Brookfield is a town located in northern Fairfield County, Connecticut state. At the 2010 census, its population was estimated to be 16,452. The town was established in 1788, and it was named after the first minister of the parish's Congregational church, Reverend Thomas Brooks. The principal communities of the town are Brookfield Four Corners (town center) and Brookfield Center (original town center, now a historic district). From the 1980's, Brookfield has been radically transformed from a colonial New England town to a major shopping and consumer goods destination. The area surrounding Candlewood Lake has also seen increased residential growth and volume of summer traffic.