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Overview

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

People

Total Population 9,678
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 18.1%
Employed Population 16+ 4,854
Age of the Population 45

Families

% of people married 53.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 36.1%
Median Earnings25+ $52,417
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $28,450
Median Earnings With High School Degree $41,660

Wealth

Median Family Income $114,826
% Above Poverty Level 96.2%
% Below Poverty Level 3.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.9%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 20.1%
Median Gross Rent $999
Median House Value $305,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.6%
US/American 0%
English 7.7%
Irish 26%

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

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

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station MOUNT CARMEL
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
Station HARTFORD BRAINARD FIELD
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
Station BAKERSVILLE
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

Prospect Public Libraries

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Prospect Public Library
17 CENTER ST.
Prospect, Connecticut
(860) 758-3001

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