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Overview

Introduction to Willington, Connecticut

Willington, Connecticut, in Tolland county, is 15 miles NE of Manchester, Connecticut and 69 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is part of the Hartford metropolitan statistical area.

Willington History

The town of Willington was established in May of 1727. Named after a community in England, Willington was primarily an agricultural town in its early years. However, the Industrial Revolution reinvented the Willimantic River as a valuable asset, and woolen mills were established along the river banks. The town's largest industry, a glass factory, started its operations in 1811. In recent times, the town's economy has been largely dependent on agriculture and manufacturing.

Willington and nearby Attractions

  • Connecticut State Museum of Natural History
  • Nathan Hale Homestead
  • William Benton Museum of Art
  • Fenton-Ruby Park and Wildlife Preserve
  • Brimfield State Forest
  • International Skating Center of Connecticut

Things To Do In Willington

Willington offers easy access to the William Benton Museum of Art, the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, the Hicks-Stearns Museum and the Mansfield Historical Society Museum. The Copernican Observatory & Planetarium, the International Skating Center of Connecticut and the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round are all accessible from Willington as well. The Brimfield State Forest offers camping, fishing, swimming, horseback riding and picnicking opportunities.

Willington Transportation

Bradley International is the closest major airport.

Willington Higher Education

Local colleges and universities include Eastern Connecticut State University, the University of Connecticut and Western New England College.

People

Total Population 5,961
Male Share of the Population 54.7%
Female Share of the Population 45.3%
Senior Citizens 12.9%
Employed Population 16+ 3,344
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 45.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 33.2%
Median Earnings25+ $45,636
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $31,035
Median Earnings With High School Degree $45,437

Wealth

Median Family Income $90,341
% Above Poverty Level 86%
% Below Poverty Level 14%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 22.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,036
Median House Value $229,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14%
US/American 0%
English 15%
Irish 14%

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

Willington Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 15 miles NE of Manchester, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 69 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Tolland
Metro Area Hartford
Standard Zip Codes 06279
Phone Area Codes 860
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.88
Longitude -72.26

Willington 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 STORRS
Distance 5.6 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 34 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 61 to 80 F
Oct Temp 41 to 61 F
Annual Precip 51.6 inches
Station MANSFIELD HOLLOW LAKE
Distance 9.8 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 WEST THOMPSON LAKE
Distance 19.2 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, Willington, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

East Willington (06279)

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

Willington Public Libraries

Library
Mary D. Edwards Public Library
111 RIVER RD.
Willington, Connecticut
(860) 429-3854
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