Ridgefield is a beautiful, colonial town of approximately 24,300 people. The town was founded in 1708 when about 30 families from Long Island Sound settlements bought these uplands from the Ramapoo Indians. The town is famed for its handsome Main Street and is lined with stately homes, museums, churches, and shops. Connecticut Magazine regularly ranks Ridgefield highest in quality of life, based on its schools, low crime rate, and scope of services. Its school systemis considered one of the finest in the state. Even its dining is world-class; the town has been famous for its excellent restaurants, from world-class country inns to modern bistros.