Introduction to East Hartford, Connecticut

East Hartford, Connecticut, in Hartford county, is 4 miles E of Hartford, Connecticut and 89 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. Part of the surrounding Hartford metro area, East Hartford is home to some 49,575 residents.

East Hartford History

Native Americans inhabited this area before Europeans arrived here in 1631. Thomas Burnham bought land in this area in 1659 from Tantinomo, the Chief sachem of the Podunk Indians. The town of Hartford initially occupied the areas of present-day East Hartford, Manchester and West Hartford. East Hartford was incorporated as a separate town in 1783. Manchester was a part of East Hartford until 1823.

East Hartford and nearby Attractions

  • Edward E. King Museum
  • Penney Memorial Library
  • Easton Orchard
  • Hockanum River
  • Keeney Cove Marsh State Wildlife Area
  • East Hartford Golf Course

Things To Do In East Hartford

While in East Hartford, one can visit the Easton Orchard, the Edward E. King Museum, the 1761 Huguenot House Museum and the Hockanum Hose Co. Fire Museum. One can also spend a day at any of the town's beautiful rivers and reservoirs. There are a large number of shopping malls dotting the streets of East Hartford. In addition, the town holds the Black-Eyed & Blues Festival and the Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival every year.

East Hartford Transportation

Hartford-Brainard Airport provides air transportation.

East Hartford Higher Education

Goodwin College is the local institute of higher learning. Trinity College, Manchester Community College and the University of Hartford are all within a 10 mile radius of the town.


Total Population 51,137
Male Share of the Population 48.6%
Female Share of the Population 51.4%
Senior Citizens 13.6%
Employed Population 16+ 23,816
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 38.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.3%
Median Earnings25+ $35,698
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,795
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,206


Median Family Income $58,578
% Above Poverty Level 84.6%
% Below Poverty Level 15.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.7%
% Using Public Transportation 6.7%


People Living Alone 29.7%
Median Gross Rent $925
Median House Value $165,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 46.3%
US/American 0%
English 5.5%
Irish 9.4%

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

East Hartford Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles E of Hartford, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 89 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Hartford
Metro Area Hartford
Standard Zip Codes 06108, 06118
P.O. Box Zip Codes 06128, 06138
Phone Area Codes 860
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.782
Longitude -72.612

East Hartford Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.9 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 36 F
Apr Temp 38 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 44.2 inches
Distance 11.1 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
Distance 16.9 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 36 F
Apr Temp 39 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 43 to 62 F
Annual Precip 52.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Forbes Village (06108)

Hartfrd (06108)

Silver Lane (06138)

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

East Hartford Public Libraries

East Hartford Public Library
840 MAIN ST.
East Hartford, Connecticut
(860) 289-6429

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Serves 2,250 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

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Serves 344 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.4

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Serves 150 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.9

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Serves 140 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.9

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