Weston, Connecticut

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Weston is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut. The population was 10,037 at the 2000 census. The town is serviced by Route 57 and Route 53, both of which run through the town center. About 19% of the town's workforce commutes to New York City, about 45 miles (70 km) to the south west.[2]

Like many towns in Southwestern Connecticut, Weston is among the most affluent communities in the United States. Data collected in 2008 showed that Weston had the highest median household income in Fairfield County, Connecticut, at US$185,377.[3] Weston's ZIP code (06883) was identified in 2005 as the sixth most affluent area in the U.S.[4]

Aside from a handful of stores that form the town’s center, Weston has little commercial development. Residential development is limited by two-acre zoning.[5] Most of Devil's Den Preserve, a 1,746-acre (707 ha) nature reserve, which gets 40,000 visits a year, is located in the town.

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History

In the early 18th century, Weston's first English settlers were mostly farmers living to the southeast of the Town of Fairfield, Connecticut, the boundaries of which extended to Weston until the late 18th century. In 1787, the North Fairfield parish was created in the area now occupied by the towns of Weston and Easton, Connecticut. In 1845, North Fairfield was split into two towns, creating Westfield.[6]

A meteor exploded above the town December 14, 1807.[7] Six pieces, totaling 28 pounds (13 kg), were recovered and examined by scientists, who issued a report. This was the first time that people realized the nature of meteors.[8][9]

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