield residents. As of 2022, the mill rate in Brookfield has been set at 25.88 per square foot.


In 2021, construction began on the new Candlewood Lake Elementary School. The $78.1 million school will be located on the grounds of the existing Huckleberry Hill School. Many residents of Brookfield attend private schools in the Greater Danbury area. Henry Abbott Technical High School is a public technical high school for students grades 912. The Western Connecticut Academy of International Studies is a magnet school in Danbury, Connecticut, that students (Grades K5) from Brookfield are accepted into. The Brookfield Craft Center is a specialized, non-degree school which teaches the skills of craftsmanship and offers courses and workshops to the general public. It is largely housed in an old historic mill house, on the Still River. The school is scheduled to open in Fall 2023, in time for the 202324 school year. It will be the first of its kind in the United States, and will open on the same site as the original HuckleBerry Hill School, which was built in 1883. It has a capacity of 1,500 students, with the capacity to hold up to 2,000 more. It was built on the site of the former Curtis School for Boys, an all-boys boarding school that was open from 1883 to 1943. Starting in the 1920s, girls were allowed to enroll as day-students. (The school has since become the Brookfield Theatre for the Arts.) The school has also been known to accept students from other regional communities, such as Bethel, Redding, Ridgefield, New Fairfield and Newtown.

Downtown redevelopment project

Brookfield Village will create a downtown district consisting of sidewalks, a pocket park, street lamps, and parallel parking. Dozens of retail storefronts and residential apartment buildings (more than 150 units) are also being developed in this area. In conjunction with other retail developments on Federal Road and with the completion of Phase I of the newly revitalized district, many new restaurants, stores and boutiques have recently opened in the Town Center District. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year and will help revitalize the downtown area of Brookfield. It is the first major redevelopment project of its kind in Fairfield County, Connecticut. It will also be the first to create a walkable downtown area in the state of Connecticut. The area will also have more than 150 new residential units, which will help promote further development in the area. The development will also create a new center of economic activity for the town. The town has been in decline since the 1980s, when it lost much of its retail activity to Danbury and other nearby towns. It has been the focus of a number of high-profile economic development projects in recent years, including the development of the Fairfield Center Mall and the creation of the New Haven Mall. The new development will be completed in 2018 and will be known as Brookfield Village, or Brookfield Town Center. The Town Center will be a focal point for retail development in Brookfield, as well as the surrounding towns of Danbury, Fairfield, and Stamford.

Community and points of interest

Brookfield is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut. It is home to the Brookfield Arts Commission, a non-profit organization that promotes the arts in the community. The Brookfield Public Library was established in 1951 and is 9,600 square feet. The library is part of Bibliomation, a state-wide library consortium utilizing Evergreen in Connecticut which allows all involved libraries to share their resources, vastly increasing their collection sizes. A referendum was held in February 2018 over whether or not to begin construction on a 36,000 square foot library at a cost of 14.7 million dollars, although the motion did not pass. The Library Committee is now revising the plan, with hopes to bring a revised plan to referendum. Brookfield is also the location of the Town Park, which is Brookfield's flagship park, consisting of a large baseball diamond, soccer fields, and a large outdoor pavilion. The town also has a winery, a fabric school, a museum and a park with hiking trails. The largest lake in Connecticut, Candlewood spans five towns and forms the western border of Brookfield. The second largest lake, Lake Lillinonah, spans six towns and was formed by the construction of the Shepaug Dam in 1955. The city has a number of parks, including Arthur A Harris Linear Park, a trail connecting the property to the Still River Greenway, and Birerve Preserve, which consists of 2.5 miles of wooded hiking trails through 175 acres.


Brookfield was selected as the best small town in Connecticut by Money magazine in 2013. In 2015, Connecticut Magazine rated Brookfield as one of the best among towns in Connecticut with median home values over $325,000. In 2017, MarketWatch ranked the Greater Danbury area as the 10th most expensive place to raise a family in the United States. The rating considers education, crime, economy, community engagement, and culture/leisure. In 2013, ranked Brookfield the 26th best town to live in nationwide. Brookfield Public Schools are frequently ranked as one the best school districts in Connecticut. The town is also frequently rated as one. of the safest towns in the state, due to its extremely low crime rates. The city is located in Fairfield County, a suburb of New York City. It is located on the Connecticut Turnpike, which connects to New York and Long Island. It has a population of about 2.5 million people. The area is located near the New York-Massachusetts border, and is known for its high-end shopping and nightlife. It also has a high-quality public school system, which is frequently ranked among the best in the country. In 2012, the town was ranked as the 25th best place to live. to raise children in the U.S. by It was also ranked as a top town to raise your family in 2013 by Time magazine. In 2014, Time magazine ranked the town as the 24th best city to raise kids in.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Brookfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut = 7.8. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 32. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 30. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Brookfield = 3.4 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 12,625 individuals with a median age of 41.6 age the population grows by 5.48% in Brookfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 806.5 residents per square mile of area (311.4/km²). There are average 2.77 people per household in the 5,950 households with an average household income of $101,060 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 7.50% of the available work force and has dropped -2.72% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 27.06%. The number of physicians in Brookfield per 100,000 population = 301.6.


The annual rainfall in Brookfield = 49.2 inches and the annual snowfall = 42.2 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 123. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 206. 84 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 18.3 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 45, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Brookfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut which are owned by the occupant = 84.65%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 35 years with median home cost = $318,580 and home appreciation of -9.07%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $13.56 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $7,008 per student. There are 15.6 students for each teacher in the school, 433 students for each Librarian and 379 students for each Counselor. 7.49% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 25.87% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 18.05% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Brookfield's population in Fairfield County, Connecticut of 1,046 residents in 1900 has increased 12,07-fold to 12,625 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 51.06% female residents and 48.94% male residents live in Brookfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut.

    As of 2020 in Brookfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut are married and the remaining 33.67% are single population.

  • 32.6 minutes is the average time that residents in Brookfield require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    85.54% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 8.74% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 1.66% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 4.37% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Brookfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, 84.65% are owner-occupied homes, another 10.55% are rented apartments, and the remaining 4.80% are vacant.

  • The 67.16% of the population in Brookfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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