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Overview

Introduction to Thompson, Connecticut

Thompson, Connecticut, in Windham county, is 21 miles S of Worcester, Massachusetts (center to center) and 49 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts.

Thompson History

The territory which includes the present town of Thompson was originally inhabited by either the Nipmuck tribe or the Narragansett tribe. During 1670 - 1674, the Nipmucks rose to power and occupied a major portion, east of what is now Thompson Hill. They named it Quinnatisset. The breaking of King Philip's war caused the Nipmucks to join the Narragansetts and they were mostly destroyed. After King's Philip's defeat, an area of 5,000 acres was sold to non - resident Englishmen. In 1684, the area was divided into farms which were evenly distributed between Connecticut and Massachusetts after 1713. This led to the birth of the township of Killingly. In 1727, non resident land owners of Killingly together with Samuel Morris made an attempt to procure town privileges and so on May 1728 a society was officially incorporated that was later on named as Thompson parish, after Sir Robert Thompson, an English landholder. The first white man to settle here was Richard Dresser who purchased a place called Nashaway in 1707.

Thompson and nearby Attractions

  • Quaddick State Park
  • Brooklyn Historical Society Museum
  • Huntington Homestead
  • Chaplin Museum
  • Roseland Cottage
  • Bigelow Hollow State Park

Things To Do In Thompson

The town of Thompson is home to numerous parks including the Quaddick State Park, the Bigelow Hollow State Park, and the Mansfield Hollow State Park. There are various historical sites such as the Huntington Homestead, birthplace of Samuel Huntington who signed the Declaration of Independence. The Roseland Cottage, another historic site built in 1846, is a coral - colored Gothic Revival house with its own bowling alley.

Thompson Transportation

Air transportation facilities are available at Worcester Regional Airport.

Thompson Higher Education

College of the Holy Cross, Worcester State College, and Clark University are the centers of higher education.

Demographics

People

Total Population9,327
Male Share of the Population50.2%
Female Share of the Population49.8%
Senior Citizens14.6%
Employed Population 16+4,723
Age of the Population44

Families

% of people married55.6%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher25.4%
Median Earnings25+$40,220
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$30,313
Median Earnings With High School Degree$32,152

Wealth

Median Family Income$81,340
% Above Poverty Level92.4%
% Below Poverty Level7.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time27 minutes
% Working from Home3%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.1%
% Using Public Transportation0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone26.3%
Median Gross Rent$1,026
Median House Value$195,700

Ancestry

French Except Basque25.3%
Irish18.4%
Polish17.6%
Canadian16.4%
Italian12.4%
English10.8%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)8.2%
Swedish3.4%
Scottish3.3%
Greek1.3%
Portuguese0.8%
Finnish0.7%
Albanian0.6%
Norwegian0.5%
Dutch0.5%
Welsh0.4%
Czech0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Romanian0.3%
Slovak0.3%
Russian0.2%
US/American0.2%
Bermudan0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
Arab0.1%
Belgian0.1%
German0.1%
Australian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
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Thompson Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Medium City 21 miles S of Worcester, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City49 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Windham County
Standard Zip Codes6277
Phone Area Codes860
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude41.958
Longitude-71.863

Thompson Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationWEST THOMPSON LAKE
Distance2 miles
Jan Temp13 to 35 F
Apr Temp33 to 58 F
Jul Temp58 to 82 F
Oct Temp36 to 62 F
Annual Precip51.2 inches
StationNORTH FOSTER 1 E
Distance10.1 miles
Jan Temp17 to 35 F
Apr Temp36 to 58 F
Jul Temp61 to 81 F
Oct Temp40 to 61 F
Annual Precip53.1 inches
StationMANSFIELD HOLLOW LAKE
Distance21.9 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
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Thompson Private Schools

Marianapolis Prep School
26 Chase Rd
Secondary
Total Enrollment 336
Susan Wayne Center Of Excellence
75 Church St
Secondary
Total Enrollment 28
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