Simsbury, Connecticut

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Simsbury, Connecticut

Introduction to Simsbury, Connecticut

Simsbury, Connecticut, in Hartford county, is 8 miles N of West Hartford, Connecticut and 95 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is located in the Hartford metropolitan area. Simsbury has a population of 23,234.

Simsbury History

Simsbury was originally inhabited by Native American tribes. It was officially incorporated in 1670. The early European settlers in this area were from Windsor, Connecticut. However, these settlers returned to Windsor after six years and came back once again in 1676. The area was named after Symondsbury, England. In 1728, the first steel mill of the country was opened in Simsbury.

Simsbury and nearby Attractions

  • Stratton Brook State Park
  • Phelps Tavern Museum
  • Talcott Mountain State Park
  • International Skating Center of Connecticut
  • Science Center of Connecticut
  • Six Flags New England

Things To Do In Simsbury

Simsbury offers a number of recreational activities. You can enjoy your leisure hours at the Schultz Park, Curtis Park, Stratton Brook State Park, Tariffville Park, Simsbury State Wildlife Area and Weatogue Park. You can also visit the Phelps Tavern Museum and Homestead and the Massaco Plantation Historic Village. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy the world class facilities offered by the Simsbury Farms Recreation Complex and Public Golf Course. Simsbury Town Shops Shopping Center offers quality shopping facilities.

Simsbury Transportation

International flights are available from Bradley International Airport.

Simsbury Higher Education

The University of Hartford, Trinity College and Manchester Community College are close to the town.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Simsbury College Educated Adults
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Simsbury Low Violent Crime
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Simsbury Low Property Crime

Comparative Profile of Simsbury, Connecticut

Comparing Simsbury 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
Children Under 5 Years Old 7 9
Male Share of the Population 7 5
Female Share of the Population 4 6
Senior Citizens 4 5
Racial Diversity 4 5


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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 10 8
Low Property Crime 10 9

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Simsbury Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles N of West Hartford, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 95 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Hartford
Metro Area Hartford
Standard Zip Codes 06070, 06081, 06089, 06092
Phone Area Codes 860
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.875
Longitude -72.801

Simsbury Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 7.3 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 34 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 63 F
Annual Precip 46.1 inches
Distance 11.2 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
Station NORFOLK 2 SW
Distance 22.3 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 29 F
Apr Temp 33 to 53 F
Jul Temp 58 to 78 F
Oct Temp 38 to 57 F
Annual Precip 53.8 inches
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Simsbury Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 23,234 100%
Male 11,296 48.6%
Female 11,938 51.4%
Under 18 6,858 29.5%
18+ 16,376 70.5%
65+ 2,906 12.5%
Median Age 39.6
Average Family Size 3.12
White 22,142 95.3%
African-American 271 1.2%
Asian 493 2.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 20 0.1%
Other 61 0.3%
Mixed Race 240 1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 358 1.5%

Estimated Simsbury Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 23,656
Growth 422
Growth % 1.8%

Simsbury 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
Irish 17%
English 12.4%
Italian 12.1%
German 10.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.6%
US/American 6.2%
Polish 5.2%
French (except Basque) 3.7%
French Canadian 3.1%
Russian 2.9%
Scottish 2.1%
European 1.7%
Swedish 1.4%
Dutch 1.3%
Scotch-Irish 1%
Lithuanian 0.9%
Swiss 0.8%
Greek 0.8%
Norwegian 0.8%
Ukrainian 0.6%
Danish 0.5%
Hungarian 0.5%
British 0.5%
Slovak 0.4%
Northern European 0.4%
Welsh 0.4%
Portuguese 0.3%
Eastern European 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
African 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
Jamaican 0.2%
Albanian 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Simbury (06070)

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

Simsbury Public Libraries

Simsbury Public Library
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Student/teacher ratio: 13.5

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