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.


Total Population 4,963
Male Share of the Population 50.7%
Female Share of the Population 49.3%
Senior Citizens 15.1%
Employed Population 16+ 2,876
Age of the Population 47


% of people married 62.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 47.8%
Median Earnings25+ $56,766
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $41,667
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,036


Median Family Income $110,250
% Above Poverty Level 96.6%
% Below Poverty Level 3.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 23.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,140
Median House Value $289,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.3%
US/American 0%
English 18.4%
Irish 23.5%

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

Bolton Public Libraries

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

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