Fairfield County, Connecticut

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Fairfield County is a county located in the southwestern corner of the U.S. state of Connecticut. Its population according to the 2000 census was 882,567, but a 2008 survey put the population at 895,030.[1] It is the most populous county in the State of Connecticut, and contains four of the State's largest cities. When combined, Bridgeport (1st), Stamford (4th), Norwalk (6th) and Danbury (7th) contain about 420,000 people; almost half the population of the county.

It is one of the highest-income counties in the United States, which helps to make Connecticut one of the richest states in the United States. The towns in the southwestern part of the county are generally considered to be exceptionally wealthy. This area is known as the Gold Coast[2], and runs approximately from Greenwich to Fairfield, although is sometimes meant to include all of the coastal towns to Stratford.[3] Fairfield was ranked 6th in per-capita personal income by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.[4] In addition to its wealthy communities, Fairfield County is also home to lower-middle and working class-cities such as Bridgeport, Danbury and Norwalk. Other communities are more densely populated and economically diverse than the affluent areas for which the county is better known.

As is the case with all eight of Connecticut's counties, there is no county government and no county seat. As an area it is only a geographical point of reference. In Connecticut the cities and towns are responsible for all local governmental activities including fire and rescue, schools, and snow removal; in a few cases, neighboring towns will share certain resources.

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