Connecticut is the gateway to the New England region of the United States. Situated on the northeastern Atlantic coast, the New England region consists of Connecticut (known as the Constitution State), Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. These states are often referred to as one region because of the vast commonalities between them, particularly being home to the first English settlers. In addition, the small-town feel of these New England states creates a picturesque, story-book atmosphere for which the antique shops, country inns, covered bridges, green farms, steepled churches and stone fences, not to mention the general friendliness of the residents, are largely to thank.
While Connecticut shares some of New England's characteristics, some residents of the state may associate themselves more with New Yorkers. Northern Connecticut has more New England-type characteristics than the southern half of this tiny state. The southern half is often associated and linked with New York because of the influx of New Yorkers now living in the area, and due to the proximity of New York City and the relative ease of commuting there for work.
Connecticut is bordered by Massachusetts to the north, New York State to the west, New York City to the south and Rhode Island to the east. New England developers transformed acres of the state's pastures and vegetable fields into neighbourhoods and communities to fulfil the housing needs of the profusion of people moving away from the cities. This influx of people turned Connecticut into today's most densely populated and most urbanized state in the nation. Its location, amidst the main transportation routes of the East, has made Connecticut a fundamental component of the United States that is truly indispensable to the business world.
Stamford is located in the southwestern part of the state, with only one town between it and the New York state border. While Stamford is a business hub itself, many residents of the town commute to New York City either by car or via Metro North commuter railway.
The per capita income in Connecticut is amongst the highest in the nation, and Connecticut also has one of the nation's highest average costs of living. Thus, Connecticut is one of the wealthiest states in the nation, but uneven distribution tends to identify itself in some struggling cities with prosperous suburban communities. Southwestern Connecticut is perhaps the most desirable area on which to live. A mere 50 miles outside of New York City, many executives choose to live in Southwestern Connecticut's bedroom communities, choosing privacy over manic Manhattan, even though this area of Connecticut is known for its expensive housing and high cost of living. However, similar to the rest of the United States, foreign nationals able to choose any neighbourhood or community they desire can be scattered throughout the country and throughout the state of Connecticut.
Many foreign nationals choose to live in one of the following mainstays of Connecticut: Danbury, New Haven, Norwalk or Stamford. These areas are known for their blossoming corporate business communities, and with still more investment going on, these areas are seeing a terrific flood of out-of-towners moving in, sometimes to the chagrin of their native residents. The locals in these areas may not be overly friendly initially, but be patient. Connecticut is overflowing with generous and kind people who will, once asked, certainly be of great assistance to you.
Information for new residents can be found on the City of Stamford website.
Making the transition to life in Connecticut can be achieved without too many difficulties. To minimize adjustment anxieties, a firm grasp on the English language is absolutely necessary. Almost every aspect of life in Connecticut is conducted in English, and unfortunately most Americans do not speak other languages. However, foreign nationals, will feel comfortable in Connecticut as it remains aware and accepting of multiethnic perspectives, cultures and traditions.