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Overview

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.

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.

People

Total Population 4,309
Male Share of the Population 47.7%
Female Share of the Population 52.3%
Senior Citizens 19.7%
Employed Population 16+ 2,281
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 43.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 30.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $82,111
% Above Poverty Level 91.6%
% Below Poverty Level 8.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.5%
% Using Public Transportation 2.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 31%
Median Gross Rent $1,067
Median House Value $216,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.6%
US/American 0.2%
English 14.3%
Irish 20.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Notes:

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

Station NORWICH PUB UTIL PLANT
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
Station MANSFIELD HOLLOW LAKE
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

Colchester Public Libraries

Library
Cragin Memorial Library
8 LINWOOD AVE.
Colchester, Connecticut
(860) 537-5752
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Colchester High Schools

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611 NORWICH AVE.
860-537-2378
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Student/teacher ratio: 11.6

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127 NORWICH AVENUE
860-537-7267
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