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Overview

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.

People

Total Population 2,948
Male Share of the Population 51.5%
Female Share of the Population 48.5%
Senior Citizens 23.8%
Employed Population 16+ 1,331
Age of the Population 46

Families

% of people married 47.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $71,842
% Above Poverty Level 92.4%
% Below Poverty Level 7.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 1.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 36.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,017
Median House Value $198,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.2%
US/American 0%
English 19.2%
Irish 30%

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

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

Notes:

  • 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
Station GREENPORT POWER HOUSE
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
Station MANSFIELD HOLLOW LAKE
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

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

Library
Waterford Public Library
49 ROPE FERRY RD.
Waterford, Connecticut
(860) 444-5805
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Waterford High Schools

WATERFORD HIGH SCHOOL
20 ROPE FERRY RD.
860-437-6956
Serves 962 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14

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