Salisbury, with a population of approximately 4,049, is located in the northwestern corner of Connecticut, and is divided into the neighborhoods of Lakeville, Salisbury, Lime Rock, Taconic, and Amesville. Service occupations dominate the economy of the town. Citizens also pursue a variety of occupations including health care and financial, artistic, and academic pursuits. While there is comparatively little industry, there are many small businesses. The area offers small town shopping facilities, with larger centers within driving distance.
The town has five independent, private schools: two for grades 9-12; one for grades 5-9; one for pre-Kindergarten through 4th grade and a nursery school. There is an after school program that is housed in the public school, and there is also a daycare center in town. Thus, education is a substantial part of the local economy. Due to the area's attractive terrain and rural character, there are many second-home owners and retired or semi-retired people who live in the town all or part of the time. Because of today's computer technology, which allows for work to be done in residence, there is a trend among many of the second-home owners to relocate their primary residence to the town. While the setting is rural, there exists among many residents a considerable degree of sophistication, a high interest in education, and an outstanding awareness of the importance of the arts and humanities.
The Salisbury Central School District, comprised of two school buildings, is part of the six-town Region One School District. Salisbury has a student population of 303 students (9/07) in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The staff of 62 adults includes 46 certified individuals. A teacher in a self-contained classroom teaches each child in pre-kindergarten through 5th grade class. In grades 6 - 8 teachers are responsible for the individual subjects of language arts, science, mathematics, social studies, and Spanish. Specialists teach other subjects such as art, computer, library, music, and physical education. After completing grade 8, most students attend Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village. The Salisbury Central School District, though administered as part of Region One School District, functions as an independent entity with its own Board of Education. At the same time, it operates in cooperation with the six other districts (North Canaan, Canaan, Cornwall, Kent, Sharon, and Housatonic Valley Regional High School) with shared services, curriculum development, professional development, and technological support.