Plainville, Connecticut

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Plainville, Connecticut

Introduction to Plainville, Connecticut

Plainville, Connecticut, in Hartford county, is 4 miles W of New Britain, Connecticut and 87 miles NE of New York, New York. Part of the surrounding Hartford metro area, Plainville is home to some 17,328 residents.

Plainville History

Initially, Plainville was a part of Farmington and was known as the Great Plain. It was separated and incorporated as a town in 1869. The community was so named because of its level terrain. Agriculture and the manufacturing of tin and japanned ware were the primary occupations of the people in the town of Plainville.

Plainville and nearby Attractions

  • Plainville Historic Center
  • New Britain Museum of American Art
  • Old State House
  • Paderewski Pond
  • Olde Canal Square Plaza Shopping Center
  • Tomasso Nature Park

Things To Do In Plainville

Plainville provides easy access to numerous historic sites and museums. The American Clock & Watch Museum, Barnes Museum, Day-Lewis Museum, the New Britain Industrial Museum, the New Britain Museum of American Art and the New Britain Youth Museum showcase some interesting exhibits on the local history and culture. One can also visit the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, the Mark Twain House, the Old State House and the Connecticut State Capitol from Plainville. In addition, the town's lakes and reservoirs offer opportunities to indulge in a variety of water sports and other recreational activities.

Plainville Transportation

Air transportation facilities are offered by Hartford-Brainard Airport.

Plainville Higher Education

Central Connecticut State University and the University of Hartford are nearby.

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Comparative Profile of Plainville, Connecticut

Comparing Plainville 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 6
Male Share of the Population 7 6
Senior Citizens 6 8
Racial Diversity 5 8
Female Share of the Population 4 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 5 3
Average Household Size 3 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 6 3


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Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 5


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to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 7 4
Low Property Crime 5 2

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Plainville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles W of New Britain, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 87 miles NE of New York, New York
County Hartford
Metro Area Hartford
Standard Zip Codes 06062
Phone Area Codes 860
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.674
Longitude -72.858

Plainville 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 14 to 35 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 52.2 inches
Distance 11.3 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
Distance 14.2 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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Plainville Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 17,328 100%
Male 8,461 48.8%
Female 8,867 51.2%
Under 18 3,682 21.2%
18+ 13,646 78.8%
65+ 2,635 15.2%
Median Age 39.6
Average Family Size 2.93
White 16,205 93.5%
African-American 390 2.3%
Asian 289 1.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 29 0.2%
Other 206 1.2%
Mixed Race 207 1.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 618 3.6%

Estimated Plainville Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 17,382
Growth 54
Growth % 0.3%

Plainville 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 20.7%
Polish 16.7%
French (except Basque) 11.8%
Irish 9.5%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.1%
German 6.2%
French Canadian 5.8%
English 5.5%
US/American 3.1%
Swedish 2.2%
Scottish 1.3%
Russian 1%
Lithuanian 0.8%
Scotch-Irish 0.7%
Ukrainian 0.6%
Greek 0.4%
Hungarian 0.4%
Norwegian 0.4%
Portuguese 0.4%
Austrian 0.3%
British 0.3%
African 0.3%
European 0.3%
Dutch 0.2%
Jamaican 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac 0.2%
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Plainville Public Libraries

Plainville Public Library
Plainville, Connecticut
(860) 793-1446
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275 New Britain Ave
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Plainville High Schools (2004)

Serves 821 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.7

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