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Overview

Introduction to Beacon Falls, Connecticut

Located in New Haven county, Beacon Falls, Connecticut, is 8 miles S of Waterbury, Connecticut (center to center) and 68 miles NE of New York, New York.

Beacon Falls History

Among the early settlers of the region were residents from nearby Derby who came to this area in 1678. The town was incorporated into the state in 1871 by merging territory from the neighborhood towns of Bethany, Seymour, Oxford, and Naugatuck. It was named after Beacon Hill, which was used as a lookout by colonists to signal any terrorist activities of hostile Indians. Beacon Falls has one railroad station named the Metro North, which runs on the New Haven line's Waterbury branch. Thomas Sanford, who made the first friction matches in 1834, was a resident of this area.

Beacon Falls and nearby Attractions

  • American Clock & Watch Museum
  • Quassy Amusement Park
  • Beacon Falls Public Library
  • Eli Whitney Gun Factory
  • Mount Southington

Things To Do In Beacon Falls

Beacon Falls offers many recreational opportunities. The town has many parks such as Quassy Amusement Park and South Ford Falls State Park. The museums in the town include the Mattatuck Museum and Railroad Museum of New England. The town has a number of historic sites as well. These include the Eli Whitney Gun Factory, Harriet Beecher Stowe House, and Harrison House.

Beacon Falls Transportation

The closest airport to the city is the Tweed-New Haven Airport.

Beacon Falls Higher Education

Albertus Magnus College, Quinnipiac University, and Central Connecticut State University are close to the town of Beacon Falls.

Demographics

People

Total Population6,075
Male Share of the Population46.5%
Female Share of the Population53.5%
Senior Citizens14.4%
Employed Population 16+3,263
Age of the Population43

Families

% of people married50.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher31%
Median Earnings25+$58,583
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$31,555
Median Earnings With High School Degree$52,321

Wealth

Median Family Income$119,591
% Above Poverty Level94.9%
% Below Poverty Level5.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time27 minutes
% Working from Home2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.6%
% Using Public Transportation1%

Housing

People Living Alone38.4%
Median Gross Rent$1,147
Median House Value$231,800

Ancestry

Italian25.6%
Irish18.6%
Polish16.7%
German12.4%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)10.4%
English10.3%
French Except Basque4.9%
Greek3.2%
Canadian3%
Scottish3%
Ukrainian2.6%
Hungarian2.4%
Russian2.1%
Albanian2%
Portuguese2%
Slovak1.5%
Swedish1.1%
Lithuanian0.5%
Welsh0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Danishn0.3%
Slovene0.3%
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Beacon Falls Almanac

CategoryValue
County New Haven County
Standard Zip Codes6403
Phone Area Codes203
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.44
Approximate Longitude-73.04

Beacon Falls Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationMOUNT CARMEL
Distance9 miles
Jan Temp17 to 35 F
Apr Temp37 to 57 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp41 to 62 F
Annual Precip52.7 inches
StationMIDDLETOWN 4 W (MERIDEN)
Distance19.4 miles
Jan Temp20 to 36 F
Apr Temp39 to 59 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp43 to 62 F
Annual Precip52.3 inches
StationBURLINGTON
Distance25.6 miles
Jan Temp14 to 35 F
Apr Temp35 to 58 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp38 to 62 F
Annual Precip52.2 inches

Beacon Falls Public Libraries

Beacon Falls Public Library
10 MAPLE AVE.
Beacon Falls, Connecticut
(203) 729-1441

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Beacon Falls Public Schools

Laurel Ledge School
30 Highland Avenue
ZIP: 6403
Primary
Total Enrollment 420
Woodland Regional High School
135 Back Rimmon Road
ZIP: 6403
High
Total Enrollment 680
Wrhs Alternative Education Program
135 Back Rimmon Road
ZIP: 6504
High
Total Enrollment 13
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