Madison, Connecticut

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Madison, Connecticut

Introduction to Madison, Connecticut

Madison, Connecticut is 17 miles E of New Haven, Connecticut and 81 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 Madison is 17,858.

Madison History

The first settlement in Madison was established in the year 1641. Throughout the 18th century, this area was known as East Guilford. It was incorporated as the town of Madison in 1826 in honor of President James Madison. The state's longest beach, Hammonasset Beach State Park, is located in Madison. The town is one of the wealthiest suburbs in the county of New Haven. It experienced rapid growth and development in the mid-20th century.

Madison and nearby Attractions

  • Allis-Bushnell House Museum
  • Deacon John Graves House
  • Madison Historical Society Building
  • Meigs Point Nature Center
  • Stannard Pond
  • Hammonasset Beach State Park

Things To Do In Madison

The town has some beautiful lakes and brooks, the banks of which are popular tourist spots. The Circle Beach and Hammonasset Beach are ideal for those who love water sports. The parks in the town also offer a range of recreational activities to be enjoyed by both adults and children. In addition, the Arts Festival is held every July and draws crowds from neighboring towns and cities.

Madison Transportation

Tweed-New Haven Airport is close by.

Madison Higher Education

Wesleyan University, Quinnipiac University and Gateway Community College are nearby institutes of higher education.

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High Points

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

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College Educated Adults
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Top 5% trophy Madison College Educated Adults
Low Violent Crime
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Top 5% trophy Madison Low Violent Crime
Low Property Crime
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Top 8% Madison Low Property Crime

Comparative Profile of Madison, Connecticut

Comparing Madison 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 9 8
Male Share of the Population 6 3
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 8
Senior Citizens 5 6
Female Share of the Population 5 8
Racial Diversity 3 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 9
Average Household Size 8 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 10 9
Low Property Crime 10 9

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Madison Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 17 miles E of New Haven, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 81 miles NE of New York, New York
County New Haven
Standard Zip Codes 06443
Phone Area Codes 203
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.279
Longitude -72.598

Madison Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 17.3 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 17.7 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
Distance 31.5 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
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Madison Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 17,858 100%
Male 8,615 48.2%
Female 9,243 51.8%
Under 18 5,042 28.2%
18+ 12,816 71.8%
65+ 2,512 14.1%
Median Age 41
Average Family Size 3.12
White 17,255 96.6%
African-American 72 0.4%
Asian 306 1.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 11 0.1%
Other 45 0.3%
Mixed Race 168 0.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 240 1.3%

Estimated Madison Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 18,812
Growth 954
Growth % 5.3%

Madison 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 19.1%
Italian 19%
English 14.9%
German 9.6%
Polish 5.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.7%
US/American 3.3%
Swedish 2.7%
Scottish 2.6%
Russian 2.2%
French (except Basque) 1.9%
French Canadian 1.3%
Scotch-Irish 0.9%
Greek 0.7%
Ukrainian 0.7%
Lithuanian 0.7%
Dutch 0.7%
British 0.7%
Norwegian 0.7%
Hungarian 0.6%
Swiss 0.5%
Austrian 0.5%
Danish 0.5%
Welsh 0.4%
Iranian 0.4%
Slavic 0.4%
Czechoslovakian 0.4%
Eastern European 0.4%
Portuguese 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Armenian 0.3%
Canadian 0.3%
Albanian 0.3%
Slovak 0.3%
Lebanese 0.2%
European 0.2%
Northern European 0.2%
Haitian 0.2%
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Madison Public Libraries

E.c. Scranton Memorial Library
Madison, Connecticut
(203) 245-7365
Library Web Site

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Starbucks in Madison

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613 Boston Post Road
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