Danbury, CT

The Home of WCSU

About Danbury

History, Cultural Diversity & Outdoor Adventure

After the hat industry headed out in the 1950s, Danbury was simply known as a great place to live, listed on USA Today’s Best Cities and one of the safest places in Connecticut—well below the state crime average and far below the national crime level. Danbury appeared at number 28 on Safewise.com’s 2022 list of the 50 safest college towns in America.

60 miles from New York City (hop on a HART bus to the Metro-North line to Grand Central Station), Danbury is the 10th most diverse city in the USA. Small and thriving, Danbury is proud of its excellent schools, wide range of fun and welcoming ethnic festivals, concerts, food trucks, farmers market, cafés, cultural centers, YMCA arts program, makerspaces, churches and more – and its responsive, innovative and invested town government.

Take a stroll downtown and experience Danbury as a tourist. You’ll discover many historical sights – and fabulous family restaurants and specialty markets, an expansive library, art galleries, cute boutiques and amazing thrifting. Or catch the bus to the Danbury Fair, a traditional American mall with familiar and affordable shops and restaurants. A quick drive gets you to Target, Costco, Lowes and other superstores.

Danbury has 20 parks ranging in size from one acre to more than 700 acres. Some, like Terrywile Park, have horse trails and historic buildings, while others, including Bear Mountain Reservation and WCSU’s own Nature Preserve, are more like hiking the wilderness. Candlewood Town Park even has a little beach for sunning, swimming and kayaking. In the winter, there’s nearby skiing and snowshoeing.

Danbury Western Connecticut State University Campus Map

Click here for a list of fun things to do in the area.

Danbury might be the next “it” city

Sometimes compared to close-knit urban communities such as Astoria Queens, Danbury might be the next “it” city—safe, affordable and growing with an urban sensibility in a more rural environment.

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