Old Saybrook, Connecticut

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Old Saybrook, Connecticut

Introduction to Old Saybrook, Connecticut

Old Saybrook, Connecticut, in Middlesex county, is 28 miles E of Hamden, Connecticut and 92 miles NE of New York, New York. The town is considered part of the New London - Norwich metropolitan area. Old Saybrook has a population of 10,367.

Old Saybrook History

Dutch explorers established a trading post in the present day town of Old Saybrook after having established a settlement on the island of Manhattan. This post was called Kievits Hoek, which meant "Plover's Corner." Colonel George Fenwick agreed to merge the Old Saybrook settlement with the Connecticut Colony in 1644. The town of Old Saybrook was officially incorporated in 1854. The town's location made it an important point for coastal trade. Yale University was initially founded here as the Collegiate School.

Old Saybrook and nearby Attractions

  • Gen. William Hart House
  • Connecticut River Museum
  • Gillette Castle
  • Lake Rockview
  • Dickersons Pier
  • Fort Saybrook Monument Park

Things To Do In Old Saybrook

While in Old Saybrook, one can visit historical sites and museums like the mansion of actor William Gillette now known as the Gillette Castle, the Connecticut River Museum, and the Florence Griswold Museum. The Museum of Fife and Drum exhibits collections of drums, fifes, uniforms, music, military swords, and other artifacts of America on parade. For those interested in taking back souvenirs for their loved ones, a trip to any of the malls in the town will prove fruitful. There are also several lakes, rivers and brooks all around Old Saybrook that are worth taking a look at. In addition, the parks provide a variety of facilities for the enjoyment of sports and other fitness activities.

Old Saybrook Transportation

Groton-New London Airport is close by.

Old Saybrook Higher Education

Higher educational institutes near Old Saybrook include Wesleyan University, Suny at Stony Brook and Eastern Connecticut State University.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Old Saybrook Low Violent Crime
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Old Saybrook College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Old Saybrook, Connecticut

Comparing Old Saybrook 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 10 10
Senior Citizens 10 10
Female Share of the Population 8 10
Racial Diversity 4 5
Male Share of the Population 4 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 5
Average Household Size 4 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 7


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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 10 9
Low Property Crime 7 3

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Old Saybrook Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 28 miles E of Hamden, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 92 miles NE of New York, New York
County Middlesex
Metro Area New London - Norwich
Standard Zip Codes 06475
Phone Area Codes 860
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.291
Longitude -72.376

Old Saybrook Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 13.3 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 24 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 39 F
Apr Temp 39 to 56 F
Jul Temp 63 to 81 F
Oct Temp 44 to 63 F
Annual Precip 47.9 inches
Distance 25.1 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 36 F
Apr Temp 39 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 43 to 62 F
Annual Precip 52.3 inches
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Old Saybrook Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 10,367 100%
Male 4,896 47.2%
Female 5,471 52.8%
Under 18 2,250 21.7%
18+ 8,117 78.3%
65+ 2,226 21.5%
Median Age 44.5
Average Family Size 2.9
White 9,926 95.7%
African-American 105 1%
Asian 178 1.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 8 0.1%
Other 47 0.5%
Mixed Race 96 0.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 194 1.9%

Estimated Old Saybrook Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 10,512
Growth 145
Growth % 1.4%

Old Saybrook 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 19.3%
Italian 17.8%
English 13.2%
German 9%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.4%
Polish 5.3%
French (except Basque) 4.3%
US/American 4.1%
French Canadian 3.4%
Scottish 2.8%
Swedish 2.7%
Lithuanian 1.3%
Russian 0.9%
Hungarian 0.9%
Dutch 0.8%
Scotch-Irish 0.8%
Portuguese 0.8%
Norwegian 0.7%
British 0.6%
Canadian 0.5%
Czech 0.5%
Slovak 0.4%
Greek 0.4%
European 0.4%
Danish 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Australian 0.3%
Armenian 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
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Old Saybrook Public Libraries

Acton Public Library
Old Saybrook, Connecticut
(860) 395-3185

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Serves 439 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.6

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