Stratford, Connecticut

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Stratford, Connecticut

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 has a population of 49,976.

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.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 11% Stratford Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Stratford, Connecticut

Comparing Stratford 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
Senior Citizens 10 10
Age of the Population 10 7
Female Share of the Population 9 10
Racial Diversity 6 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 5
Male Share of the Population 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 6 3
Average Household Size 5 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 6 4


Characteristic Compared
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to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 7 2
Low Property Crime 6 2

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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

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
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
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
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
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Stratford Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 49,976 100%
Male 23,539 47.1%
Female 26,437 52.9%
Under 18 11,506 23%
18+ 38,470 77%
65+ 9,593 19.2%
Median Age 40.3
Average Family Size 3.04
White 42,361 84.8%
African-American 4,892 9.8%
Asian 700 1.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 82 0.2%
Other 1,071 2.1%
Mixed Race 853 1.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 3,399 6.8%

Estimated Stratford Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 49,943
Growth -33
Growth % -0.1%

Stratford 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 21.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.8%
Irish 13.4%
Polish 8.5%
German 5.5%
Slovak 5.1%
English 4.9%
US/American 2.5%
Russian 2.2%
French (except Basque) 2.1%
Hungarian 2.1%
French Canadian 1.6%
Swedish 1.2%
Scottish 1.1%
Portuguese 1.1%
Scotch-Irish 0.9%
Jamaican 0.8%
Greek 0.8%
Ukrainian 0.8%
Haitian 0.7%
Lithuanian 0.6%
Czechoslovakian 0.6%
Dutch 0.4%
Czech 0.4%
Norwegian 0.3%
European 0.3%
Cape Verdean 0.3%
Syrian 0.3%
Lebanese 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
Albanian 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
African 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
British 0.2%
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Stratford Public Libraries

Stratford Library Association
2203 MAIN ST.
Stratford, Connecticut
(203) 385-4166
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Stratford High Schools (2004)

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.7

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Student/teacher ratio: 13.7

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