Windham, Connecticut

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Windham, Connecticut

Introduction to Windham, Connecticut

Windham, Connecticut, in Windham county, is 19 miles E of Manchester, Connecticut and 72 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is conveniently located inside the Hartford metropolitan area. There are an estimated 22,857 people in Windham.

Windham History

The town of Windham was incorporated on May 12, 1692. The community was named after Wyndham, England. Early farmers grew barley, flax, wheat, rye, corn and hemp here, and also raised livestock. Gradually sawmills, blacksmith shops and gristmills were set up in Windham. The streams and rivers provided power to these mills. Windham comprises of the city of Willimantic and the villages of North Windham, South Windham and Windham Center.

Windham and nearby Attractions

  • Windham Textile and History Museum
  • Willimantic Public Library
  • Natchaug River
  • Saint Joseph Church
  • North Windham Shopping Center
  • Beaver Brook State Park

Things To Do In Windham

The Windham Textile and History Museum, Jillson House Museum, the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum and CT Eastern Railroad Museum showcase interesting exhibits about the local history and culture. The numerous lakes and rivers around the town offer stunning views of nature along with the opportunity to indulge in water sports. One can also enjoy shopping at the North Windham Shopping Center, Bridge Street Plaza Shopping Center, Willimantic Plaza Shopping Center and the Windham Heights Shopping Center.

Windham Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Groton-New London Airport.

Windham Higher Education

Eastern Connecticut State University and the University of Connecticut are nearby.

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High Points

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

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Racial Diversity
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Top 10% Windham Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Windham, Connecticut

Comparing Windham 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
Racial Diversity 10 10
Male Share of the Population 6 4
Female Share of the Population 5 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 5 7
Senior Citizens 4 5
Age of the Population 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 5 4
Portion of People Married 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 5 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 5

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Windham Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 19 miles E of Manchester, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 72 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Windham
Metro Area Hartford
Standard Zip Codes 06256, 06280
Phone Area Codes 860
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.699
Longitude -72.157

Windham Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 3.7 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 21.8 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
Distance 24.2 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 35 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 61 F
Annual Precip 53.1 inches
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Windham Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 22,857 100%
Male 11,043 48.3%
Female 11,814 51.7%
Under 18 5,263 23%
18+ 17,594 77%
65+ 2,870 12.6%
Median Age 31.4
Average Family Size 3.05
White 16,919 74%
African-American 1,156 5.1%
Asian 297 1.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 128 0.6%
Other 3,465 15.2%
Mixed Race 864 3.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 6,136 26.8%

Estimated Windham Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 23,503
Growth 646
Growth % 2.8%

Windham 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
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 33.2%
Irish 11%
French (except Basque) 9.6%
Italian 7.4%
French Canadian 6.9%
English 6.2%
Polish 5.9%
German 3.9%
US/American 3.5%
Russian 1.1%
Ukrainian 1.1%
Scotch-Irish 0.9%
Canadian 0.8%
Scottish 0.8%
Swedish 0.8%
European 0.6%
Latvian 0.5%
Dutch 0.4%
Lebanese 0.4%
British 0.4%
Hungarian 0.4%
African 0.3%
Greek 0.3%
Finnish 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Portuguese 0.3%
Jamaican 0.3%
West Indian 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

North Windham (06256)
South Chaplin (06256)

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

Windham Public Libraries

Guilford Smith Memorial Library, Inc.
Windham, Connecticut
(860) 423-5159
Willimantic Public Library
905 MAIN ST.
Windham, Connecticut
(860) 465-3079
Library Web Site
Windham Free Library
Windham, Connecticut
(860) 423-0636

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Wal-mart in Windham

(As of 2006)
474 Boston Post Road
(860) 456-4399
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