Wilton, Connecticut

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Wilton, Connecticut

Introduction to Wilton, Connecticut

Wilton, Connecticut, in Fairfield county, is 5 miles N of Norwalk, Connecticut and 42 miles NE of New York, New York. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Stamford - Norwalk metropolitan area with. Wilton contains a population of approximately 17,633.

Wilton History

The land between the Norwalk and Saugatuck Rivers was purchased by Roger Ludlow from Native Americans in 1640. The area was then known as Norwalk. The first European settlements were established in the Norwalk River Valley at the end of the 17th century. This area came to be known as Wilton, after the English town. The first meeting house was constructed in Wilton in 1726. The official incorporation of the town took place in 1802. Shoemaking, carriage building, distilleries and shirt making industries were established here in the 19th century.

Wilton and nearby Attractions

  • Wilton Heritage Museum
  • Weir Farm National Historic Site
  • Wilton Riding Club
  • Town Forest
  • Woodcock Nature Center
  • Silvermine Golf Club

Things To Do In Wilton

Those interested in the history and culture of the area can visit the Weir Farm National Historic Site and the Wilton Heritage Museum. The Woodcock Nature Center, Cherry Lane Park, Allens Meadows Park and Schencks Island Park are ideal places to visit as well. One can also enjoy sports and other fitness activities at the Wilton Riding Club, the Silvermine Golf Club and the Rolling Hills Country Club. The Cannon Grange Agricultural Fair and the Wilton Rotary Carnival are some of the annual celebrations in the town of Wilton.

Wilton Transportation

Danbury Municipal Airport provides air transportation facilities.

Wilton Higher Education

Norwalk Community College, the University of Bridgeport and Fairfield University are close by.

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High Points

Wilton strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Connecticut):

Category Trophy
College Educated Adults
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Top 1% trophy Wilton College Educated Adults
Low Property Crime
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Top 3% trophy Wilton Low Property Crime
Low Violent Crime
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Top 4% trophy Wilton Low Violent Crime

Comparative Profile of Wilton, Connecticut

Comparing Wilton 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 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 9 10
Male Share of the Population 6 4
Female Share of the Population 5 7
Racial Diversity 4 6
Senior Citizens 4 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 10
Average Household Size 9 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 10 10
Low Violent Crime 10 9

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Wilton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles N of Norwalk, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 42 miles NE of New York, New York
County Fairfield
Standard Zip Codes 06897
Phone Area Codes 203
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.195
Longitude -73.438

Wilton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 5.6 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 64 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches
Station STAMFORD 5 N
Distance 8 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 52.7 inches
Distance 16 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 37 F
Apr Temp 41 to 57 F
Jul Temp 66 to 82 F
Oct Temp 46 to 63 F
Annual Precip 44.1 inches
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Wilton Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 17,633 100%
Male 8,541 48.4%
Female 9,092 51.6%
Under 18 5,563 31.5%
18+ 12,070 68.5%
65+ 2,145 12.2%
Median Age 40.2
Average Family Size 3.25
White 16,848 95.5%
African-American 106 0.6%
Asian 474 2.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 15 0.1%
Other 48 0.3%
Mixed Race 140 0.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 269 1.5%

Estimated Wilton Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 17,960
Growth 327
Growth % 1.9%

Wilton 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
Irish 16.9%
Italian 14.3%
English 12.8%
German 11.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.6%
US/American 6.2%
Polish 4.2%
Russian 3.3%
French (except Basque) 2.1%
Scottish 1.9%
Swedish 1.5%
Scotch-Irish 1.4%
Norwegian 1.3%
European 1.2%
Eastern European 1%
Welsh 1%
Greek 1%
Canadian 0.9%
Hungarian 0.9%
Czech 0.9%
Austrian 0.9%
Dutch 0.8%
British 0.6%
French Canadian 0.6%
Portuguese 0.5%
Armenian 0.5%
Danish 0.5%
Swiss 0.5%
Slovak 0.4%
Iranian 0.4%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Israeli 0.3%
Lebanese 0.2%
South African 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
Albanian 0.2%
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Wilton Public Libraries

Wilton Library Association
Wilton, Connecticut
(203) 762-3950
Library Web Site

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Starbucks in Wilton

(As of 2005)
21 River Road
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