Waterford, Connecticut

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Waterford, Connecticut

Introduction to Waterford, Connecticut

Waterford, Connecticut, in New London county, is 36 miles SE of Manchester, Connecticut and 89 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is included in the New London - Norwich metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 19,152 people lived in Waterford.

Waterford History

the first European settlers arrived in this town in 1653. It continued to be a part of New London until it became an independent township in 1801. Waterford was named after Waterford in Ireland. The famous Waterford Speedbowl opened in April 1951.

Waterford and nearby Attractions

  • Connecticut College Arboretum
  • Eugene O'Neill Theater Center
  • Waterford Beach
  • Harkness State Memorial Park
  • Waterford Speedbowl

Things To Do In Waterford

Waterford is surrounded by water on three of it sides, with the Niantic and Thames rivers flowing through its western and eastern boundaries, respectively, and the Long Island Sound bordering Waterford to the south. The Harkness State Memorial Park offers beautiful views of the Long Island Sound and is an ideal place to relax and pursue a range of recreational activities including fishing, golf, and tours of the Eolia mansion.

Waterford Transportation

Air transport is available from Tweed-New Haven Airport.

Waterford Higher Education

Eastern Connecticut State University, the University Of Connecticut and Wesleyan University provide facilities for higher education.

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Comparative Profile of Waterford, Connecticut

Comparing Waterford 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
Age of the Population 10 9
Senior Citizens 9 10
Female Share of the Population 6 8
Male Share of the Population 5 3
Racial Diversity 5 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 7 4
Average Household Size 4 3


Characteristic Compared
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to State
College Educated Adults 7 4


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Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 7


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Low Property Crime 6 2
Low Violent Crime 5 2

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Waterford Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 36 miles SE of Manchester, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 89 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County New London
Metro Area New London - Norwich
Standard Zip Codes 06385
Company Zip Codes 06386
Phone Area Codes 860
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.34
Longitude -72.14

Waterford Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station GROTON
Distance 5.6 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 38 F
Apr Temp 38 to 56 F
Jul Temp 63 to 81 F
Oct Temp 43 to 63 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches
Distance 20.4 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 55 F
Jul Temp 66 to 80 F
Oct Temp 48 to 63 F
Annual Precip 45.9 inches
Distance 28.4 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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Waterford Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 19,152 100%
Male 9,181 47.9%
Female 9,971 52.1%
Under 18 4,185 21.9%
18+ 14,967 78.1%
65+ 3,644 19%
Median Age 41.7
Average Family Size 2.91
White 17,699 92.4%
African-American 426 2.2%
Asian 481 2.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 91 0.5%
Other 142 0.7%
Mixed Race 310 1.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 459 2.4%

Estimated Waterford Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 18,940
Growth -212
Growth % -1.1%

Waterford 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 20.1%
Irish 17.2%
English 11.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.7%
German 6.1%
Polish 5.9%
French (except Basque) 4.8%
US/American 3.5%
French Canadian 3.1%
Greek 2.6%
Portuguese 2.2%
Scotch-Irish 2%
Scottish 1.9%
Swedish 1.9%
Norwegian 1%
European 0.7%
Russian 0.7%
Dutch 0.7%
Ukrainian 0.5%
Hungarian 0.4%
Canadian 0.4%
British 0.4%
Lithuanian 0.4%
Danish 0.3%
Finnish 0.3%
Jamaican 0.3%
Lebanese 0.3%
Croatian 0.2%
Haitian 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Jordan Village (06385)
Millstone (06385)

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

Waterford Public Libraries

Waterford Public Library
Waterford, Connecticut
(860) 444-5805
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Wal-mart in Waterford

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155 Waterford Parkway No.
(860) 447-3646
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Serves 962 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14

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