New Canaan is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States, 12 miles northeast of Greenwich, 36 miles west of New Haven and 48 miles northeast of New York City. The population was 19,738 according to the 2010 census. In 2013, New Canaan was ranked the 5th wealthiest town in the nation on CNN Money's list of the top-earning towns in the United States and in 2008 it had the highest median family income in the country.
New Canaan is the only municipality on the Connecticut Panhandle that does not border the coast and such proximity to New York City proved worthy of its own connection to the New Haven Railroad, being the only town to do so. New Canaan station and Talmadge Hill station are both on the New Canaan Branch of the New Haven Line, and transfer is possible in Stamford south to Manhattan. Many New Canaan residents commute to New York regularly, with travel time to Grand Central Terminal approximately 70 minutes.
Considered part of Connecticut's Gold Coast, New Canaan is known for its Connecticut public school system, its wide range of architecture from the Harvard Five modern homes to historic New England colonials and farmhouses, as well as many stately mansions and tended estates, plus a signature town center with premiere shopping, classic boutiques, an elaborate display of lights for the Holidays.
In May of 2016, Grant Ganschow, Declan Rosdahl, and Josh Scott started their cross-country road trip in New Canaan. There, they spent a day in New York City, as well as Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, where Grant jumped off the pier into the freezing Atlantic Ocean.