Stamford is Connecticut’s third largest city with a population of over 129,000, which is expected to become the second largest city in the state by 2018. Stamford has an impressive number of corporate headquarters, four of which are 2017 Fortune 500 companies, and 9 are Fortune 1000. The dense number of corporate headquarters is unrivaled in the state, an incredibly uncommon achievement for a city of its size. Stamford is a city rich in cultural diversity that features a rapidly growing tech startup community, a strong healthcare system, top-tier schools, an unemployment rate well below the federal and state level, and residential options for all ages and income levels.
Stamford is often called the "Gateway to Connecticut" given it's proximity to New York City with Metro North express trains to Grand Central in 48 minutes. Amtrak Acela Express trains run to Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, Newark International Airport, and Providence. The Stamford Transportation Center also features Greyhound, Peter Pan, and CT transit buses as well as taxi and corporate shuttle services. This connectivity has allowed Stamford to break the "commuter city" stigma and allows people to commute both to and from Manhattan, New Haven, Greenwich, and Westchester NY. Stamford is the second busiest Metro North Station on any line and on any day of the week, only after Grand Central Terminal.
The vibrant nightlife, events, and quality housing allows Stamford to attract young people who desire a higher quality of life. The great schools, unique neighborhoods, and extensive employment opportunities enable Stamford to keep them once they start families and businesses.