Beacon Falls, Connecticut

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Beacon Falls, Connecticut

Introduction to Beacon Falls, Connecticut

Located in New Haven county, Beacon Falls, Connecticut, is 8 miles S of Waterbury, Connecticut (center to center) and 68 miles NE of New York, New York. There are an estimated 5,246 people living in the town.

Beacon Falls History

Among the early settlers of the region were residents from nearby Derby who came to this area in 1678. The town was incorporated into the state in 1871 by merging territory from the neighborhood towns of Bethany, Seymour, Oxford, and Naugatuck. It was named after Beacon Hill, which was used as a lookout by colonists to signal any terrorist activities of hostile Indians. Beacon Falls has one railroad station named the Metro North, which runs on the New Haven line's Waterbury branch. Thomas Sanford, who made the first friction matches in 1834, was a resident of this area.

Beacon Falls and nearby Attractions

  • American Clock & Watch Museum
  • Quassy Amusement Park
  • Beacon Falls Public Library
  • Eli Whitney Gun Factory
  • Mount Southington

Things To Do In Beacon Falls

Beacon Falls offers many recreational opportunities. The town has many parks such as Quassy Amusement Park and South Ford Falls State Park. The museums in the town include the Mattatuck Museum and Railroad Museum of New England. The town has a number of historic sites as well. These include the Eli Whitney Gun Factory, Harriet Beecher Stowe House, and Harrison House.

Beacon Falls Transportation

The closest airport to the city is the Tweed-New Haven Airport.

Beacon Falls Higher Education

Albertus Magnus College, Quinnipiac University, and Central Connecticut State University are close to the town of Beacon Falls.

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Comparative Profile of Beacon Falls, Connecticut

Comparing Beacon Falls to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Connecticut (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 9 9
Age of the Population 6 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 5 7
Racial Diversity 3 5
Senior Citizens 2 2
Female Share of the Population 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 5
Average Household Size 6 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 7 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 1

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Beacon Falls Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles S of Waterbury, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 68 miles NE of New York, New York
County New Haven
Standard Zip Codes 06403
Phone Area Codes 203
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.442
Longitude -73.063

Beacon Falls Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 9 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 35 F
Apr Temp 37 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 52.7 inches
Distance 19.4 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 36 F
Apr Temp 39 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 43 to 62 F
Annual Precip 52.3 inches
Distance 25.6 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 35 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 52.2 inches
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Beacon Falls Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,246 100%
Male 2,631 50.2%
Female 2,615 49.8%
Under 18 1,324 25.2%
18+ 3,922 74.8%
65+ 506 9.6%
Median Age 36.7
Average Family Size 3.08
White 5,087 97%
African-American 38 0.7%
Asian 54 1%
American Indian & Alaskan 4 0.1%
Other 21 0.4%
Mixed Race 40 0.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 112 2.1%

Estimated Beacon Falls Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 5,596
Growth 350
Growth % 6.7%

Beacon Falls Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Italian 22.6%
Irish 15%
Polish 13.3%
German 8%
English 6.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 5.6%
US/American 4.3%
French (except Basque) 4.1%
Portuguese 3.6%
Russian 2.1%
Hungarian 1.8%
French Canadian 1.6%
Scottish 1.5%
Dutch 1.4%
Lithuanian 1.3%
Albanian 1%
Ukrainian 1%
Czechoslovakian 1%
Greek 0.8%
Danish 0.7%
Slovak 0.5%
Turkish 0.4%
Scotch-Irish 0.3%
Slavic 0.3%
Swedish 0.3%
Finnish 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Iranian 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
British 0.2%
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Beacon Falls Public Libraries

Beacon Falls Public Library
Beacon Falls, Connecticut
(860) 729-1441

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Beacon Falls High Schools (2004)

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 710 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12

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