Coventry, Connecticut

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Coventry, Connecticut

Introduction to Coventry, Connecticut

Coventry, Connecticut, in Tolland county, is 11 miles E of Manchester, Connecticut and 75 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. Part of the surrounding Hartford metro area, Coventry is home to some 11,504 residents.

Coventry History

The land on which Coventry stands today was given to Hartford by Native Americans. The Connecticut General Assembly commissioned a team in 1706 to lay out the area and admit new inhabitants. Nathaniel Rust built the first house in this area and moved here with his family in the early 1700s. The Rusts were followed by a dozen families in 1709. The area was named Coventry in 1711 after Coventry in Warwickshire, England. It was incorporated in the following year.

Coventry and nearby Attractions

  • Wangumbaug Lake
  • Nathan Hale Homestead
  • The Strong-Porter Museum
  • Brigham's Tavern
  • Captain Nathan Hale Monument
  • South Coventry Historic District

Things To Do In Coventry

Coventry has many historic sites, antique and specialty shops and herb farms. Lake Wangumbaug has a beach, picnic area, playground, community center, lodge facilities and a band shell for concerts that are held during the summer.

Coventry Transportation

Bradley International Airport is nearby.

Coventry Higher Education

The University of Connecticut, Eastern Connecticut State University and Trinity College offer courses in higher education.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Coventry Low Violent Crime
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Coventry Low Property Crime

Comparative Profile of Coventry, Connecticut

Comparing Coventry 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
Children Under 5 Years Old 7 9
Age of the Population 5 2
Racial Diversity 2 3
Senior Citizens 2 1
Female Share of the Population 1 1


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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 7 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 10 7
Low Property Crime 9 8

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Coventry Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles E of Manchester, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 75 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Tolland
Metro Area Hartford
Standard Zip Codes 06238
Phone Area Codes 860
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.77
Longitude -72.305

Coventry Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 3.1 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 35 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 57 to 81 F
Oct Temp 35 to 62 F
Annual Precip 50.3 inches
Station STORRS
Distance 3.5 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
Distance 6.5 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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Coventry Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 11,504 100%
Male 5,815 50.5%
Female 5,689 49.5%
Under 18 3,114 27.1%
18+ 8,390 72.9%
65+ 983 8.5%
Median Age 36.6
Average Family Size 3.09
White 11,153 96.9%
African-American 66 0.6%
Asian 70 0.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 29 0.3%
Other 46 0.4%
Mixed Race 139 1.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 198 1.7%

Estimated Coventry Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 12,190
Growth 686
Growth % 6%

Coventry 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 15.6%
English 13.1%
German 11.3%
Italian 11.1%
French (except Basque) 10.8%
Polish 8.2%
French Canadian 5.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 3.5%
US/American 3.3%
Swedish 2.3%
Scottish 1.9%
Scotch-Irish 1.7%
Lithuanian 1.2%
Portuguese 1.1%
Canadian 1%
Austrian 0.8%
Russian 0.7%
Hungarian 0.7%
Norwegian 0.6%
European 0.6%
Dutch 0.5%
Slavic 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.5%
Greek 0.5%
British 0.5%
Danish 0.4%
Welsh 0.4%
Swiss 0.4%
Latvian 0.2%
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Coventry Public Libraries

Booth & Dimock Memorial Library
1134 MAIN ST.
Coventry, Connecticut
(860) 742-7606
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Coventry High Schools (2004)

Serves 607 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.1

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