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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.

People

Total Population 2,932
Male Share of the Population 49.6%
Female Share of the Population 50.4%
Senior Citizens 17.3%
Employed Population 16+ 1,485
Age of the Population 45

Families

% of people married 57.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 49.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $114,868
% Above Poverty Level 97.9%
% Below Poverty Level 2.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.1%
% Using Public Transportation 1.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 23.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,198
Median House Value $323,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.2%
US/American 0%
English 12.8%
Irish 21.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Durham Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles SE of Meriden, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 84 miles NE of New York, New York
County Middlesex
Metro Area Hartford
Standard Zip Codes 06422
Phone Area Codes 860
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.481
Longitude -72.681

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)

Station MIDDLETOWN 4 W (MERIDEN)
Distance 5.1 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 36 F
Apr Temp 39 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 43 to 62 F
Annual Precip 52.3 inches
Station MOUNT CARMEL
Distance 12.7 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 35 F
Apr Temp 37 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 52.7 inches
Station GREENPORT POWER HOUSE
Distance 31.1 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 55 F
Jul Temp 66 to 80 F
Oct Temp 48 to 63 F
Annual Precip 45.9 inches

Durham Public Libraries

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

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COGINCHAUG REGIONAL HIGH SCH
135 PICKETT LN.
860-349-7215
Serves 578 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.6

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135A PICKETT LANE
860-349-7200
A Non-traditional School

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