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Overview

Introduction to Willimantic, Connecticut

Willimantic benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Hartford metropolitan area. The town contains a population of approximately 15,823.

Willimantic History

Willimantic is an Algonquin Indian term meaning "land of the swift running water." The construction of Charles Lee's factory on Main Street catalyzed the growth of Willimantic community. In the 1820s, a number of factories were built in Willimantic. It was incorporated as a city in 1893. Railroads were constructed in 1849 which added to the growth of Willimantic. Willimantic was also known as the "Thread City," due to the production of silk, cotton and rayon threads. The last major mill in the area was closed down in 1985.

Willimantic and nearby Attractions

  • Windham Textile and History Museum
  • Willimantic Public Library
  • Ebenezer Lutheran Church
  • Bridge Street Plaza Shopping Center
  • Lautor Park
  • Main Street Historic District

Things To Do In Willimantic

The Jillson House Museum and the Windham Textile and History Museum house some interesting exhibits, which shed light on the local culture and history. One can also visit the Grant Medical Library, the Willimantic Public Library, Williamantic Town Hall, J. Eugene Smith Library and Dunham Hall Library to learn more about the region. The Bridge Street Plaza Shopping Center and the Willimantic Plaza Shopping Center are also very popular tourist haunts.

Willimantic Transportation

The Groton-New London Airport offers facilities for air transportation.

Willimantic Higher Education

Eastern Connecticut State University is the local institute of higher learning. The University of Connecticut is also nearby.

People

Total Population 17,411
Male Share of the Population 46.8%
Female Share of the Population 53.2%
Senior Citizens 9%
Employed Population 16+ 7,483
Age of the Population 27

Families

% of people married 23.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.2%
Median Earnings25+ $26,070
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,686
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,704

Wealth

Median Family Income $38,261
% Above Poverty Level 71.8%
% Below Poverty Level 28.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 12.3%
% Using Public Transportation 2.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 30.2%
Median Gross Rent $777
Median House Value $143,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 49.2%
US/American 0%
English 6%
Irish 12.1%

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

Willimantic Almanac

Category Value
County Windham
Metro Area Hartford
Standard Zip Codes 06226
Phone Area Codes 860
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.71
Longitude -72.208

Willimantic 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 MANSFIELD HOLLOW LAKE
Distance 3 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
Station HARTFORD BRAINARD FIELD
Distance 22.8 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 36 F
Apr Temp 38 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 44.2 inches
Station WEST THOMPSON LAKE
Distance 23 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Chestnut Hill (06226)

Conantville (06226)

Perkins Corner (06226)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Danielson 4,026 $42,469
Hartford 124,795 $34,628
Norwich 40,254 $58,207
Storrs 15,914 $114,130

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

Willimantic Hospitals

WINDHAM COMM MEM HOSP & HATCH HOSP
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
112 MANSFIELD AVE
(860) 456-9116
Emergency Service: Yes

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Willimantic High Schools

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WINDHAM HIGH SCHOOL
355 HIGH ST.
860-465-2480
Serves 995 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13

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860-456-3879
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Serves 535 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.4

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