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Trending: Where to look for love

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Valentine’s Day: the ultimate day to declare your love for someone, if you’re into that sort of thing. But for those who don’t have a Valentine pegged down, fear not. We dug into some data to figure out which towns you’re most likely to meet your match. And we think you’ll like what we came […] [Read More]
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Trending: Where we stay, where we don’t

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How long has it been since you’ve packed up and moved? How about your next-door neighbor? If you live in the 06468 ZIP code assigned to Monroe, or Trumbull’s 06611, chances are your answer is several years. But if you’re in Black Rock, with an address ending in 06605, or 06604 in Downtown Bridgeport, it’s […] [Read More]
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Trending: How Long It Takes To Save For a Down Payment

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Saving up for a down payment on a home in Southwestern Connecticut is no easy task. With many banks standing firm on the need for a 20 percent down payment and home prices topping out at well over $1 million, stashing away funds to make an offer on a “typical” home can take residents well […] [Read More]
Northeast Elementary School principal Connie Stevenson works in her office on Friday December 13, 2013 in Stamford, Conn.

Trending: When We Retire

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Connecticut has one of the highest shares of senior citizens in the workforce in the entire nation, with 21.8 percent of state residents over the age of 65 having worked in the last 12 months, according to census figures. And in Stamford, with more than one in four seniors still heading to work, the rates […] [Read More]

New report shows driving decreasing steadily in Southwestern Connecticut, especially among millennials

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A new study published this week by the public-interest organization ConnPIRG finds that people across America’s largest urbanized areas are driving much less than before, and Fairfield County is no different. In the Bridgeport-Stamford Metropolitan Statistical Area – which encompasses the same footprint as Fairfield County – drivers decreased their miles driven by 5.5 percent […] [Read More]
Krista Way with her Yorkshire terrier, Toby, in her Greenwich home, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. Way, who is single, lives in the Chickahominy section of Greenwich in a duplex.

Trending: When We Live On Our Own

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More than 32 million households across America belong to people who live on their own – a larger share of the population than at any other time in American history. And the numbers in the Stamford area sync up with the rest of the nation. Erin McGee, 32, is just one of roughly 13,000 Stamford […] [Read More]
Dale Johnson, left, of New Fairfield and Leon Breece of Danbury, employees of the Danbury highway department fill potholes on Westville Avenue Ext. in Danbury Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011.

Buckle up – it’s a bumpy ride in Fairfield County

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Hit any potholes recently? If you have, you’re not alone. A  report issued last month by TRIP, a national transportation research group, finds that the roads here are some of the bumpiest in the nation. Across America, more than one-quarter of major urban roads “have pavements that are in substandard condition and provide an unacceptably […] [Read More]
Walkers on Lewis Street in Central Greenwich, Conn., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. Photo: Bob Luckey

Trending: Where Walking’s the Way

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With prospective real estate buyers increasingly weighinga neighborhood’s walkability ranking when making decisions, it seems several towns in Southwestern Connecticut have a bit of work to do to make their communities more pedestrian-friendly. Overall, 18 of the 31 towns in our area earned a score of less than 50 on walkscore.com, indicating that the communities […] [Read More]
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Is Divorce Contagious?

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According to a new study, which will be published soon in the journal Social Forces: Yeah, divorce is totally contagious. Study authors examined 30 years worth of data on marriage and remarriage in Framingham, Mass. (a community that’s taken part in a massive longitudinal study, and therefore holds loads and loads of interesting data), and […] [Read More]

Fairfield County one of America’s ‘most productive’ metros

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A new analysis, performed by a team at the Martin Prosperity Institute crunched some numbers this fall to determine which of America’s major metropolitan areas are the “most productive,” and Fairfield County came out near the top. Here’s how our area stacked up against the top 15 in the country: The analysis, headed up by […] [Read More]