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By Joshua Wood

Summary: With the fastest commute to New York City in Connecticut, this extremely affluent city boasts and busy downtown, marinas, beaches and good schools.

One of Connecticut's most affluent cities, Greenwich is on the Long Island Sound and situated just North of Westchester County, NY. Probably one of the most important factors about its location, though, is its proximity to New York City. A large percentage of full-time professional residents commute to Manhattan, which is less than an hour away by train.

At more than 50 square miles, Greenwich is a large city. It is divided into 12 districts and has 229 elected representatives that decide important issues by what is referred to as a "Representative Town Meeting."

What you will quickly notice is a diversity of atmosphere in Greenwich: as you drive along the roads of Greenwich you'll see a well-developed small city bordering large tracts of greenery, and the beach fronts wander into picturesque suburban landscapes.

The center of business in the city is Greenwich Avenue, which offers many of the same stores found on 5th Avenue in Manhattan. While enjoying the fine restaurants and businesses found there, you might notice that some of your fellow consumers seem to take themselves far too seriously. In short, some of them need to lose their scowl and test drive a smile. If you can ignore this attitude - and I don't mean to suggest everyone in town is nasty - there is much fun to be had while strolling down Greenwich Avenue.

There are so many recreational activities available that one could easily waste the entire day just deciding what to choose. Sure, go ahead, say all you want about the "resident only" restrictions, but try and find a community that provides more to the people who live there. There is a public golf course, four marinas and several beaches - some of which are islands accessed by ferry - just to name a few of the amenities enjoyed by Greenwich residents.

There are also a wide array of cultural opportunities in Greenwich, including outdoor classical and jazz concerts in the summer. One of the biggest sources of cultural pride for many residents, however, is the Bruce Museum. Over the past 90 years the museum has developed a collection of thousands of objects, with "holdings in fine and decorative arts, natural science and anthropology."

Odds and Ends: Park Pass costs $22 for Adults and another $22 for a tennis pass. Child Park pass is $5 and can be used for tennis, too. Greens fees for adults at Griffith E. Harris Golf Course is $19 on weekends and $17 on weekdays after paying a $100 annual membership fee.

Commuting Time: 27-55 Minutes to Grand Central Station
Miles to Manhattan: 30.9
Population: 61,101
Median Household Income: 99k
% Population that Works: 62%

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and 5 Best Places to Live in Spain. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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First Published: Jun 26, 2003

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