Introduction to Norwich, Connecticut

Norwich, Connecticut, in New London county, is 28 miles SE of Manchester, Connecticut and 77 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The city is included in the New London - Norwich metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 36,117 people lived in Norwich.

Norwich History

Settlers from Old Saybrook founded Norwich in 1658. Led by Major John Mason and Reverend James Fitch, the Settlers bought land from the Mohegan tribe of Native Americans. A wharf was established in Yantic Cove in 1668. The community was probably named after the English city of Norwich. It was officially incorporated in 1784. During the 18th-century, Norwich was primarily a shipbuilding center.

Norwich and nearby Attractions

  • Leffingwell House Museum
  • Norwich Arts Council Gallery
  • Cold Brook
  • Norwich Marina
  • Norwich Rose Garden
  • Stoddard Hill State Park

Things To Do In Norwich

Norwich offers a wide range of recreational facilities to both its residents and visitors. One can visit the Leffingwell House Museum or walk around the Norwich Arts Council Gallery. The Norwich Marina and the Central Wharf are very popular tourist spots in the city. Here one can enjoy a variety of sports and other fitness activities. The city also boasts of several beautiful lakes, brooks and reservoirs. The Norwichtown Mall Shopping Center, Meadows Shopping Center, Wawecus Hill Road Center Shopping Center and Green Plains Plaza Shopping Center are ideal destinations for those who enjoy shopping. In addition, Norwich also hosts numerous festivals around the year. Among these are the Fall Festival & Russian Bazaar, Grange Fair, Grecian Food Festival, Juneteenth Day, Sweet Potato Festival and Winterfest.

Norwich Transportation

Groton-New London Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Norwich Higher Education

Three Rivers Community College is the local institute offering courses in higher education. One can also enroll at the nearby Eastern Connecticut State University or the University of Connecticut.


Total Population 40,254
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 13.4%
Employed Population 16+ 19,629
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 38%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.4%
Median Earnings25+ $32,631
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,341
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,182


Median Family Income $58,207
% Above Poverty Level 84.3%
% Below Poverty Level 15.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.8%
% Using Public Transportation 3.5%


People Living Alone 33.6%
Median Gross Rent $941
Median House Value $176,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 37.3%
US/American 0%
English 7%
Irish 14.5%

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

Norwich Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 28 miles SE of Manchester, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 77 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County New London
Metro Area New London - Norwich
Standard Zip Codes 06351, 06360, 06365
Phone Area Codes 860
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.524
Longitude -72.076

Norwich Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.8 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 64 F
Annual Precip 52.7 inches
Station GROTON
Distance 12.3 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 38 F
Apr Temp 38 to 56 F
Jul Temp 63 to 81 F
Oct Temp 43 to 63 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches
Distance 16.6 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Groton 9,305 $61,206
Groton Long Point 510 $116,500
Mystic 3,981 $116,406
New London 27,423 $45,244
Willimantic 17,411 $38,261

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

Norwich Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(860) 889-8331
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 2,341 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

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Serves 547 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.5

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Serves 48 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.6

Serves 34 students.

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Serves 1 students.

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