Mansfield, Connecticut

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Mansfield, Connecticut

Introduction to Mansfield, Connecticut

Mansfield, Connecticut, in Tolland county, is 15 miles E of Manchester, Connecticut and 72 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is included in the Hartford metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 20,720 people lived in Mansfield.

Mansfield History

Originally, this area was inhabited by the Mohegan Native American Tribe. The first European settlers came to this area from Norwich, and bought land from the Mohegans. These settlers were chiefly farmers and Mansfield remained a rural town. It was incorporated in 1702. The earliest grist mills and saw mills were powered by the nearby rivers. In the 19th century, the town began manufacturing steel products, bells, bits and augers, organ pipes, bronze cannons and gunpowder after a textile mill was established here.

Mansfield and nearby Attractions

  • Farwell Barn
  • Mansfield Center Historic District
  • Hanks Hill
  • Echo Lake
  • Mansfield Hollow State Park
  • Mohegan Sun Country Club

Things To Do In Mansfield

The Gurleyville Gristmill is a fully-intact stone grist mill which was built on the Fenton River in 1835. All the original equipment is still present in the mill. Tours through the mill are available from May to October.

Mansfield Transportation

Bradley International is the nearest major airport.

Mansfield Higher Education

The University of Connecticut and Eastern Connecticut State University are nearby.

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High Points

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

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College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Mansfield College Educated Adults
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 15% Mansfield Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Mansfield, Connecticut

Comparing Mansfield 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 7
Racial Diversity 8 9
Female Share of the Population 3 4
Senior Citizens 2 1
Age of the Population 1 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 4 2
Average Household Size 4 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 5

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Mansfield Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 15 miles E of Manchester, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 72 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Tolland
Metro Area Hartford
Standard Zip Codes 06250, 06268
Phone Area Codes 860
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.77
Longitude -72.23

Mansfield Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station STORRS
Distance 2.3 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
Distance 2.8 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 35 F
Apr Temp 34 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 51.5 inches
Distance 25.9 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
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Mansfield Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 20,720 100%
Male 10,259 49.5%
Female 10,461 50.5%
Under 18 2,753 13.3%
18+ 17,967 86.7%
65+ 1,839 8.9%
Median Age 22
Average Family Size 2.92
White 17,387 83.9%
African-American 1,010 4.9%
Asian 1,482 7.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 41 0.2%
Other 389 1.9%
Mixed Race 401 1.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 893 4.3%

Estimated Mansfield Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 24,558
Growth 3,838
Growth % 18.5%

Mansfield 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
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 17%
Italian 13.7%
Irish 13.5%
English 8.8%
German 7.1%
Polish 6.1%
French Canadian 4.6%
French (except Basque) 4.5%
US/American 3.2%
Russian 2.3%
Swedish 1.7%
Scottish 1.6%
European 1.1%
Scotch-Irish 1.1%
Hungarian 1%
Portuguese 1%
Greek 0.8%
Austrian 0.8%
Jamaican 0.7%
British 0.7%
Romanian 0.6%
Norwegian 0.6%
Dutch 0.6%
Czechoslovakian 0.5%
African 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.5%
Lithuanian 0.4%
Iranian 0.4%
Finnish 0.4%
Canadian 0.3%
Eastern European 0.3%
Other Arab 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
Kenyan 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Mansfield, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Gurleyville (06268)
Mansfield Hollow (06250)
Storrs Mansfield (06268)
West Ashford (06250)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Mansfield Public Libraries

The Mansfield Library
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(860) 423-2502
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