Burlington, Connecticut

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Burlington, Connecticut

Introduction to Burlington, Connecticut

Burlington, Connecticut, in Hartford county, is 6 miles N of Bristol, Connecticut (center to center) and 88 miles NE of New York, New York. The town, which is considered part of the Hartford metropolitan area, has a population of 8,190.

Burlington History

The original inhabitants of the beautiful hill town of Burlington, the Tunxis tribe, used the area as a hunting ground, and named their territory Tunxis Sepus. The white settlers first arrived in Connecticut in 1636, and in 1640, John Haynes, the then governor of Connecticut, purchased a huge tract of land from the Tunxis tribe and named it Tunxis Plantation. In 1645, Tunxis Plantation was incorporated as the town of Farmington, which includes the present day towns of Burlington, Bristol, Berlin, Avon and others. The western area of Farmington, comprising the present day towns of Burlington and Bristol, was heavily forested and was consequently named West Woods. In 1774, the northern portion of West Woods was incorporated as the Parish of West Britain. In 1806, the Parish of West Britain was finally incorporated as the town of Burlington.

Burlington and nearby Attractions

  • Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area
  • Nassahegan State Forest
  • American Clock & Watch Museum
  • Black Rock State Park
  • Edward E. King Museum
  • Buttolph - Williams House

Things To Do In Burlington

The town celebrates local festivals like Whigville Grange Fair. The American Clock & Watch Museum and the Edward E. King Museum are some sites that a visitor might like to see. The Nassahegan State Forest is an animal lover's paradise. One can also visit various historic sites such as the Buttolph - Williams House, the Dinosaur State Park, the Mark Twain House, and the Noah Webster House.

Burlington Transportation

Air transportation is available from Bradley International Airport.

Burlington Higher Education

Higher studies can be pursued at Central Connecticut State University, University of Hartford, and Manchester Community College.

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High Points

Burlington 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 13% Burlington College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Burlington, Connecticut

Comparing Burlington 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 9 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 8 9
Age of the Population 7 4
Racial Diversity 2 2
Female Share of the Population 2 2
Senior Citizens 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 10
Average Household Size 9 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 1

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Burlington Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles N of Bristol, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 88 miles NE of New York, New York
County Hartford
Metro Area Hartford
Standard Zip Codes 06013, 06085
Phone Area Codes 860
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.769
Longitude -72.965

Burlington Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 2.7 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 35 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 52.2 inches
Distance 6.2 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 33 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 81 F
Oct Temp 37 to 60 F
Annual Precip 54.5 inches
Distance 11.2 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 34 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 51 inches
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Burlington Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 8,190 100%
Male 4,109 50.2%
Female 4,081 49.8%
Under 18 2,313 28.2%
18+ 5,877 71.8%
65+ 598 7.3%
Median Age 38
Average Family Size 3.12
White 7,980 97.4%
African-American 48 0.6%
Asian 60 0.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 4 0%
Other 19 0.2%
Mixed Race 74 0.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 110 1.3%

Estimated Burlington Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 9,097
Growth 907
Growth % 11.1%

Burlington 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 18.7%
Irish 14.1%
Polish 13.3%
German 9.6%
English 9.4%
French (except Basque) 7.1%
French Canadian 6.9%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 5%
US/American 2.6%
Swedish 1.6%
Russian 1.6%
Scottish 1.1%
Norwegian 1%
Scotch-Irish 0.9%
Ukrainian 0.6%
Lithuanian 0.6%
British 0.5%
Austrian 0.5%
European 0.5%
Slovak 0.5%
Albanian 0.4%
Eastern European 0.4%
Canadian 0.3%
Welsh 0.3%
Armenian 0.3%
Portuguese 0.3%
Lebanese 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
Greek 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Burlington, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Lake Garda (06085)
Unionville (06013, 06085)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Burlington Public Libraries

Burlington Public Library
Burlington, Connecticut
(860) 673-3331
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Student/teacher ratio: 12.4

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