Thomaston, Connecticut

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Thomaston, Connecticut

Introduction to Thomaston, Connecticut

Thomaston, Connecticut, in Litchfield county, is 6 miles W of Bristol, Connecticut (center to center) and 80 miles NE of New York, New York. The town has a population of 7,503.

Thomaston History

The town of Thomaston, officially incorporated in 1875, was named after an area entrepreneur, Seth Thomas. Originally, Thomaston was a part of Plymouth, Connecticut and was known as Plymouth Hollow. The town was first settled in the early 17th century. Seth Thomas's clock factory is still located in Thomaston.

Thomaston and nearby Attractions

  • Black Rock State Park
  • Barnes Museum
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe House
  • Stanley - Whitman House
  • Dennis Hill State Park

Things To Do In Thomaston

Tourists coming to Thomaston will find two major historic sites, which are the Harriet Beecher Stowe House and the Stanley - Whitman House. Built in 1871, the Harriet Beecher Stowe House was home to the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin. The Stanley - Whitman House is a wooden frame house that was built during the 18th century. The Black Rock State Park and the Dennis Hill State Park offer tourists ample recreational opportunities. The Barnes Museum, another local attraction, displays antique furniture, glassware, and other household items built by Arnon Bradley in 1836.

Thomaston Transportation

Bradley International Airport provides air transportation.

Thomaston Higher Education

Facilities for higher education are available at Naugatuck Valley Community College, Central Connecticut State University, and Quinnipiac University.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Violent Crime
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Top 2% trophy Thomaston Low Violent Crime
Low Property Crime
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Top 9% Thomaston Low Property Crime

Comparative Profile of Thomaston, Connecticut

Comparing Thomaston 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 7
Age of the Population 7 4
Senior Citizens 4 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 4
Female Share of the Population 3 4
Racial Diversity 2 2


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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 5 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 5 2


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

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Thomaston Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles W of Bristol, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 80 miles NE of New York, New York
County Litchfield
Standard Zip Codes 06778, 06787
Phone Area Codes 860
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.673
Longitude -73.073

Thomaston Climate

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  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 3.1 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 34 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 51 inches
Distance 12.5 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
Distance 20.4 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 36 F
Apr Temp 39 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 43 to 62 F
Annual Precip 52.3 inches
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Thomaston Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 7,503 100%
Male 3,699 49.3%
Female 3,804 50.7%
Under 18 1,899 25.3%
18+ 5,604 74.7%
65+ 909 12.1%
Median Age 37.8
Average Family Size 3.07
White 7,342 97.9%
African-American 45 0.6%
Asian 37 0.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 8 0.1%
Other 31 0.4%
Mixed Race 40 0.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 109 1.5%

Estimated Thomaston Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 7,938
Growth 435
Growth % 5.8%

Thomaston 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 21.4%
Irish 18.1%
English 10%
Polish 8.8%
French (except Basque) 8.6%
German 6.9%
French Canadian 6.8%
US/American 4.4%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 2.9%
Lithuanian 2.7%
Scottish 2.3%
Swedish 1.4%
Scotch-Irish 1.2%
Portuguese 1.1%
Canadian 0.5%
Welsh 0.4%
Lebanese 0.4%
Russian 0.4%
Ukrainian 0.2%
Greek 0.2%
Dutch 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
British 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Northfield (06778, 06787)

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

Thomaston Public Libraries

Thomaston Public Library
248 MAIN ST.
Thomaston, Connecticut
(860) 283-4339
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Serves 571 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13

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Student/teacher ratio: 7

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