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Overview

Introduction to Stratford, Connecticut

Stratford, Connecticut, in Fairfield county, is 3 miles E of Bridgeport, Connecticut and 53 miles NE of New York, New York. The town is considered part of the Bridgeport metropolitan area.

Stratford History

Stratford was founded as part of the Great Migration in 1639 by Reverend Adam Blakeman, the Puritan leader. William Beardsley and several other English families seeking religious freedom were the first European settlers in the area. It was originally known as Cupheag, but the early settlers renamed it after an English town. Until his death in 1665, Blakeman ruled Stratford. However, the Connecticut government assumed political control over the town in the late 1600s. The first Anglican church of Connecticut was also built in the town in 1707.

Stratford and nearby Attractions

  • Boothe Memorial Park & Museum
  • John A. Minetto State Park
  • Capt. David Judson House
  • Garbage Museum
  • Beardsley Zoological Gardens
  • Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

Things To Do In Stratford

You can visit the Judson House Museum, the Boothe Memorial Museum, the Catharine B. Mitchell Museum and the National Helicopter Museum while staying at Stratford. Long Beach and Russian Beach are also ideal destinations for spending your leisure time. Short Beach offers three picnic pavilions, a skateboard park and courts for basketball, volleyball, softball and tennis. You can also opt for a day trip to the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge. The Roosevelt Forest is also worth visiting.

Stratford Transportation

Igor I. Sikorsky Memorial Airport is nearby.

Stratford Higher Education

Higher educational facilities are offered by Sacred Heart University, the University of New Haven, Gateway Community College and Fairfield University.

People

Total Population 52,316
Male Share of the Population 46.6%
Female Share of the Population 53.4%
Senior Citizens 19.2%
Employed Population 16+ 26,064
Age of the Population 44

Families

% of people married 49.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 31.3%
Median Earnings25+ $44,110
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $31,144
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,600

Wealth

Median Family Income $85,065
% Above Poverty Level 92.1%
% Below Poverty Level 7.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 3.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.1%
% Using Public Transportation 7.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 28.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,199
Median House Value $249,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 30.1%
US/American 0.1%
English 5.9%
Irish 17.4%

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

Stratford Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles E of Bridgeport, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 53 miles NE of New York, New York
County Fairfield
Standard Zip Codes 06497, 06614, 06615
Phone Area Codes 203
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.184
Longitude -73.133

Stratford 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 BRIDGEPORT SIKORSKY AP
Distance 1.2 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 37 F
Apr Temp 41 to 57 F
Jul Temp 66 to 82 F
Oct Temp 46 to 63 F
Annual Precip 44.1 inches
Station NORWALK GAS PLANT
Distance 15.5 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 MOUNT CARMEL
Distance 19.2 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

Stratford Public Libraries

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Stratford Library Association
2203 MAIN ST.
Stratford, Connecticut
(203) 385-4166
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Stratford High Schools

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BUNNELL HIGH SCHOOL
1 BULLDOG BLVD.
203-385-4250
Serves 1,352 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.7

STRATFORD HIGH SCHOOL
45 NORTH PARADE
203-385-4230
Serves 959 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.7

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1000 EAST BROADWAY
203-385-4210
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