New Fairfield is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 13,953 at the 2000 census. The town is considered part of the greater New York Metropolitan Area as it lies approximately 50 miles from New York City. New Fairfield is one of five towns that surround Candlewood Lake, once a summer resort destination, now mostly populated with many year-round homes in New Fairfield. Although, the lake at its more northern boundary of Sherman and New Milford still contains a large number of summer communities filled with residents from NYC and Western New England. The town has one high school, New Fairfield High School, one middle school for grades 6 through 8, New Fairfield Middle School, one elementary school for grades 3 to 5, Meeting House Hill School, and a primary school for Kindergarten through grade 2, Consolidated Schooland a preschool/day care center,Bright Beginnings.