Brooklyn, Connecticut

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Brooklyn, Connecticut

Introduction to Brooklyn, Connecticut

Brooklyn, Connecticut, in Windham county, is 26 miles W of Cranston, Rhode Island and 60 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town's population is 7,173.

Brooklyn History

The town of Brooklyn was once a part of the land owned by the Mohegan chief, Uncas. Europeans settled the area in the late 1600s, while the first local settlers arrived in 1703. Brooklyn was incorporated as a town in 1786, and became the county seat of Windham County in 1819. Brooklyn hosts the oldest continuously operating agricultural fair in America, known as the Brooklyn Fair. Revolutionary War General Israel Putnam was a resident of this town.

Brooklyn and nearby Attractions

  • Brooklyn Historical Society Museum
  • New England Center for Contemporary Art
  • Nathan Hale Homestead
  • Hopeville Pond State Park
  • Douglas State Forest
  • Mystic Aquarium

Things To Do In Brooklyn

Devil's Hopyard State Park, Haddam Meadows State Park, Beavertail State Park and Mashamoquet Brook State Park offer various recreational actitivities. The Slater Memorial Museum, Mansfield Historical Society Museum and the Tomaquag Museum provide insight into the area's history. Local churches include the Our Lady of LaSallette Church, Sacred Heart Church and the Trinity Episcopal Church. The Mystic Aquarium, Roger Williams Park Zoo and the Essex Steam Train are all accessible from Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Transportation

Worcester Regional is nearby.

Brooklyn Higher Education

Local colleges and universities include the University of Connecticut, Eastern Connecticut State University and Bryant College.

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Comparative Profile of Brooklyn, Connecticut

Comparing Brooklyn 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
Male Share of the Population 10 10
Age of the Population 6 3
Racial Diversity 5 8
Senior Citizens 4 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 2
Female Share of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 7 5
Average Household Size 7 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 5 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 6

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Brooklyn Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 26 miles W of Cranston, Rhode Island (center to center)
Nearest Large City 60 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Windham
Standard Zip Codes 06234
Phone Area Codes 860
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.788
Longitude -71.95

Brooklyn Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 11.5 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 35 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 51.2 inches
Distance 12 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 35 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 61 F
Annual Precip 53.1 inches
Distance 12.3 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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Brooklyn Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 7,173 100%
Male 3,709 51.7%
Female 3,464 48.3%
Under 18 1,699 23.7%
18+ 5,474 76.3%
65+ 922 12.9%
Median Age 37.6
Average Family Size 2.99
White 6,686 93.2%
African-American 263 3.7%
Asian 37 0.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 46 0.6%
Other 60 0.8%
Mixed Race 80 1.1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 186 2.6%

Estimated Brooklyn Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 7,711
Growth 538
Growth % 7.5%

Brooklyn 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
French (except Basque) 19.4%
English 11.7%
French Canadian 10.7%
Irish 10.2%
Italian 8.6%
German 8.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.9%
Polish 4.7%
US/American 4.1%
Finnish 2.1%
Swedish 1.8%
Dutch 1.5%
Greek 1.4%
Portuguese 0.8%
Canadian 0.7%
Scotch-Irish 0.7%
Russian 0.7%
Ukrainian 0.6%
Hungarian 0.6%
European 0.6%
Scottish 0.5%
African 0.4%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Estonian 0.3%
British 0.2%
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Brooklyn Public Libraries

Brooklyn Town Library Association
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(860) 774-0649

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Student/teacher ratio: 1.8

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