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Overview

Introduction to Guilford, Connecticut

Guilford, Connecticut is 12 miles E of New Haven, Connecticut and 77 miles NE of New York, New York. It is in New Haven county. The town is part of the New Haven - Meriden metro area.

Guilford History

A group of English Puritans arrived in Quinnipiac colony, which is now known as New Haven, in 1639. Reverend Henry Whitfield negotiated with the local Native American sachem, Shaumpishuh, for a tract of land. The area was known as Menuncatuck at that time. The community later changed the name to Guilford, after a town in England. The colony prospered due to income from the rich local fields and orchards. The Connecticut Turnpike was constructed in the 20th century and catalyzed the development of the town.

Guilford and nearby Attractions

  • Henry Whitfield State Historical Museum
  • Guilford Historic Town Center
  • Old Stone House
  • Strawberry Hill Shopping Center
  • Spinning Mill Brook
  • Chaffinch Island State Park

Things To Do In Guilford

The Henry Whitfield State Historical Museum, the Thomas Griswold House, the Hyland House and the Henry Whitfield State Museum are all very easily accessible from the town and provide valuable information about the region's history. The Strawberry Hill Shopping Center, Westwoods Plaza Shopping Center and Guilford Plaza Shopping Center are ideal destinations for those who like to shop. In addition, the town hosts celebrations like the Guilford Fair and the Little Folks' Fair every year.

Guilford Transportation

Air transportation is available at Tweed-New Haven Airport.

Guilford Higher Education

Quinnipiac University, Gateway Community College and Yale University offer opportunities for higher education.

Demographics

People

Total Population22,382
Male Share of the Population48.4%
Female Share of the Population51.6%
Senior Citizens21.2%
Employed Population 16+11,584
Age of the Population48

Families

% of people married58.1%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher59.1%
Median Earnings25+$52,570
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$25,625
Median Earnings With High School Degree$33,510

Wealth

Median Family Income$124,259
% Above Poverty Level95.8%
% Below Poverty Level4.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time27 minutes
% Working from Home7.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.8%
% Using Public Transportation1.9%

Housing

People Living Alone23.5%
Median Gross Rent$1,279
Median House Value$385,500

Ancestry

Italian26.1%
Irish23.5%
German14.9%
English13.6%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)12.2%
Polish6.6%
French Except Basque3.5%
Scottish3.1%
Canadian2.4%
Russian2.3%
Swedish1.7%
Hungarian1.2%
Portuguese1%
Dutch1%
Greek1%
Welsh0.9%
Arab0.9%
Lithuanian0.7%
Norwegian0.6%
Swiss0.5%
Austrian0.5%
Ukrainian0.5%
Lebanese0.4%
Moroccan0.4%
Romanian0.3%
US/American0.3%
Czech0.3%
Danishn0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Australian0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Albanian0.1%
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Guilford Almanac

CategoryValue
County New Haven County
Standard Zip Codes6437
Phone Area Codes203
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.28
Approximate Longitude-72.67

Guilford 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
Distance13.7 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
Distance21 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
StationWIGWAM RESERVOIR
Distance35.1 miles
Jan Temp13 to 34 F
Apr Temp33 to 58 F
Jul Temp58 to 83 F
Oct Temp36 to 62 F
Annual Precip51 inches

Guilford Public Libraries

Guilford Free Library
67 PARK ST.
Guilford, Connecticut
(203) 453-8282

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Guilford Public Schools

A. Baldwin Middle School
68 Bullard Drive
ZIP: 6437
Middle
Total Enrollment 534
A. W. Cox School
143 Three Mile Course
ZIP: 6437
Primary
Total Enrollment 322
Calvin Leete School
280 South Union Street
ZIP: 6437
Primary
Total Enrollment 262
E. C. Adams Middle School
233 Church Street
ZIP: 6437
Middle
Total Enrollment 559
Guilford High School
605 New England Road
ZIP: 6437
High
Total Enrollment 1076
Guilford Lakes School
40 Maupas Road
ZIP: 6437
Primary
Total Enrollment 329
Melissa Jones School
181 Ledge Hill Road
ZIP: 6437
Primary
Total Enrollment 318
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