Willington, Connecticut

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Willington, Connecticut

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. About 5,959 people live in Willington.

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.

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Comparative Profile of Willington, Connecticut

Comparing Willington 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
Male Share of the Population 9 9
Racial Diversity 5 7
Age of the Population 3 1
Female Share of the Population 2 3
Senior Citizens 2 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 6 3
Average Household Size 6 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 8 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 6 2

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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

  • 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
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
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
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Willington Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,959 100%
Male 2,981 50%
Female 2,978 50%
Under 18 1,247 20.9%
18+ 4,712 79.1%
65+ 460 7.7%
Median Age 33.6
Average Family Size 2.97
White 5,605 94.1%
African-American 58 1%
Asian 180 3%
American Indian & Alaskan 7 0.1%
Other 37 0.6%
Mixed Race 67 1.1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 108 1.8%

Estimated Willington Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 6,216
Growth 257
Growth % 4.3%

Willington 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 13.9%
Irish 11.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.1%
German 7.5%
English 7.4%
Polish 7.3%
French (except Basque) 7.2%
French Canadian 6.6%
US/American 5.2%
Scottish 2.7%
Lithuanian 2%
Portuguese 2%
Ukrainian 1.9%
Czech 1.8%
Hungarian 1.7%
Swedish 1.6%
Scotch-Irish 1.4%
Czechoslovakian 1.4%
Greek 1.3%
British 1.2%
Dutch 1.1%
Russian 0.9%
Slovak 0.9%
Austrian 0.7%
Norwegian 0.5%
Slavic 0.5%
Lebanese 0.3%
Canadian 0.2%
Arab/Arabic 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
Celtic 0.2%
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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

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