Westbrook, Connecticut

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Westbrook, Connecticut

Introduction to Westbrook, Connecticut

Westbrook, Connecticut, in Middlesex county, is 24 miles E of Hamden, Connecticut and 88 miles NE of New York, New York. The town's population is approximately 6,292.

Westbrook History

Westbrook is located to the west of the Patchogue River and east of the Menunketesuck River. It is a part of the Saybrook Plantation, and was first settled in 1638. It was then known as Patchogue. In its early years, the area's economy depended largely on the shipbuilding industry. David Bushnell, inventor of the submarine, was a resident of Westbrook. His wood-and-steel submarine, called the American Turtle, was built in 1776. The community was named Westbrook in 1810, and officially incorporated as a town in 1840.

Westbrook and nearby Attractions

  • Connecticut River Museum
  • Museum of Fife and Drum
  • Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park
  • Hammonasset Beach State Park
  • Salt Meadow National Wildlife Refuge
  • Essex Steam Train

Things To Do In Westbrook

The town of Westbrook is home to two museums - the Military Historians Westbrook Museum and the Museum of Early Engineering Technology. Also close by is the Connecticut River Museum, which showcases exhibits highlighting the history of the Connecticut River valley. The Mystic Marine Life Aquarium, the Essex Steam Train, the Gillette Castle State Park, the Mystic Seaport and the Ocean Beach Park are all nearby as well. The Hammonasset Beach State Park offers mountain biking, scuba diving, hiking, camping and fishing opportunities, while the 330-acre Chatfield Hollow State Park is also a popular local destination.

Westbrook Transportation

The Tweed-New Haven Airport is close by.

Westbrook Higher Education

Higher education can be pursued at Quinnipiac University, Wesleyan University and Gateway Community College.

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Comparative Profile of Westbrook, Connecticut

Comparing Westbrook 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 9 9
Senior Citizens 8 9
Male Share of the Population 8 6
Racial Diversity 4 6
Female Share of the Population 4 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 6 4
Average Household Size 4 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 8 5


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Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10

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Westbrook Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 24 miles E of Hamden, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 88 miles NE of New York, New York
County Middlesex
Standard Zip Codes 06498
Phone Area Codes 860
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.285
Longitude -72.448

Westbrook Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 13.5 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 23 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
Distance 24.8 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
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Westbrook Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 6,292 100%
Male 3,078 48.9%
Female 3,214 51.1%
Under 18 1,369 21.8%
18+ 4,923 78.2%
65+ 1,079 17.1%
Median Age 41.5
Average Family Size 2.93
White 6,025 95.8%
African-American 44 0.7%
Asian 98 1.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 8 0.1%
Other 45 0.7%
Mixed Race 65 1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 158 2.5%

Estimated Westbrook Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 6,599
Growth 307
Growth % 4.9%

Westbrook 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 17.3%
Irish 14.2%
English 13.6%
German 10.5%
US/American 9.1%
French (except Basque) 5%
Polish 4.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 3.4%
Swedish 3.2%
French Canadian 2.7%
Russian 2.2%
Scottish 1.3%
Yugoslavian 1.3%
Scotch-Irish 1.2%
Danish 1.2%
Hungarian 1%
Arab/Arabic 0.9%
Brazilian 0.8%
Lithuanian 0.7%
Norwegian 0.7%
Greek 0.6%
Dutch 0.6%
Latvian 0.4%
British 0.4%
European 0.4%
Portuguese 0.4%
Austrian 0.3%
Slovak 0.3%
Finnish 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
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Westbrook Public Library
Westbrook, Connecticut
(860) 399-6422

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Student/teacher ratio: 11.2

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