Norwalk is a city in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 85,603, making Norwalk sixth in population in Connecticut, and third in Fairfield County. The city is part of the New York metropolitan area. The name "Norwalk," originally spelled "Norwaukee," is of uncertain origin. It may come from an Algonquian word, noyank, meaning "point of land." It may be corrupted from "Naramauke," supposedly the name of a Native American chief. The farming of oysters has long been important to Norwalk, which was once nicknamed "Oyster Town." Each September, Norwalk holds its Oyster Festival.