With a population that has held steady at approximately 50,000 since the 1970's, Stratford is bordered to the east by the Housatonic River and on the south by Long Island Sound.
The town has three public beaches and five marinas. The Great Meadows Salt Marsh, one of the largest unditched salt marshes remaining in New England, is part of the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge and is known as one of the finest birdwatching locations in the state, providing a stopover for migrating shore-birds and waterfowl as well as a nesting area for many other species.
The diversity of Stratford's natural resources is as rich as its cultural heritage, ranging from the 250-acre, town-owned Roosevelt Forest to the Great Meadows Salt Marsh, one of the largest unditched salt marshes remaining in New England and now a portion of the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge
Camping, hiking, and picnic grounds are offered in 250 acre Roosevelt Forest while nostalgic Boothe Memorial Park provides a window into Stratford’s past. The Town has areas that pre-date zoning and blend industrial and commercial properties with residential properties for all incomes, resulting in appealing mixed neighborhoods such as Paradise Green. It is well known as the home of Sikorsky helicopters.
Stratford also contains the region’s only airport, Sikorsky Memorial Airport, which is owned and managed by the City of Bridgeport. At present it serves only general aviation, primarily corporate aircraft. Stratford’s population has been relatively stable at about 50,000 people since 1970.