Essex, Connecticut

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Essex, Connecticut

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.

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High Points

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

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College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Essex College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Essex, Connecticut

Comparing Essex 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
Age of the Population 10 10
Senior Citizens 9 10
Female Share of the Population 7 10
Children Under 5 Years Old 5 7
Male Share of the Population 4 1
Racial Diversity 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 7 4
Average Household Size 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 7

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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

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
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
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
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
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Essex Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 6,505 100%
Male 3,074 47.3%
Female 3,431 52.7%
Under 18 1,424 21.9%
18+ 5,081 78.1%
65+ 1,270 19.5%
Median Age 43.4
Average Family Size 2.87
White 6,357 97.7%
African-American 34 0.5%
Asian 36 0.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 6 0.1%
Other 23 0.4%
Mixed Race 48 0.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 93 1.4%

Estimated Essex Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 6,783
Growth 278
Growth % 4.3%

Essex 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
English 20.1%
Irish 18.7%
Italian 12.8%
German 8%
Polish 5.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 5.4%
Swedish 4%
Scottish 3.6%
US/American 3.6%
Russian 3.1%
French Canadian 3%
British 1.8%
Norwegian 1.5%
French (except Basque) 1.3%
Scotch-Irish 1.2%
Canadian 0.9%
Danish 0.7%
Swiss 0.7%
Lithuanian 0.6%
Welsh 0.5%
Dutch 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Greek 0.4%
Czech 0.3%
European 0.3%
Hungarian 0.3%
Austrian 0.2%
Northern European 0.2%
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Essex Public Libraries

Essex Library Association
Essex, Connecticut
(860) 767-1560
Library Web Site
Ivoryton Library Association
Essex, Connecticut
(860) 767-1252
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