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Old 01-21-2013, 08:45 PM
 
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I know... But I could drive down to 95
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:30 PM
 
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Realistic for what time? Keep in mind sometimes you feel trapped because you get onto the parkway or interstate and its crawling and you try to find other routes only to find out it was a waste of time.

Greenwich to New Canaan takes 25-60 minutes in evening. So figure Rye to New Canaan in the evening is 40-70 minutes.

NC to Rye in the morning should take anywhere from 30-45 minutes. If there's an accident add 15-30 minutes and thats being conservative at times.
These times seem a bit exaggerated. I have yet to encounter a car commute into Manhattan (midtown east) from Wilton that exceeded 70 minutes. 75 on the return. Rye is about the halfway mark, so you can half my times. I'd recommend NC (or Wilton) over a Darien commute as 95 is a horror. I avoid that road like the plague unless I'm east of New Haven. It takes a serious accident to slow the Merritt south after exit 36 (New Canaan). Most days, even after 8am, the parkway South of Exit 36 is moving 40mph+. The evening before 6pm can crawl going North from exits 29-36 but general, but 45 minutes is a reasonable estimate (rye to NC).

Good luck.

FWIW, Darien, New Canaan and Wilton are all fantastic bedroom communities. I agree (and acted accordingly) with the other posters here that the price premium is IMO unjustified in Darien/NC. Wilton will add 7-10 minutes to your commute and the school district slightly outperforms at 50-65% of cost. Something to think about.
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:45 PM
 
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Thank you
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:13 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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I've driven to Manhattan from Westport taking the Merritt in opposite traffic (southbound in PM rush hour) many many times and it's taken me more than 70 minutes before. I can't fathom a 70 minutes drive from Wilton at rush hour unless you're leaving before 7AM?
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:44 AM
 
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Most of us work traditional hours, so my departure is between 6:45 and 7:30. I also don't jump on the Merritt before exit 36. If there is an accident or serious issue I take 684. My ca is always parked in 75 minutes or less at a garage around lex and 50th. Granted I only drive in 8 times a month (train on the other business days).
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Merritt. 95 doesn't run through NC.
A piece of the Merrit "does" run through New Canaan around Exit 37.
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Old 01-22-2013, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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A piece of the Merrit "does" run through New Canaan around Exit 37.
The OP had said that I-95 does not run through New Canaan, not the Merritt. The Merritt actually runs for a couple of miles along the entire southern border of New Canaan. The Merritt does not run through Darien at all. Still it is very close to the north end of it. Jay
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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I hate to derail the thread further, but C/D's stats say Ridgefield has 1193 people per square mile, while New Canaan has a density of 904 people per square mile. Either way, they're both quite low for CT.
I thought that sounded off, so I looked it up. When you search "Ridgefield, CT" on C-D, it only gives you stats for the downtown area and along 33 toward Branchville, which is the most built up area in the town. If you search by zip code 06877, it gives you the correct stats for the entire town. Ridgefield's pop density is 707 and NC 904. This is also pretty similar to the stats given on Wiki (difference of about 200).

http://www.city-data.com/city/Ridgef...nnecticut.html

http://www.city-data.com/zips/06877.html
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:32 PM
 
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No, New Canaan is FAR more competitive than Ridgefield. I know firsthand how pressure cooker NC is. Some like that, some don't.
I get my conclusion from US NEWs AP data of both schools.

New Canaan High School in NEW CANAAN, CT | Test Scores | US News

Ridgefield High School in RIDGEFIELD, CT | Test Scores | US News

Ridgefield beats New Canaan is almost every metric -> participation rate 61% > 48%, passing rate 93% > 89%, exams per test taker 3.5 > 3.
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:43 PM
 
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What about SAT scores?
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