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Overview

Introduction to Essex, Connecticut

Essex, Connecticut, in Middlesex county, is 25 miles SE of Meriden, Connecticut and 93 miles NE of New York, New York. The town is home to some 6,505 residents.

Essex History

Thos region was settled by Europeans in the 1640s. It was incorporated as a town in 1852. The town was attacked during the War of 1812, and sustained heavy economic losses. April 8, the date of the attack, is still considered to be "the town's worst day in history." At that time, the area was a major shipping and shipbuilding center, and was referred to as Pettipague or "Potapoug Point. The community was named Essex in 1854.

Essex and nearby Attractions

  • Museum of Fife and Drum
  • Essex Steam Train
  • Thomas Griswold House
  • Pardee Rose Garden
  • Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park
  • Atlantis Marine World Aquarium

Things To Do In Essex

The Hammonasset Beach State Park, Harkness Memorial State Park and Wadsworth Falls State Park are the local parks. The town also offers easy access to museums and historic sites like the Museum of Fife and Drum, the Connecticut River Museum, Gillette Castle and the Hyland House. The Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park is a Revolutionary War museum showcasing 18th century exhibits, while the Atlantis Marine World Aquarium, the Copernican Observatory & Planetarium and the Essex Steam Train are all accessible from Essex as well.

Essex Transportation

Flights are available from the Groton-New London Airport.

Essex Higher Education

Local colleges and universities include Eastern Connecticut State University, Wesleyan University and Trinity College.

People

Total Population 6,643
Male Share of the Population 44.4%
Female Share of the Population 55.6%
Senior Citizens 26.7%
Employed Population 16+ 3,275
Age of the Population 53

Families

% of people married 60%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 52.4%
Median Earnings25+ $58,480
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,984
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,772

Wealth

Median Family Income $114,079
% Above Poverty Level 94.6%
% Below Poverty Level 5.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 10%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0%
% Using Public Transportation 4.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 32.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,008
Median House Value $379,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 6%
US/American 0%
English 24.7%
Irish 21.5%

Essex Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 25 miles SE of Meriden, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 93 miles NE of New York, New York
County Middlesex
Standard Zip Codes 06426
Phone Area Codes 860
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.353
Longitude -72.391

Essex 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 GREENPORT POWER HOUSE
Distance 17.6 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 55 F
Jul Temp 66 to 80 F
Oct Temp 48 to 63 F
Annual Precip 45.9 inches
Station MIDDLETOWN 4 W (MERIDEN)
Distance 21.7 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
Station MOUNT CARMEL
Distance 26.6 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 35 F
Apr Temp 37 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 52.7 inches

Essex Public Libraries

Library
Essex Library Association
33 WEST AVE.
Essex, Connecticut
(860) 767-1560
Library Web Site
Ivoryton Library Association
MAIN ST.
Essex, Connecticut
(860) 767-1252
Library Web Site

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