Ellington, Connecticut

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Ellington, Connecticut

Introduction to Ellington, Connecticut

Ellington, Connecticut, in Tolland county, is 9 miles N of Manchester, Connecticut and 78 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is included in the Hartford metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 12,921 people lived in Ellington.

Ellington History

Ellington was originally a part of the town of Windsor. It broke off almost 20 years later and was incorporated as a town in May of 1786. A significant part of Ellington is involved in cattle and corn farming. A community of Jewish immigrant farmers settled in Ellington in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Their synagogue, Congregation Knesseth Israel, stands today and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The town recorded one of the fastest growth rates amongst all Connecticut towns at the turn of the 21st century.

Ellington and nearby Attractions

  • Nellie McKnight Museum
  • Sadds Mill
  • Nathan Hale Homestead
  • Kimballs Brook
  • Talcott Mountain State Park

Things To Do In Ellington

There are quite a few museums near the town of Ellington. One can visit the Hicks-Stearns Museum, the Nellie McKnight Museum and the New England Civil War Museum. The Talcott Mountain State Park is spread over an area of 557 acres. It has an observation tower and also offers facilities for hiking, picnicking and hang gliding.

Ellington Transportation

Bradley International Airport is nearby.

Ellington Higher Education

For higher studies, one can enroll at the University of Connecticut, the Western New England College, Springfield Technical Community College or the Springfield College.

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Comparative Profile of Ellington, Connecticut

Comparing Ellington 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 9 8
Age of the Population 6 3
Children Under 5 Years Old 5 7
Racial Diversity 3 4
Senior Citizens 3 2
Female Share of the Population 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 7 5
Average Household Size 5 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 8 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 6

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Ellington Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles N of Manchester, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 78 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Tolland
Metro Area Hartford
Standard Zip Codes 06029
Phone Area Codes 860
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.903
Longitude -72.47

Ellington Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 9.5 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
Distance 11.2 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
Station STORRS
Distance 13.4 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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Ellington Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 12,921 100%
Male 6,425 49.7%
Female 6,496 50.3%
Under 18 3,257 25.2%
18+ 9,664 74.8%
65+ 1,258 9.7%
Median Age 36.9
Average Family Size 3.06
White 12,434 96.2%
African-American 128 1%
Asian 167 1.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 21 0.2%
Other 57 0.4%
Mixed Race 113 0.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 181 1.4%

Estimated Ellington Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 14,217
Growth 1,296
Growth % 10%

Ellington 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 14.1%
Italian 13.7%
German 10.5%
Polish 9.8%
French (except Basque) 9.3%
English 8.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.8%
US/American 4.7%
Swiss 4.2%
French Canadian 4.1%
Swedish 2.1%
Lithuanian 1.5%
Russian 1.3%
Greek 1.3%
Scotch-Irish 1.2%
Scottish 1.2%
Canadian 0.7%
Danish 0.7%
Hungarian 0.6%
Portuguese 0.6%
Ukrainian 0.4%
British 0.4%
Norwegian 0.4%
Latvian 0.3%
Finnish 0.3%
Dutch 0.3%
European 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Brazilian 0.3%
Senegalese 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
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Ellington Public Libraries

Hall Memorial Library
Ellington, Connecticut
(860) 875-6881
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Student/teacher ratio: 12.4

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