Prospect, Connecticut

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Prospect, Connecticut

Introduction to Prospect, Connecticut

Prospect, Connecticut, in New Haven county, is 5 miles SE of Waterbury, Connecticut (center to center) and 74 miles NE of New York, New York. There are an estimated 8,707 people in the town.

Prospect History

Prospect is a town in New Haven county, which was established in 1666. Because county governments were abolished in Connecticut in 1960, there is no county seat in New Haven. The towns are responsible for all local government activities in Connecticut. Currently, the state judicial system in New Haven County is split into three districts - New Haven, Ansonia - Milford and Waterbury.

Prospect and nearby Attractions

  • Connecticut Children's Museum
  • Hyland House
  • Mattatuck Museum
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe House
  • Chatfield Hollow State Park

Things To Do In Prospect

Tourists coming to the Mattatuck Museum can see different types of exhibits, displaying three centuries of Connecticut regional heritage. Families may enjoy the Connecticut Children's Museum. The historic Hyland House reflects colonial architecture. Visitors can also visit the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, which was built in 1871 and was the house of the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin. Chatfield Hollow State Park, Bushnell Park, and Black Rock State Park offer a wide variety of opportunities for recreation.

Prospect Transportation

Bradley International Airport provides air transportation facilities.

Prospect Higher Education

Higher studies can be pursued at Naugatuck Valley Community College, Quinnnipiac University, and Yale University

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Comparative Profile of Prospect, Connecticut

Comparing Prospect 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
Children Under 5 Years Old 5 7
Senior Citizens 5 5
Female Share of the Population 4 5
Racial Diversity 3 5


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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 6 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 5 2

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Prospect Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles SE of Waterbury, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 74 miles NE of New York, New York
County New Haven
Standard Zip Codes 06712
Phone Area Codes 203
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.502
Longitude -72.979

Prospect Climate

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  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 8.2 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 23.4 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 36 F
Apr Temp 38 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 44.2 inches
Distance 24.1 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 33 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 81 F
Oct Temp 37 to 60 F
Annual Precip 54.5 inches
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Prospect Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 8,707 100%
Male 4,255 48.9%
Female 4,452 51.1%
Under 18 2,172 24.9%
18+ 6,535 75.1%
65+ 1,153 13.2%
Median Age 39.4
Average Family Size 3.16
White 8,386 96.3%
African-American 124 1.4%
Asian 63 0.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 8 0.1%
Other 63 0.7%
Mixed Race 63 0.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 168 1.9%

Estimated Prospect Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 9,234
Growth 527
Growth % 6.1%

Prospect 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 26.9%
Irish 15.1%
German 7.8%
Polish 6.7%
English 6.5%
French (except Basque) 5.5%
French Canadian 5.4%
Portuguese 4.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.6%
US/American 2.7%
Lithuanian 2.1%
Albanian 1.8%
Scotch-Irish 1.6%
Scottish 1.5%
Ukrainian 1%
Greek 0.8%
Swedish 0.6%
Russian 0.6%
Hungarian 0.5%
Dutch 0.5%
Lebanese 0.5%
Canadian 0.5%
Austrian 0.4%
Slovak 0.4%
Norwegian 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Brazilian 0.2%
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Prospect Public Library
Prospect, Connecticut
(860) 758-3001

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