Colchester, Connecticut

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Colchester, Connecticut

Introduction to Colchester, Connecticut

Colchester, Connecticut, in New London county, is 17 miles SE of Manchester, Connecticut and 84 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is part of the New London- Norwich metropolitan statistical area. About 14,551 people live in Colchester.

Colchester History

Colchester was established in 1698 on land bought by Nathaniel Foote from Native Americans who originally lived here. Foote named the area Colchester after the town in England from where his grandfather had emigrated. The town had its first railway line in 1876.

Colchester and nearby Attractions

  • Harry's Place
  • Salmon River State Forest
  • Chanticlair Golf Course
  • Amston Lake
  • Devil's Hopyard State Park
  • Lake Hayward

Things To Do In Colchester

People visit the Salmon River State Forest for hiking, hunting and fishing. The annual Colchester 57 Fest is held in September and features many entertainment activities, fireworks and food. The nearby golf course provides excellent facilities.

Colchester Transportation

Bradley International is the nearest major airport.

Colchester Higher Education

Higher studies can be pursued at Eastern Connecticut State University, the University of Connecticut, Wesleyan University and Trinity College.

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Comparative Profile of Colchester, Connecticut

Comparing Colchester 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
Children Under 5 Years Old 9 10
Male Share of the Population 7 5
Female Share of the Population 4 6
Age of the Population 4 1
Racial Diversity 3 5
Senior Citizens 2 2


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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 8 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 4

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Colchester Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 17 miles SE of Manchester, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 84 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County New London
Metro Area New London - Norwich
Standard Zip Codes 06415, 06420
Phone Area Codes 860
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.575
Longitude -72.332

Colchester Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 14.1 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 64 F
Annual Precip 52.7 inches
Distance 14.3 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
Station STORRS
Distance 16.1 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 34 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 61 to 80 F
Oct Temp 41 to 61 F
Annual Precip 51.6 inches
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Colchester Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 14,551 100%
Male 7,067 48.6%
Female 7,484 51.4%
Under 18 4,342 29.8%
18+ 10,209 70.2%
65+ 1,333 9.2%
Median Age 35.3
Average Family Size 3.14
White 13,900 95.5%
African-American 200 1.4%
Asian 87 0.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 61 0.4%
Other 109 0.7%
Mixed Race 192 1.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 280 1.9%

Estimated Colchester Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 15,389
Growth 838
Growth % 5.8%

Colchester 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
Irish 16.1%
Italian 14.2%
Polish 10.4%
English 9.3%
German 7.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.7%
French (except Basque) 6.6%
French Canadian 6.6%
US/American 6.4%
Swedish 2.3%
Russian 1.6%
Scottish 1.5%
Scotch-Irish 1.4%
Ukrainian 1.2%
European 1%
Portuguese 1%
Lithuanian 0.9%
Dutch 0.7%
Greek 0.6%
Danish 0.6%
Canadian 0.6%
British 0.5%
Czechoslovakian 0.4%
Hungarian 0.4%
Austrian 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Welsh 0.2%
Albanian 0.2%
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Colchester Public Libraries

Cragin Memorial Library
Colchester, Connecticut
(860) 537-5752
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Starbucks in Colchester

(As of 2005)
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Colchester High Schools (2004)

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Serves 872 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.6

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