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Overview

Introduction to Redding, Connecticut

Redding, Connecticut, in Fairfield county, is 7 miles SE of Danbury, Connecticut (center to center) and 49 miles NE of New York, New York. As of the year 2000 census, 8,270 people lived in Redding.

Redding History

The town of Redding, officially incorporated in 1767, was named as Reading after the town in Berkshire, United Kingdom. The spelling of its name was changed after 1767, but it was made official by the US Post Office in the mid 1880s. Cyprian Nichols was the first person to receive a land grant in 1687. The town was also the final home of the renowned author Mark Twain.

Redding and nearby Attractions

  • Huntington State Park
  • Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Putnam Memorial Park
  • Barnum Museum
  • John Jay Homestead Historic Site
  • Weir Farm National Historic Site

Things To Do In Redding

Redding is home to a number of local museums such as the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art and the Barnum Museum. Tourists may visit various historic sites such as the John Jay Homestead Historic Site and the Weir Farm National Historic Site. The Weir Farm National Historic Site was the summer retreat of the famous American painter, J. Alden Weir, between 1852 and 1919. Visitors will enjoy the 878 - acre Huntington State Park as it provides fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and canoeing opportunities.

Redding Transportation

Danbury Municiapl Airport is located at a short distance away.

Redding Higher Education

Higher education centers located close to Redding are the University of Bridgeport, Western Connecticut State University, and Fairfield University.

People

Total Population 9,267
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 20.3%
Employed Population 16+ 4,377
Age of the Population 49

Families

% of people married 60.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 70.1%
Median Earnings25+ $69,386
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $36,125

Wealth

Median Family Income $157,568
% Above Poverty Level 96.3%
% Below Poverty Level 3.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 36 minutes
% Working from Home 6.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.6%
% Using Public Transportation 4.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 26.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,340
Median House Value $618,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13%
US/American 0%
English 16%
Irish 22.6%

Redding Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles SE of Danbury, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 49 miles NE of New York, New York
County Fairfield
Standard Zip Codes 06896
Phone Area Codes 203
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.302
Longitude -73.383

Redding 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 DANBURY
Distance 7 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 35 F
Apr Temp 36 to 60 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 62 F
Annual Precip 51.7 inches
Station NORWALK GAS PLANT
Distance 13 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 64 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches
Station STAMFORD 5 N
Distance 15.5 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 52.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Redding, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

West Redding (06896)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Redding Public Libraries

Library
Mark Twain Library
439 REDDING RD.
Redding, Connecticut
(203) 938-2545
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100 BLACK ROCK TPKE.
203-938-2508
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Student/teacher ratio: 12.2

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