Stafford, Connecticut

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Stafford, Connecticut

Introduction to Stafford, Connecticut

Stafford, Connecticut, in Tolland county, is 17 miles SE of Springfield, Massachusetts and 68 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is located in the Hartford metropolitan area. Stafford has a population of 11,307.

Stafford History

Stafford was originally a rural agricultural community. Later on, industries flourished in this area due to the easy availability of water power. The first railroad entered the town in the mid-1800s and enabled Stafford to connect with the rest of New England. The town also had a trolley connection to Rockville, Connecticut. A number of factories in Stafford manufactured cannonballs and other war supplies during the Civil War.

Stafford and nearby Attractions

  • Shenipsit State Forest
  • Stafford Historical Society Museum
  • Staffordville Lake
  • Civilian Conservation Corps Museum
  • Holland Pond Recreation Area
  • Six Flags New England

Things To Do In Stafford

While staying in Stafford, you can plan a family day trip to the Bigelow Hollow State Park. You can also spend your leisure hours at the Sandy Beach on Crystal Lake. In addition, the town has several ball fields, tennis courts and soccer fields. The Zoo in Forest Park and Six Flags New England are also nearby. Apart from these, the recreation department of Stafford organizes a number of events and programs throughout the year.

Stafford Transportation

Air transportation is available from Westover ARB Metropolitan Airport.

Stafford Higher Education

The University of Connecticut, Springfield College and Western New England College offer facilities for higher studies.

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Comparative Profile of Stafford, Connecticut

Comparing Stafford 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
Male Share of the Population 8 6
Age of the Population 7 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 5 7
Senior Citizens 4 4
Female Share of the Population 3 5
Racial Diversity 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 7 4
Average Household Size 6 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 4 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 6

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Stafford Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 17 miles SE of Springfield, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 68 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Tolland
Metro Area Hartford
Standard Zip Codes 06076
P.O. Box Zip Codes 06075
Phone Area Codes 860
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.984
Longitude -72.289

Stafford Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 12.1 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 33 F
Apr Temp 33 to 57 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 37 to 61 F
Annual Precip 47.4 inches
Station STORRS
Distance 12.9 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 34 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 61 to 80 F
Oct Temp 41 to 61 F
Annual Precip 51.6 inches
Distance 17.1 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 35 F
Apr Temp 34 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 51.5 inches
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Stafford Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 11,307 100%
Male 5,537 49%
Female 5,770 51%
Under 18 2,885 25.5%
18+ 8,422 74.5%
65+ 1,408 12.5%
Median Age 37.8
Average Family Size 3.04
White 10,956 96.9%
African-American 72 0.6%
Asian 103 0.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 29 0.3%
Other 57 0.5%
Mixed Race 90 0.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 187 1.7%

Estimated Stafford Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 11,857
Growth 550
Growth % 4.9%

Stafford 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 19.4%
Irish 15.6%
French (except Basque) 15.4%
English 7.9%
Polish 7.7%
German 7.3%
French Canadian 6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 5.5%
US/American 2.5%
Scottish 1.4%
Swedish 1.3%
Scotch-Irish 1.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.9%
Norwegian 0.6%
Russian 0.6%
Portuguese 0.6%
Lithuanian 0.6%
Czech 0.5%
European 0.5%
Dutch 0.5%
Hungarian 0.5%
Finnish 0.4%
Lebanese 0.4%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Canadian 0.3%
Slovak 0.3%
Eastern European 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
British 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Stafford Springs (06076)
West Stafford (06076)

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

Stafford Public Libraries

Stafford Library Association
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(860) 684-2852

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