The historic New England town of Ridgefield combines an enviable rural setting for family living and outdoor enjoyment with an ideal location for travel by auto or rail to major business and commercial centers. Ridgefield is home to more than 8,800 households and 25,000 of the most affluent and best-educated people. Weekend visitors come from neighboring towns and as far away as New York City to stroll our historic Main Street, shop in our stores and dine in our many restaurants.
Lounsbury House, Ridgefield’s Community Center, is the jewel of Ridgefield’s Main Street. It is the site of lavish weddings every weekend and major community and business events throughout the year. Just down Main Street from Lounsbury House is the Aldrich, a nationally recognized, world-class museum of contemporary art. With frequent reviews of Aldrich exhibits in the New York Times, art lovers from across the region keep the trip to Ridgefield at the top of their To Do list. Ridgefield boasts its own Playhouse, with a local movie theater as well as a remarkable year-round schedule of star-studded live performances.
Residences in town present a wide selection of styles and sizes, including spacious single-family homes, renovated colonials, and elegant modern architecture. Charming condominium communities blend tastefully into the landscape. Waterfront properties dot the shores of the many lakes in town. The historic downtown village with stately mansions and unique shops adds to Ridgefield’s character.
As of 2010 – 2014, there were 25,025 people, 8,801 households, and 6,611 families residing in the town. The population density was 686.7 people per square mile (265.1/km²). There were 9,320 housing units at an average density of 257.8 per square mile (99.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.12% White, 0.62% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 2.08% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.36% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.97% of the population.
There were 8,433 households out of which 43.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.6% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.6% were non-families. 18.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.21.
In the town the population was spread out with 30.6% under the age of 18, 3.2% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 27.5% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.4 males.
As of the census of 2000, there are 7,212 people, 2,933 households, and 1,994 families residing in the CDP. The population density is 1,125.2 people per square mile (434.4/km2). There are 3,078 housing units at an average density of 480.2 per square mile (185.4/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP is 95.52% White, 0.54% Black or African American, 0.11% Native American, 2.44% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.51% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races, while 2.26% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 2,933 households out of which 34.4% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.7% are married couples living together, 8.1% have a female householder with no husband present, and 32.0% are non-families. Of all households 28.5% are made up of individuals and 12.3% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.46 and the average family size is 3.05.
In the CDP the population is spread out with 26.9% under the age of 18, 3.3% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 27.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.4% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 41 years. For every 100 females there are 89.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 85.5 males.