Stafford Springs is a charming New England mill town of some 12,000 residents, surrounded by eight rural villages. Outdoor activities abound, with many tennis courts, baseball and soccer fields, and swim clubs. Stafford Motor Speedway is a popular destination that draws thousands of spectators every year. Staffordville Lake and nearby Crystal Lake are also popular family-friendly attractions. Reasonably priced homes are in close proximity to three elementary schools, one middle school and a high school, as well as Saint Edward School, a parochial K-8 school. Area attractions include a Rusty Wallace Racing Experience and 15 state and local parks that offer canoeing, horseback riding, hiking, cross-country skiing and even kiteboarding.