Covering an expansive area that stretches more than 30 square miles, Fairfield is located between the cities of Bridgeport and Stamford on the Long Island Coast. The city has managed to preserve its proud colonial heritage and historic districts while it has encouraged modern growth and quality development. Fairfield University is the focal point for many cultural events, and strong support for the arts is evident in the community. Local shopping features a mix of upscale stores and one-of-a-kind shops, although large shopping malls and factory outlets are located nearby in Bridgeport, Trumbull, and Norwalk. The neighboring community of Easton is a beautifully rustic, rural town that offers generous parcels of land. Single-family homes predominate in this residential community, where the state’s major supplier of water owns half of the land. Miles of beaches offer water sports, yachting, boating, fishing, and water skiing. Other activities include camping, hiking, skating, golf, tennis, and sports play. Private clubs also provide leisure enjoyment.