Bolton, Connecticut

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Bolton, Connecticut

Introduction to Bolton, Connecticut

Bolton, Connecticut, in Tolland county, is 4 miles E of Manchester, Connecticut (center to center) and 81 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town, which is in the Hartford area, has 5,017 residents.

Bolton History

The town of Bolton, which is one of the oldest towns in Connecticut, remained part of Hartford until 1720, when it was officially incorporated. The early settlers came from Bolton, Lancashire in England. It is believed that the town was named after the town in England or after the Duke of Bolton. It was originally a hunting ground for the Podunk Indians. The first white settlers arrived in the 1600s.

Bolton and Nearby Attractions

  • Old Manchester Museum
  • Gay City State Park
  • Buttolph-Williams House
  • Indian Notch Park
  • Powder Ridge

Things To Do In Bolton

Bolton offers a variety of recreational opportunities including several parks: Herrick Park, Freja Park, and Indian Notch Park. There are also several museums nearby including Lutz Children's Museum, Old Manchester Museum and Vernon Historical Society Museum. Nearby historical sites are the Buttolph-Williams House, Dinosaur State Park, and the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, which was the home of the author of "Uncle Tom’s Cabin".

Bolton Transportation

Bradley International Airport is nearby.

Bolton Higher Education

Colleges close to Bolton include Albertus Magnus College, American International College, Anna Maria College.

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High Points

Bolton strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Connecticut):

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College Educated Adults
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Top 19% Bolton College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Bolton, Connecticut

Comparing Bolton 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
Age of the Population 9 8
Male Share of the Population 7 6
Female Share of the Population 4 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 5
Senior Citizens 4 4
Racial Diversity 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 8
Average Household Size 7 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 3

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Bolton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles E of Manchester, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 81 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Tolland
Metro Area Hartford
Standard Zip Codes 06043
Phone Area Codes 860
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.768
Longitude -72.433

Bolton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 4.8 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 35 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 57 to 81 F
Oct Temp 35 to 62 F
Annual Precip 50.3 inches
Station STORRS
Distance 9.7 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 34 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 61 to 80 F
Oct Temp 41 to 61 F
Annual Precip 51.6 inches
Distance 13 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 35 F
Apr Temp 34 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 51.5 inches
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Bolton Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,017 100%
Male 2,446 48.8%
Female 2,571 51.2%
Under 18 1,304 26%
18+ 3,713 74%
65+ 578 11.5%
Median Age 40.5
Average Family Size 3.06
White 4,903 97.7%
African-American 33 0.7%
Asian 24 0.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 3 0.1%
Other 15 0.3%
Mixed Race 37 0.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 83 1.7%

Estimated Bolton Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 5,170
Growth 153
Growth % 3%

Bolton 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 21%
Irish 15.4%
English 11.1%
Polish 7.2%
German 6.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 5.5%
French (except Basque) 5.5%
US/American 5.2%
French Canadian 3.8%
Swedish 2.1%
Portuguese 2%
Scottish 1.8%
European 1.4%
Greek 1.3%
Scotch-Irish 1.3%
Ukrainian 1%
Norwegian 0.8%
Danish 0.7%
Canadian 0.7%
Austrian 0.7%
Latvian 0.6%
Dutch 0.6%
Lithuanian 0.6%
Egyptian 0.5%
Welsh 0.4%
Russian 0.3%
Hungarian 0.3%
Belgian 0.3%
Eastern European 0.2%
Pennsylvania German 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 0.2%
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Bolton Public Libraries

Bentley Memorial Library
Bolton, Connecticut
(860) 646-7349

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Student/teacher ratio: 11.5

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