Orange, Connecticut

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Orange, Connecticut

Introduction to Orange, Connecticut

Orange, Connecticut, in New Haven county, is 4 miles W of West Haven, Connecticut and 62 miles NE of New York, New York. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the New Haven - Meriden metropolitan area with. Orange contains a population of approximately 13,233.

Orange History

The Paugusset, an Algonquian people, were the original inhabitants of this area before the English settled here. At that time, Orange was a part of the city of Milford, Connecticut. But as the population increased rapidly, a separate town was formed in 1822. The community was named in honor of King William III of England, 'The Prince of Orange.' Orange and West Haven were separated in 1921, and this left Orange with a rural community. However, the post-war years witnessed a rapid suburbanization of the town.

Orange and nearby Attractions

  • Yale Center for British Art
  • Eli Whitney Gun Factory
  • Otis House
  • Temple Emanuel Library
  • Indian Lake
  • Orange Center Historic District

Things To Do In Orange

The Yale University Art Gallery showcases collections of famous artists like Van Gogh, Picasso and Monet. The Beardsley Zoological Gardens, Captain's Cove Seaport and Pardee Rose Garden are among the popular tourist spots near the town of Orange. There are also quite a few lakes and brooks around the town that offer opportunities to indulge in water sports.

Orange Transportation

Facilities for air transportation are provided by the Tweed-New Haven Airport.

Orange Higher Education

The University of New Haven, Southern Connecticut State University, Gateway Community College and Yale University are nearby.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Orange College Educated Adults
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Orange Low Violent Crime

Comparative Profile of Orange, Connecticut

Comparing Orange 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 9 10
Male Share of the Population 7 5
Racial Diversity 5 7
Female Share of the Population 4 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 3


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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 9 6
Low Property Crime 5 2

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Orange Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles W of West Haven, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 62 miles NE of New York, New York
County New Haven
Standard Zip Codes 06477
Phone Area Codes 203
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.278
Longitude -73.026

Orange Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 9.5 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 37 F
Apr Temp 41 to 57 F
Jul Temp 66 to 82 F
Oct Temp 46 to 63 F
Annual Precip 44.1 inches
Distance 10.7 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 24.7 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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Orange Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 13,233 100%
Male 6,430 48.6%
Female 6,803 51.4%
Under 18 3,254 24.6%
18+ 9,979 75.4%
65+ 2,638 19.9%
Median Age 43.2
Average Family Size 3.09
White 12,450 94.1%
African-American 104 0.8%
Asian 508 3.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 11 0.1%
Other 43 0.3%
Mixed Race 116 0.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 190 1.4%

Estimated Orange Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 13,970
Growth 737
Growth % 5.6%

Orange 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 34.9%
Irish 12.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.3%
Polish 7.2%
English 7%
German 5.7%
US/American 4.8%
Russian 3.9%
Scottish 1.3%
Hungarian 1.3%
Eastern European 1.1%
Greek 0.9%
Scotch-Irish 0.8%
French Canadian 0.8%
Ukrainian 0.8%
French (except Basque) 0.8%
Swedish 0.7%
Romanian 0.6%
Dutch 0.6%
Portuguese 0.6%
Slovak 0.6%
Egyptian 0.5%
Swiss 0.4%
Austrian 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Norwegian 0.3%
Lebanese 0.3%
Nigerian 0.2%
European 0.2%
Iranian 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
Celtic 0.2%
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Orange Public Libraries

Case Memorial Library
Orange, Connecticut
(860) 891-2170

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(As of 2005)
538 Boston Post Rd.
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