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Overview

Introduction to Branford, Connecticut

Branford, Connecticut, in New Haven county, is 6 miles E of New Haven, Connecticut and 71 miles NE of New York, New York. The town is conveniently located inside the New Haven - Meriden metropolitan area. There are an estimated 28,683 people in Branford.

Branford History

The Mattabesech Indians were the first inhabitants of this area. The first European settlers in New Haven bought land from the Native Americans in 1638. This area, which later became known as Branford, was known as 'Totoket' at that time. A trading post was set up here by the Dutch in the 1600s. The community is said to have been named after the town of Brentford, England. The town of Branford was established in 1644. The salt produced here was used to preserve meat for the Revolutionary army and Branford became a popular resort area in the mid-19th century. Yale University was founded in the town of Branford.

Branford and nearby Attractions

  • Harrison House
  • Connecticut Trolley Museum
  • Saltonstall Lake
  • Twin Lakes Golf Course
  • Connecticut State Boat Launching Area
  • Hotchkiss Grove Beach

Things To Do In Branford

The town of Branford offers visitors the chance to indulge in a variety of recreational activities. One can visit the historic sites and museums like the Harrison House and the Connecticut Trolley Museum. The Connecticut State Boat Launching Area and the Twin Lakes Golf Course are very popular tourist spots. The town’s Hotchkiss Grove Beach, Short Beach and Hotchkiss Cove Beach are ideal for those who enjoy the spending a day in the sand. In addition, the Branford Festival is hosted in the town every June.

Branford Transportation

New Haven Airport provides air transportation to Branford.

Branford Higher Education

Branford Hall Career Institute, the Connecticut School of Electronics and Shoreline School of Art and Music are the local institutes offering courses in higher studies.

People

Total Population 28,074
Male Share of the Population 46.7%
Female Share of the Population 53.3%
Senior Citizens 21.3%
Employed Population 16+ 14,719
Age of the Population 48

Families

% of people married 48.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 42.3%
Median Earnings25+ $50,298
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,375
Median Earnings With High School Degree $37,188

Wealth

Median Family Income $94,747
% Above Poverty Level 93.5%
% Below Poverty Level 6.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 3.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 35.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,192
Median House Value $296,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.7%
US/American 0.1%
English 11.4%
Irish 25.6%

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

Branford Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles E of New Haven, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 71 miles NE of New York, New York
County New Haven
Standard Zip Codes 06405
Phone Area Codes 203
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.279
Longitude -72.815

Branford 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 9.4 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 GREENPORT POWER HOUSE
Distance 26.5 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 55 F
Jul Temp 66 to 80 F
Oct Temp 48 to 63 F
Annual Precip 45.9 inches

Branford Public Libraries

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James Blackstone Memorial Library
758 MAIN ST.
Branford, Connecticut
(203) 488-1441
Library Web Site
Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library
146 THIMBLE ISLANDS ROAD
Branford, Connecticut
(203) 488-8702
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185 EAST MAIN ST.
203-488-7291
Serves 1,173 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.7

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1111 MAIN STREET
203-315-7800
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