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Overview

Introduction to Guilford, Connecticut

Guilford, Connecticut is 12 miles E of New Haven, Connecticut and 77 miles NE of New York, New York. It is in New Haven county. The town is part of the New Haven - Meriden metro area. The population of Guilford is 21,398.

Guilford History

A group of English Puritans arrived in Quinnipiac colony, whic is now known as New Haven, in 1639. Reverend Henry Whitfield negotiated with the local Native American sachem, Shaumpishuh, for a tract of land. The area was known as Menuncatuck at that time. The community later changed the name to Guilford, after a town in England. The colony prospered due to income from the rich local fields and orchards. The Connecticut Turnpike was constructed in the 20th century and catalyzed the development of the town.

Guilford and nearby Attractions

  • Henry Whitfield State Historical Museum
  • Guilford Historic Town Center
  • Old Stone House
  • Strawberry Hill Shopping Center
  • Spinning Mill Brook
  • Chaffinch Island State Park

Things To Do In Guilford

The Henry Whitfield State Historical Museum, the Thomas Griswold House, the Hyland House and the Henry Whitfield State Museum are all very easily accessible from the town and provide valuable information about the region's history. The Strawberry Hill Shopping Center, Westwoods Plaza Shopping Center and Guilford Plaza Shopping Center are ideal destinations for those who like to shop. In addition, the town hosts celebrations like the Guilford Fair and the Little Folks' Fair every year.

Guilford Transportation

Air transportation is available at Tweed-New Haven Airport.

Guilford Higher Education

Quinnipiac University, Gateway Community College and Yale University offer opportunities for higher education.

People

Total Population 22,392
Male Share of the Population 47.4%
Female Share of the Population 52.6%
Senior Citizens 20.4%
Employed Population 16+ 11,693
Age of the Population 48

Families

% of people married 57.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 57.9%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $119,333
% Above Poverty Level 95.2%
% Below Poverty Level 4.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 7.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.5%
% Using Public Transportation 2.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 24.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,288
Median House Value $382,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.5%
US/American 0.1%
English 14.5%
Irish 25%

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

Guilford Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles E of New Haven, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 77 miles NE of New York, New York
County New Haven
Standard Zip Codes 06437
Phone Area Codes 203
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.288
Longitude -72.682

Guilford 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 MOUNT CARMEL
Distance 13.7 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
Station GREENPORT POWER HOUSE
Distance 21 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 WIGWAM RESERVOIR
Distance 35.1 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 34 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 51 inches

Guilford Public Libraries

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Guilford Free Library
67 PARK ST.
Guilford, Connecticut
(860) 453-8282

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Guilford High Schools

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GUILFORD HIGH SCHOOL
605 NEW ENGLAND RD.
203-453-2741
Serves 1,117 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.3

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605 NEW ENGLAND ROAD
203-453-8200
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