Located in the northwest corner of Connecticut, Region One is composed of the towns of Canaan, Cornwall, Kent, North Canaan, Salisbury, and Sharon. Approximately 13,000 people live in the region's 275 square miles, and it has comparatively little industry. Citizens of the towns that make up the region pursue a wide variety of occupations including farming, financial, legal, and academic pursuits. Service occupations dominate the economy of the area. Health care facilities include a hospital and several nursing establishments. Only small town shopping facilities are within the area, with large centers within reasonable driving distance.
The region contains seven independent schools: six for grades K-8 (four of which carry a Pre-K program) and one for grades 9-12. There are several daycare and nursery school centers. 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 region all or part of the time. As a result of computer technology that 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 region. While the setting is rural, there exists among the residents a considerable degree of sophistication, a high interest in education, and an outstanding awareness of the importance of the arts and humanities.