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Overview

Introduction to North Branford, Connecticut

North Branford, Connecticut, in New Haven county, is 8 miles SE of Hamden, Connecticut and 75 miles NE of New York, New York. The town is part of the New Haven - Meriden metropolitan statistical area.

North Branford History

Theophilus Eaton and John Davenport purchased land from the Indian Sachem at Quinnipiac in 1638. The area called 'Totoket' was sold to them by Montowese, the leader of a small Native American tribe. This land later became known as Branford, and included the area now known as North Branford. Captain Jonathan Rose is said to be the first man to build his home in the North Branford area. The community was primarily agricultural, as North Branford was found to have the ideal climate for growing cherries and apples. The town of North Branford was officially incorporated in 1831.

North Branford and nearby Attractions

  • Totoket Historical Society Building
  • Thomas Griswold House
  • Henry Whitfield State Museum
  • Central Shopping Plaza Shopping Center
  • Lake Gaillard
  • Pardee Rose Garden

Things To Do In North Branford

The Henry Whitfield State Museum, the oldest house in Connecticut, was built in 1639 and an interesting and popular tourist destination. The Eli Whitney Gun Factory, the Harrison House, the Hyland House and the Thomas Griswold House are some of the historic sites within 10 miles of North Branford. The Central Shopping Plaza Shopping Center and Grant Oak Shopping Center are popular among shoppers. In addition, North Branford also hosts the Baked Potato & Roasted Corn Festival and the Touch-A-Truck festival every year.

North Branford Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Tweed-New Haven Airport.

North Branford Higher Education

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

People

Total Population 14,354
Male Share of the Population 48.9%
Female Share of the Population 51.1%
Senior Citizens 19.5%
Employed Population 16+ 7,805
Age of the Population 46

Families

% of people married 56.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 37.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $100,707
% Above Poverty Level 96.4%
% Below Poverty Level 3.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.4%
% Using Public Transportation 1.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 23.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,159
Median House Value $284,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.3%
US/American 0.2%
English 8.4%
Irish 22.9%

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

North Branford Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles SE of Hamden, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 75 miles NE of New York, New York
County New Haven
Standard Zip Codes 06471, 06517
Phone Area Codes 203
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.327
Longitude -72.767

North Branford 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 MOUNT CARMEL
Distance 8.5 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 26.1 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
Station WIGWAM RESERVOIR
Distance 30.2 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 34 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 51 inches

North Branford Public Libraries

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North Branford Library Department
1720 FOXON RD.
North Branford, Connecticut
(203) 315-6020
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North Branford High Schools

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NORTH BRANFORD HIGH SCHOOL
49 CAPUTO RD.
203-484-1465
Serves 678 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.5

COLLABORATIVE ALTERNATIVE MAGNET SCHOOL
26 OLD POST RD.
203-484-9501
A Special Education School
A Magnet School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 92 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.9

HOMEBOUND
1388 MIDDLETOWN AVENUE
203-484-1440
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