Winter weather is far more variable than summer weather along the Connecticut coast, ranging from sunny days with higher temperatures to cold and blustery conditions with occasional snow.
Like much of the Connecticut coast and nearby Long Island, NY, some of the winter precipitation is rain or a mix and rain and wet snow in Stamford. Hurricane landfalls have occurred along the Connecticut coast in , , , Carol , Donna , Hurricane Gloria in , and Hurricane Sandy in Stamford lies in USDA garden zone 7a. Stamford averages about 90 days annually with freeze. Coastal Connecticut is the broad transition zone where so-called "subtropical indicator" plants and other broadleaf evergreens can successfully be cultivated.
At the American Community Survey 's estimates, the city had a population of , The racial makeup of the city was The median age was There were 54, housing units at the estimates and 50, households. The average household size was 2. About 9. In , its population was , At the U.
Census Bureau 's mid-year estimates, it grew to , The American Community Survey determined there were 46, households. The census determined Stamford had a population of , The proportion of the population under the age of 18 was The median age of Composition of the population based on sex was According to Sperling's BestPlaces , According to FBI statistics in , Stamford is the 16th safest of the cities in the nation and well ahead of any in Connecticut with a population greater than , that report crime statistics to the FBI.
Lower crime rates in Stamford are attributed to the city's robust economic growth in recent decades.
Stamford's cluster of corporate headquarters includes a number of Fortune , Fortune , and Forbes Global companies. The Harbor Point development, located in the South End , is one of the largest private-sector development projects in the United States. Stamford's public library , the Ferguson Library , is one of the largest in Connecticut.
The library also shows movies and has a used book store run by Friends of Ferguson Library. The library has branches in South End, Springdale, and the Turn of River sections of the city, it also has a bookmobile that runs daily to different neighborhoods. The Turn of River branch, officially called the Harry Bennett Branch, is the largest library branch in the state. That branch also has a used book store run by Friends of Ferguson Library. Stamford is predominantly Democratic but not nearly as heavily Democratic as Connecticut's more urban cities like neighboring Bridgeport and New Haven.
In , Democrat Barack Obama received Democrat David Martin is the incumbent Mayor of Stamford. Notable Republicans from the city include former U. Senator who was also Al Gore 's vice presidential nominee in the presidential election ; William F. Buckley, Jr. The University of Connecticut's campus is located in a large modern building downtown which opened in after extensive renovations to an abandoned former Bloomingdale's store that had closed in As no study has been conducted to assess the cost of education in Stamford, it is difficult to tell whether or not Stamford has a well-funded public education system.
Although providing a public education is a state responsibility, Connecticut ranks near the bottom in state share of public education expenditures. Thus, the majority of education funding must come from local governments like that of Stamford. According to the State Department of Education, in the —05 academic year, Research has shown that these populations need additional resources to meet state academic standards.
Owing to the state school finance system, the burden of these extra necessary costs of education falls primarily on Stamford's local government. The public school system is an integrated district with racial balance requirements exceeding those of the state of Connecticut. Over the years, schools have become unbalanced.
Stamford has one of the most highly educated populations in the U. Budgeting and districting of the various fire departments throughout the city had been unstable since , due to an extended legal conflict between the volunteer departments and the Malloy administration. The police force has about sworn police officers making it the fifth largest police force in Connecticut after Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport, and Waterbury. Aside from Police Headquarters, located at Bedford St. Main St. The current Chief of Police is Tim Shaw since April 9, who was a police officer in Stamford before leaving to  Easton, Connecticut and coming back to Stamford to become police chief.
Stamford is second the busiest station on the Metro-North system, after only Grand Central Terminal , and serves as a major transfer point for local trains.
Two smaller train stations in Stamford are Glenbrook and Springdale , both a part of the New Canaan branch. The average non-stop commute is forty-seven minutes. Stamford also serves as a station along the Amtrak route. Acela , the high speed train service between Boston and Washington, makes several daily stops in Stamford. Amtrak tickets can be purchased on the upper level of the Stamford station.
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Stamford is within reasonable distance of nine airports: two general aviation, two regional, five international. City bus transportation is provided by CT Transit , which is run and financed by the Connecticut Department of Transportation.
The main terminal is adjacent to the train station on State Street, under the I highway. A non-stop direct route is also offered to White Plains, New York. Commuters can connect in Norwalk to points as far east as Milford and as far north as Danbury. Greyhound provides inter-city bus service from the lower level of the Stamford train station. Two limited-access highways run through the city.
Interstate 95 serves as the main route through downtown Stamford with four exits 6—9. The Merritt Parkway runs through the northern part of the city. This road is designated for passenger vehicles only. Any congestion on the Merritt Parkway is mostly likely to occur on the southbound lane in the morning and the northbound in the evening route to and from New York.
At night, due to the absence of lighting, visibility on the Merritt Parkway is relatively poor. Stamford exits on the Merritt Parkway are 33—35, and exit 36 is just over the border in New Canaan. Stamford is also served by four other state highways.
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