Cheshire, Connecticut

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Cheshire, Connecticut

Introduction to Cheshire, Connecticut

Cheshire, Connecticut, in New Haven county, is 5 miles SW of Meriden, Connecticut and 76 miles NE of New York, New York. The people of the town are in the New Haven - Meriden metropolitan area. Cheshire has a population of 28,543.

Cheshire History

The earliest English people settled down in Cheshire in 1694. At that time, it was a part of a town named Wallingford. Cheshire separated from Wallingford in 1780 to establish its separate identity. It developed into a small but prosperous farming town. After the war, there were significant changes as the town began to suburbanize. Cheshire found an economic niche in manufacturing bedding plants for local and national customers. This is reflected in the slogan of Cheshire, which is, "The Bedding Plant Capital of Connecticut."

Cheshire and nearby Attractions

  • Cheshire Golf Course
  • Willowbrook Farms
  • Cheshire Town Park
  • Barker Character Comic & Cartoon Museum
  • Quinnipiac Recreation Area
  • Hubbard Park

Things To Do In Cheshire

The Comic and Cartoon Museum is a unique museum which features a large collection of novelties and memorabilia. Apart from this, the town also has several parks. Recreational and entertainment programs are regularly organized by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Cheshire Transportation

The Tweed-New Haven Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Cheshire Higher Education

Quinnipiac University, Yale University, Naugatuck Valley Community College and Southern Connecticut State University offer higher educational opportunities to the people of Cheshire.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Cheshire Low Violent Crime
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Cheshire Low Property Crime
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Cheshire College Educated Adults
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 19% Cheshire Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Cheshire, Connecticut

Comparing Cheshire 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 9 4
Senior Citizens 6 5
Racial Diversity 3 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 4
Female Share of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 9
Average Household Size 7 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 10 10
Low Property Crime 10 9

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Cheshire Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles SW of Meriden, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 76 miles NE of New York, New York
County New Haven
Standard Zip Codes 06410
Company Zip Codes 06408, 06411
Phone Area Codes 203
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.498
Longitude -72.901

Cheshire Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 6.8 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 16.7 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
Distance 32.1 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 34 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 63 F
Annual Precip 46.1 inches
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Cheshire Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 28,543 100%
Male 15,197 53.2%
Female 13,346 46.8%
Under 18 7,202 25.2%
18+ 21,341 74.8%
65+ 3,592 12.6%
Median Age 38.4
Average Family Size 3.14
White 25,518 89.4%
African-American 1,332 4.7%
Asian 751 2.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 62 0.2%
Other 545 1.9%
Mixed Race 329 1.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,097 3.8%

Estimated Cheshire Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 29,097
Growth 554
Growth % 1.9%

Cheshire 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 26.3%
Irish 16.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.4%
German 8.3%
English 8.1%
Polish 5.3%
French (except Basque) 2.7%
US/American 2.5%
Russian 2.5%
French Canadian 2.1%
Swedish 1.8%
Scottish 1.6%
Scotch-Irish 1%
Hungarian 0.7%
Portuguese 0.7%
Lithuanian 0.6%
Norwegian 0.6%
European 0.6%
Austrian 0.5%
Canadian 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.5%
Dutch 0.4%
Greek 0.4%
Danish 0.4%
British 0.4%
African 0.3%
Eastern European 0.3%
Slovak 0.3%
Belgian 0.2%
Cape Verdean 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
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Cheshire Public Libraries

Cheshire Public Library
104 MAIN ST.
Cheshire, Connecticut
(860) 272-2245
Library Web Site

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Cheshire High Schools (2004)

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Serves 1,563 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

A Non-traditional School
Serves 396 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.7

A Non-traditional School
Serves 38 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.5

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Serves 36 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.7

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Serves 2 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 0.4

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