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Overview

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.

People

Total Population 6,069
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 13.6%
Employed Population 16+ 3,394
Age of the Population 43

Families

% of people married 50.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 30.9%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $107,500
% Above Poverty Level 95.9%
% Below Poverty Level 4.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.6%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 35.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,205
Median House Value $233,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.2%
US/American 0%
English 8.7%
Irish 24.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station MOUNT CARMEL
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
Station MIDDLETOWN 4 W (MERIDEN)
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
Station BURLINGTON
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

Beacon Falls Public Libraries

Library
Beacon Falls Public Library
10 MAPLE AVE.
Beacon Falls, Connecticut
(860) 729-1441

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Beacon Falls High Schools

WOODLAND REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL
135 BACK RIMMON RD.
203-881-5551
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 710 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12

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