North Branford, Connecticut

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North Branford, Connecticut

Introduction to North Branford, Connecticut

North Branford, Connecticut, in New Haven county, is 8 miles SE of Hamden, Connecticut and 75 miles NE of New York, New York. The town is part of the New Haven - Meriden metropolitan statistical area. About 13,906 people live in North Branford.

North Branford History

Theophilus Eaton and John Davenport purchased land from the Indian Sachem at Quinnipiac in 1638. The area called 'Totoket' was sold to them by Montowese, the leader of a small Native American tribe. This land later became known as Branford, and included the area now known as North Branford. Captain Jonathan Rose is said to be the first man to build his home in the North Branford area. The community was primarily agricultural, as North Branford was found to have the ideal climate for growing cherries and apples. The town of North Branford was officially incorporated in 1831.

North Branford and nearby Attractions

  • Totoket Historical Society Building
  • Thomas Griswold House
  • Henry Whitfield State Museum
  • Central Shopping Plaza Shopping Center
  • Lake Gaillard
  • Pardee Rose Garden

Things To Do In North Branford

The Henry Whitfield State Museum, the oldest house in Connecticut, was built in 1639 and an interesting and popular tourist destination. The Eli Whitney Gun Factory, the Harrison House, the Hyland House and the Thomas Griswold House are some of the historic sites within 10 miles of North Branford. The Central Shopping Plaza Shopping Center and Grant Oak Shopping Center are popular among shoopers. In addition, North Branford also hosts the Baked Potato & Roasted Corn Festival and the Touch-A-Truck festival every year.

North Branford Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Tweed-New Haven Airport.

North Branford Higher Education

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

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Property Crime
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Top 5% trophy North Branford Low Property Crime
Low Violent Crime
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Top 8% North Branford Low Violent Crime

Comparative Profile of North Branford, Connecticut

Comparing North Branford 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 8 5
Male Share of the Population 7 5
Senior Citizens 5 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 5 7
Female Share of the Population 5 6
Racial Diversity 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 7
Average Household Size 8 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 7 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 10 10
Low Violent Crime 10 8

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North Branford Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles SE of Hamden, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 75 miles NE of New York, New York
County New Haven
Standard Zip Codes 06471, 06517
Phone Area Codes 203
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.327
Longitude -72.767

North Branford Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 8.5 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 26.1 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 30.2 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
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North Branford Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 13,906 100%
Male 6,746 48.5%
Female 7,160 51.5%
Under 18 3,560 25.6%
18+ 10,346 74.4%
65+ 1,901 13.7%
Median Age 39.1
Average Family Size 3.15
White 13,419 96.5%
African-American 165 1.2%
Asian 128 0.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 9 0.1%
Other 65 0.5%
Mixed Race 117 0.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 250 1.8%

Estimated North Branford Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 14,398
Growth 492
Growth % 3.5%

North Branford 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
Italian 41.5%
Irish 14.7%
Polish 7.1%
English 6.5%
German 6.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 3.5%
US/American 2.7%
French (except Basque) 2.2%
Scottish 1.8%
Russian 1.3%
Swedish 1.3%
French Canadian 1.2%
Scotch-Irish 1%
British 1%
Lithuanian 0.9%
Greek 0.8%
Portuguese 0.8%
Norwegian 0.7%
Ukrainian 0.6%
Danish 0.5%
Egyptian 0.5%
European 0.5%
Hungarian 0.4%
Canadian 0.3%
Dutch 0.3%
African 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
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North Branford Public Libraries

North Branford Library Department
1720 FOXON RD.
North Branford, Connecticut
(203) 315-6020
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North Branford High Schools (2004)

(Sorted by Number of Students)

Serves 678 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.5

A Special Education School
A Magnet School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 92 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.9

A Non-traditional School

North Branford Colleges

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