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Overview

Introduction to Durham, Connecticut

Durham, Connecticut, in Middlesex county, is 7 miles SE of Meriden, Connecticut and 84 miles NE of New York, New York. The town is located in the Hartford metropolitan area.

Durham History

In 1699, Caleb Seward, a resident of Guilford, became the first settler in the area now known as Durham. Native American inhabitants originally knew of the area as Coginchaug. The town was named after Durham, England. It was incorporated as a town in 1708.

Durham and nearby Attractions

  • New Britain Youth Museum
  • Eli Whitney Gun Factory
  • Lake Compounce Theme Park
  • Selden Neck State Park
  • Cockaponset State Forest
  • Copernican Observatory & Planetarium

Things To Do In Durham

Nearby museums and historic sites include the Eli Whitney Gun Factory, the Gillette Castle, the Connecticut River Museum and the Museum of Fife and Drum. The Kidcity Children's Museum showcases exhibits like a farm with a main street, a ship and other inventions. The Lake Compounce Theme Park, the West Rock Ridge State Park, the Millers Pond State Park, the Devil's Hopyard State Park and the Chatfield Hollow State Park offer a host of recreational facilities. The Copernican Observatory & Planetarium and the Pardee Rose Garden are also nearby.

Durham Transportation

Bradley International is the nearest major airport.

Durham Higher Education

Central Connecticut State University, Wesleyan University and Quinnipiac University are the local universities.

Demographics

People

Total Population2,687
Male Share of the Population48%
Female Share of the Population52%
Senior Citizens22%
Employed Population 16+1,318
Age of the Population46

Families

% of people married59.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher46.7%
Median Earnings25+$55,905
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$53,147

Wealth

Median Family Income$118,365
% Above Poverty Level96.7%
% Below Poverty Level3.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time27 minutes
% Working from Home2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.3%
% Using Public Transportation1.1%

Housing

People Living Alone25.4%
Median Gross Rent$1,070
Median House Value$293,100

Ancestry

Irish23.2%
Italian23%
German16.9%
English16.9%
Polish10.6%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)8.8%
French Except Basque4.2%
Swedish4.1%
Canadian4.1%
Scottish3.5%
Hungarian1.8%
Greek1.2%
Welsh1%
Portuguese0.7%
Dutch0.7%
Danishn0.6%
Ukrainian0.6%
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Durham Almanac

CategoryValue
County Middlesex County
Standard Zip Codes6422
Phone Area Codes860
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.47
Approximate Longitude-72.68

Durham Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationMIDDLETOWN 4 W (MERIDEN)
Distance5.1 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
StationMOUNT CARMEL
Distance12.7 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
StationGREENPORT POWER HOUSE
Distance31.1 miles
Jan Temp24 to 38 F
Apr Temp40 to 55 F
Jul Temp66 to 80 F
Oct Temp48 to 63 F
Annual Precip45.9 inches

Durham Public Libraries

Durham Public Library
7 MAPLE AVE.
Durham, Connecticut
(860) 349-9544

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Durham Public Schools

Coginchaug Regional High School
135 Pickett Lane
ZIP: 6422
High
Total Enrollment 556
Francis E. Korn School
144 Pickett Lane
ZIP: 6422
Primary
Total Enrollment 141
Frank Ward Strong School
191 Main Street (route 17)
ZIP: 6422
Middle
Total Enrollment 338
Frederick Brewster School
126 Tuttle Road
ZIP: 6422
Primary
Total Enrollment 237

Durham Private Schools

Rushford Academy School
459r Wallingford Rd
ZIP: 6422
Secondary
Total Enrollment 12
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