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Overview

Introduction to Waterbury, Connecticut

Waterbury, the fifth largest city in Connecticut as of the 2000 census, is located on the Naugatuck River in New Haven County, 33 miles southwest of Hartford and 23 miles north of New Haven. Conveniently located at the junction of Interstate-84 and State Highway 8, Waterbury is often referred to as the 'capital' of Western Connecticut, serving as the metropolitan center of a beautiful 13-town region known as the Central Naugatuck Valley Region (CNVR). Originally settled in 1674, Waterbury was once known as Mattatuck (a derivation of the Algonquin Indian name for the area, "Matetacoke", meaning "place without trees") but changed its name when admitted into the Connecticut colony in 1686. The name Waterbury was chosen due to the large number of streams flowing into the Naugatuck. Waterbury was incorporated as a city in 1853.

For years, Waterbury was noted for its leading role in the manufacture of brass ware (including finishings and castings), leading to the city's nickname of Brass City. In particular, Waterbury was famous for the manufacture of watches and clocks. Appropriately, the city's motto, inscribed in marble above the City Hall entrance, is "Quid Aere Perennius", whose English translation is "What Is More Lasting Than Brass?" Today, Waterbury is also known for its advanced technology, historic architecture, and vibrant art.

Attractions in and around Waterbury:

Waterbury and its surrounding areas offer much in the realm of artistic, cultural, and entertainment venues. Attractions in Waterbury itself include:

  • Palace Theater: A 1920 historic landmark which has recently undergone a $30 million renovation
  • The Mattatuck Museum: Offers a wide variety of tours focusing on the art, architecture and history of the Greater Waterbury Region
  • The Timexpo Museum: Explores the history of the watch and clock industry in Waterbury and the Timex heritage
  • Railroad Museum of New England: Offers a scenic train ride through the Mattatuck State Forest

Nearby attractions include the following:

  • The Thomaston Opera House: Built in 1884. Enrico Caruso is among the notables who have performed there
  • Railroad Museum of New England (Thomaston)
  • Black Rock State Park (Thomaston)
  • Branchbrook Campground (Thomaston)
  • Clockwork Repertory Theater (Oakville)
  • Golden Age of Trucking Museum (Middlebury)
  • Hetzel Refuge (Middlebury)
  • Larkin Bridle Trail (Naugatuck)
  • Quassy Amusement Park (Lake Quassapaug, Middlebury)

Sports fans can find professional teams playing within reasonable travel distance from Waterbury. New Britain is located approximately 20 miles northeast of Waterbury, and is home to the Rock Cats, a Minor League Baseball Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins and member of the Eastern League. An additional 13-mile drive in the same direction will find the city of Hartford, home to the American Hockey League's Wolf Pack, an affiliate of the New York Rangers. About 23 miles from Waterbury in the southerly direction is the city of New Haven, in which fans of pro sports can enjoy baseball played by the New Haven Cutters, an independent team which plays in the Can-Am (Canadian-American Association of Pro Baseball) League. Fans of college sports will recognize New Haven as home to Yale University and the Yale Bulldogs.

People

Total Population 109,551
Male Share of the Population 48.5%
Female Share of the Population 51.5%
Senior Citizens 12.2%
Employed Population 16+ 44,529
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 35.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.2%
Median Earnings25+ $32,488
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,117
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,745

Wealth

Median Family Income $48,177
% Above Poverty Level 74.9%
% Below Poverty Level 25.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.6%
% Using Public Transportation 4.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 32%
Median Gross Rent $902
Median House Value $134,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 49.9%
US/American 0%
English 2.6%
Irish 8.7%

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

Waterbury Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 74 miles NE of New York, New York
County New Haven
Standard Zip Codes 06702, 06704, 06705, 06706, 06708, 06710, 06712, 06716
P.O. Box Zip Codes 06703, 06720, 06721, 06722, 06723, 06724, 06725, 06726
Company Zip Codes 06701, 06749
Phone Area Codes 203
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.558
Longitude -73.051

Waterbury 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 WIGWAM RESERVOIR
Distance 8.6 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
Station MOUNT CARMEL
Distance 13.5 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
Station BAKERSVILLE
Distance 20.3 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ansonia 19,035 $61,585
Bantam 842 $94,167
Bristol 60,554 $73,927
Litchfield 8,306 $102,209
Meriden 60,439 $65,023
Naugatuck 31,722 $77,538

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

Waterbury Hospitals

ST MARYS HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
56 FRANKLIN ST
(203) 574-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

WATERBURY HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
64 ROBBINS ST
(203) 573-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Waterbury High Schools

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JOHN F. KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL
422 HIGHLAND AVE.
203-574-8150
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,359 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.9

CROSBY HIGH SCHOOL
300 PIERPONT RD.
203-574-8061
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,337 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.7

WILBY HIGH SCHOOL
568 BUCKS HILL RD.
203-574-8100
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,123 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.8

W. F. KAYNOR V-T SCHOOL
43 TOMPKINS ST.
203-596-4302
A Vocational School
Serves 766 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.3

STATE STREET SCHOOL
35 STATE ST.
203-574-8028
A Special Education School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 323 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.9

HOMEBOUND
236 GRAND STREET
203-574-8004
A Non-traditional School

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