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Overview

Introduction to Colchester, Connecticut

Colchester, Connecticut, in New London county, is 17 miles SE of Manchester, Connecticut and 84 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is part of the New London- Norwich metropolitan statistical area.

Colchester History

Colchester was established in 1698 on land bought by Nathaniel Foote from Native Americans who originally lived here. Foote named the area Colchester after the town in England from where his grandfather had emigrated. The town had its first railway line in 1876.

Colchester and nearby Attractions

  • Harry's Place
  • Salmon River State Forest
  • Chanticlair Golf Course
  • Amston Lake
  • Devil's Hopyard State Park
  • Lake Hayward

Things To Do In Colchester

People visit the Salmon River State Forest for hiking, hunting and fishing. The annual Colchester 57 Fest is held in September and features many entertainment activities, fireworks and food. The nearby golf course provides excellent facilities.

Colchester Transportation

Bradley International is the nearest major airport.

Colchester Higher Education

Higher studies can be pursued at Eastern Connecticut State University, the University of Connecticut, Wesleyan University and Trinity College.

Demographics

People

Total Population4,475
Male Share of the Population47.7%
Female Share of the Population52.3%
Senior Citizens19.6%
Employed Population 16+2,302
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married43%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher29.5%
Median Earnings25+$41,215
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$28,625
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,541

Wealth

Median Family Income$80,076
% Above Poverty Level91.2%
% Below Poverty Level8.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time27 minutes
% Working from Home2%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.6%
% Using Public Transportation1.3%

Housing

People Living Alone29.6%
Median Gross Rent$1,085
Median House Value$202,500

Ancestry

Italian19.8%
Irish19.3%
English13.9%
Polish13.7%
German12.2%
Canadian7.2%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)6.7%
French Except Basque6.1%
Scottish3.8%
Swedish3.4%
Russian2.9%
Portuguese1.5%
Lithuanian1.1%
Greek1.1%
US/American0.7%
Czech0.6%
Dutch0.6%
Finnish0.6%
Hungarian0.5%
Welsh0.4%
Ukrainian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Israeli0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Romanian0.1%
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Colchester Almanac

CategoryValue
County New London County
Standard Zip Codes6415, 6420
Phone Area Codes860
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.57
Approximate Longitude-72.33

Colchester Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationNORWICH PUB UTIL PLANT
Distance14.1 miles
Jan Temp17 to 38 F
Apr Temp37 to 59 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp40 to 64 F
Annual Precip52.7 inches
StationMANSFIELD HOLLOW LAKE
Distance14.3 miles
Jan Temp13 to 35 F
Apr Temp34 to 58 F
Jul Temp58 to 82 F
Oct Temp36 to 62 F
Annual Precip51.5 inches
StationSTORRS
Distance16.1 miles
Jan Temp17 to 34 F
Apr Temp37 to 56 F
Jul Temp61 to 80 F
Oct Temp41 to 61 F
Annual Precip51.6 inches

Colchester Public Libraries

Cragin Memorial Library
8 LINWOOD AVENUE
Colchester, Connecticut
(860) 537-5752

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Colchester Public Schools

Colchester Elementary School
380 Norwich Avenue
ZIP: 6415
Primary
Total Enrollment 542
William J. Johnston Middle School
360 Norwich Avenue
ZIP: 6415
Middle
Total Enrollment 626
Bacon Academy
611 Norwich Avenue
ZIP: 6415
High
Total Enrollment 886
Jack Jackter Intermediate School
315 Halls Hill Road
ZIP: 6415
Primary
Total Enrollment 585
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