Branford, Connecticut

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Branford, Connecticut

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.

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High Points

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

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Low Violent Crime
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Top 18% Branford Low Violent Crime

Comparative Profile of Branford, Connecticut

Comparing Branford 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 10 9
Female Share of the Population 9 10
Senior Citizens 9 9
Racial Diversity 2 7
Male Share of the Population 2 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 5 2
Average Household Size 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 8 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 9 3
Low Property Crime 8 3

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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

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
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
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 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
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Branford Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 28,683 100%
Male 13,496 47.1%
Female 15,187 52.9%
Under 18 5,928 20.7%
18+ 22,755 79.3%
65+ 4,843 16.9%
Median Age 41.4
Average Family Size 2.9
White 26,976 94%
African-American 386 1.3%
Asian 781 2.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 28 0.1%
Other 151 0.5%
Mixed Race 343 1.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 737 2.6%

Estimated Branford Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 29,089
Growth 406
Growth % 1.4%

Branford 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 31%
Irish 15.2%
English 8.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.9%
German 7.3%
Polish 5.9%
US/American 3.3%
French (except Basque) 2.5%
Swedish 2.1%
French Canadian 1.7%
Scottish 1.7%
Russian 1.5%
Scotch-Irish 1.2%
Lithuanian 1.1%
Ukrainian 0.8%
Hungarian 0.8%
Greek 0.7%
Portuguese 0.5%
Dutch 0.5%
Canadian 0.5%
European 0.5%
British 0.5%
Lebanese 0.4%
Eastern European 0.3%
Finnish 0.3%
Danish 0.3%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
Albanian 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
Northern European 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Norwegian 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
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Branford Public Libraries

James Blackstone Memorial Library
758 MAIN ST.
Branford, Connecticut
(203) 488-1441
Library Web Site
Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library
Branford, Connecticut
(203) 488-8702
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Starbucks in Branford

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6 North Main Street

Wal-mart in Branford

(As of 2006)
120 Commercial Parkway
(203) 488-4106
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Student/teacher ratio: 12.7

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