Thompson, Connecticut

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Thompson, Connecticut

Introduction to Thompson, Connecticut

Thompson, Connecticut, in Windham county, is 21 miles S of Worcester, Massachusetts (center to center) and 49 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. An estimated 8,878 people live in the town.

Thompson History

The territory which includes the present town of Thompson was originally inhabited by either the Nipmuck tribe or the Narragansett tribe. During 1670 - 1674, the Nipmucks rose to power and occupied a major portion, east of what is now Thompson Hill. They named it Quinnatisset. The breaking of King Philip's war caused the Nipmucks to join the Narragansetts and they were mostly destroyed. After King's Philip's defeat, an area of 5,000 acres was sold to non - resident Englishmen. In 1684, the area was divided into farms which were evenly distributed between Connecticut and Massachusetts after 1713. This led to the birth of the township of Killingly. In 1727, non resident land owners of Killingly together with Samuel Morris made an attempt to procure town privileges and so on May 1728 a society was officially incorporated that was later on named as Thompson parish, after Sir Robert Thompson, an English landholder. The first white man to settle here was Richard Dresser who purchased a place called Nashaway in 1707.

Thompson and nearby Attractions

  • Quaddick State Park
  • Brooklyn Historical Society Museum
  • Huntington Homestead
  • Chaplin Museum
  • Roseland Cottage
  • Bigelow Hollow State Park

Things To Do In Thompson

The town of Thompson is home to numerous parks including the Quaddick State Park, the Bigelow Hollow State Park, and the Mansfield Hollow State Park. There are various historical sites such as the Huntington Homestead, birthplace of Samuel Huntington who signed the Declaration of Independence. The Roseland Cottage, another historic site built in 1846, is a coral - colored Gothic Revival house with its own bowling alley.

Thompson Transportation

Air transportation facilities are available at Worcester Regional Airport.

Thompson Higher Education

College of the Holy Cross, Worcester State College, and Clark University are the centers of higher education.

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Comparative Profile of Thompson, Connecticut

Comparing Thompson 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 9 8
Age of the Population 7 4
Senior Citizens 5 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 4
Female Share of the Population 2 3
Racial Diversity 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 5
Average Household Size 6 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 5 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 7

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Thompson Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 21 miles S of Worcester, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 49 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Windham
Standard Zip Codes 06277
Phone Area Codes 860
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.958
Longitude -71.863

Thompson Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 2 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 35 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 51.2 inches
Distance 10.1 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 35 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 61 F
Annual Precip 53.1 inches
Distance 21.9 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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Thompson Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 8,878 100%
Male 4,437 50%
Female 4,441 50%
Under 18 2,220 25%
18+ 6,658 75%
65+ 1,182 13.3%
Median Age 38.5
Average Family Size 3.02
White 8,702 98%
African-American 37 0.4%
Asian 31 0.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 22 0.2%
Other 21 0.2%
Mixed Race 63 0.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 67 0.8%

Estimated Thompson Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 9,345
Growth 467
Growth % 5.3%

Thompson 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
French (except Basque) 23.9%
French Canadian 14.5%
Polish 11.4%
English 10.3%
Irish 9%
Italian 6.7%
German 4.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 3.8%
Swedish 2.9%
US/American 2.6%
Scottish 1.4%
Dutch 1.3%
Portuguese 1.2%
Canadian 0.8%
Greek 0.7%
Slovak 0.6%
Scotch-Irish 0.6%
Lithuanian 0.6%
Haitian 0.6%
Russian 0.3%
Norwegian 0.3%
Danish 0.3%
Welsh 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

East Thompson (06277)
Mechanicsville (06277)

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

Thompson Public Libraries

Thompson Public Library
Thompson, Connecticut
(860) 923-9779

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