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Overview

Introduction to Waterbury, Connecticut

Waterbury is located on the Naugatuck River in New Haven County, 33 miles southwest of Hartford and 23 miles north of New Haven. Conveniently located at the junction of Interstate-84 and State Highway 8, Waterbury is often referred to as the 'capital' of Western Connecticut, serving as the metropolitan center of a beautiful 13-town region known as the Central Naugatuck Valley Region (CNVR). Originally settled in 1674, Waterbury was once known as Mattatuck (a derivation of the Algonquin Indian name for the area, "Matetacoke," meaning "place without trees") but changed its name when admitted into the Connecticut colony in 1686. The name Waterbury was chosen due to the large number of streams flowing into the Naugatuck. Waterbury was incorporated as a city in 1853.

For years, Waterbury was noted for its leading role in the manufacture of brass ware (including finishings and castings), leading to the city's nickname of Brass City. In particular, Waterbury was famous for the manufacture of watches and clocks. Appropriately, the city's motto, inscribed in marble above the City Hall entrance, is "Quid Aere Perennius," whose English translation is "What Is More Lasting Than Brass?" Today, Waterbury is also known for its advanced technology, historic architecture, and vibrant art.

Attractions in and around Waterbury:

Waterbury and its surrounding areas offer much in the realm of artistic, cultural, and entertainment venues. Attractions in Waterbury itself include:

  • Palace Theater: A 1920 historic landmark which has recently undergone a $30 million renovation
  • The Mattatuck Museum: Offers a wide variety of tours focusing on the art, architecture and history of the Greater Waterbury Region
  • The Timexpo Museum: Explores the history of the watch and clock industry in Waterbury and the Timex heritage
  • Railroad Museum of New England: Offers a scenic train ride through the Mattatuck State Forest

Nearby attractions include the following:

  • The Thomaston Opera House: Built in 1884. Enrico Caruso is among the notables who have performed there
  • Railroad Museum of New England (Thomaston)
  • Black Rock State Park (Thomaston)
  • Branchbrook Campground (Thomaston)
  • Clockwork Repertory Theater (Oakville)
  • Golden Age of Trucking Museum (Middlebury)
  • Hetzel Refuge (Middlebury)
  • Larkin Bridle Trail (Naugatuck)
  • Quassy Amusement Park (Lake Quassapaug, Middlebury)

Sports fans can find professional teams playing within reasonable travel distance from Waterbury. New Britain is located approximately 20 miles northeast of Waterbury, and is home to the Rock Cats, a Minor League Baseball Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins and member of the Eastern League. An additional 13-mile drive in the same direction will find the city of Hartford, home to the American Hockey League's Wolf Pack, an affiliate of the New York Rangers. About 23 miles from Waterbury in the southerly direction is the city of New Haven, in which fans of pro sports can enjoy baseball played by the New Haven Cutters, an independent team which plays in the Can-Am (Canadian-American Association of Pro Baseball) League. Fans of college sports will recognize New Haven as home to Yale University and the Yale Bulldogs.

Demographics

People

Total Population109,211
Male Share of the Population48.4%
Female Share of the Population51.6%
Senior Citizens12.2%
Employed Population 16+43,723
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married35.5%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher15.1%
Median Earnings25+$32,375
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,797
Median Earnings With High School Degree$29,472

Wealth

Median Family Income$48,822
% Above Poverty Level74.6%
% Below Poverty Level25.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.4%
% Using Public Transportation4.7%

Housing

People Living Alone32.3%
Median Gross Rent$912
Median House Value$129,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)50.5%
Italian14.4%
Irish8.1%
French Except Basque3.6%
West Indian3.4%
German2.9%
Polish2.8%
Albanian2.4%
English2.3%
Jamaican2.1%
Portuguese1.9%
African1.6%
Canadian1.3%
Lithuanian1%
Brazilian0.7%
Haitian0.6%
Scottish0.6%
Arab0.5%
Russian0.5%
Cape Verdean0.5%
Swedish0.3%
Ghanaian0.3%
Greek0.3%
Dutch0.3%
Guyanese0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Afghan)0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Czech0.2%
Turkish0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
Welsh0.1%
US Virgin Isl0.1%
British0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Macedonian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Swiss0.1%
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Waterbury Almanac

CategoryValue
County New Haven County
Standard Zip Codes6702, 6704, 6706, 6708, 6710, 6705, 6712, 6716
P.O. Box Zip Codes6703, 6720, 6721, 6722, 6723, 6724, 6725, 6726
Company Zip Codes6701, 6749
Phone Area Codes203, 475
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.55
Approximate Longitude-73.03

Waterbury Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationWIGWAM RESERVOIR
Distance8.6 miles
Jan Temp13 to 34 F
Apr Temp33 to 58 F
Jul Temp58 to 83 F
Oct Temp36 to 62 F
Annual Precip51 inches
StationMOUNT CARMEL
Distance13.5 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
StationBAKERSVILLE
Distance20.3 miles
Jan Temp14 to 33 F
Apr Temp33 to 58 F
Jul Temp58 to 81 F
Oct Temp37 to 60 F
Annual Precip54.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Ansonia18,950$65,134
Bantam829$87,813
Bristol60,437$76,991
Litchfield8,277$100,227
Meriden60,203$70,318
Naugatuck31,625$78,137

Waterbury Public Libraries

Silas Bronson Library
267 GRAND ST.
Waterbury, Connecticut
(203) 574-8221

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Waterbury Hospitals

Saint Marys Hospital
(Non-profit)
56 Franklin St
(203) 574-6000
Waterbury Hospital
(Non-profit)
64 Robbins St
(203) 573-6000

Waterbury Public Schools

Brass City Charter School
33 Wolcott Street
ZIP: 6702
Primary
Total Enrollment 150
Enlightenment School
30-a Church Street
ZIP: 6702
Other
Total Enrollment 179
Maloney Interdistrict Magnet School
233 South Elm Street
ZIP: 6702
Primary
Total Enrollment 592
Waterbury Arts Magnet School (high)
16 South Elm Street
ZIP: 6702
High
Total Enrollment 490
Waterbury Arts Magnet School (middle)
16 South Elm Street
ZIP: 6702
Middle
Total Enrollment 330
Bucks Hill School
330 Bucks Hill Road
ZIP: 6704
Primary
Total Enrollment 561
North End Middle School
534 Bucks Hill Road
ZIP: 6704
Middle
Total Enrollment 1016
Reed School
33 Griggs Street
ZIP: 6704
Primary
Total Enrollment 429
Regan School
2780 North Main Street
ZIP: 6704
Primary
Total Enrollment 279
Special Education Preschool
330 Bucks Hill Road
ZIP: 6704
Primary
Total Enrollment 201
Sprague School
1448 Thomaston Avenue
ZIP: 6704
Primary
Total Enrollment 461
State Street School
58 Griggs Street
ZIP: 6704
Other
Total Enrollment 76
Walsh School
29 Ashley Street
ZIP: 6704
Primary
Total Enrollment 455
Waterbury Career Academy
175 Birch Street
ZIP: 6704
Other
Total Enrollment 469
Wilby High School
568bucks Hill Road
ZIP: 6704
High
Total Enrollment 1236
Woodrow Wilson School
235 Birch Street
ZIP: 6704
Primary
Total Enrollment 446
Crosby High School
300 Pierpont Road
ZIP: 6705
High
Total Enrollment 1287
H. S. Chase School
40 Woodtick Road
ZIP: 6705
Primary
Total Enrollment 817
Margaret M. Generali Elementary School
3196 East Main Street
ZIP: 6705
Primary
Total Enrollment 603
Michael F. Wallace Middle School
3465 East Main Street
ZIP: 6705
Middle
Total Enrollment 1159
Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School
440 Pierpont Road
ZIP: 6705
Primary
Total Enrollment 612
Gilmartin School
107 Wyoming Avenue
ZIP: 6706
Primary
Total Enrollment 506
Hopeville School
2 Cypress Street
ZIP: 6706
Primary
Total Enrollment 476
Washington School
685 Baldwin Street
ZIP: 6706
Primary
Total Enrollment 340
Wendell L. Cross School
1255 Hamilton Avenue
ZIP: 6706
Primary
Total Enrollment 366
B. W. Tinker School
809 Highland Avenue
ZIP: 6708
Primary
Total Enrollment 572
Bunker Hill School
170 Bunker Hill Avenue
ZIP: 6708
Primary
Total Enrollment 511
Carrington School
24 Kenmore Avenue
ZIP: 6708
Primary
Total Enrollment 487
Duggan School
952 Bank Street
ZIP: 6708
Primary
Total Enrollment 464
John F. Kennedy High School
422 Highland Avenue
ZIP: 6708
High
Total Enrollment 1304
W. F. Kaynor Technical High School
43 Tompkins Street
ZIP: 6708
High
Total Enrollment 741
West Side Middle School
483 Chase Parkway
ZIP: 6708
Middle
Total Enrollment 1021
Driggs School
77 Woodlawn Terrace
ZIP: 6710
Primary
Total Enrollment 528
F. J. Kingsbury School
220 Columbia Boulevard
ZIP: 6710
Primary
Total Enrollment 513

Waterbury Private Schools

Alpha & Omega Christian Academy
50 Linden St
ZIP: 6702
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 26
Childrens Community School
31 Wolcott St
ZIP: 6702
Elementary
Total Enrollment 82
Stepping Stones School
63 Prospect St
ZIP: 6702
Secondary
Total Enrollment 23
High Road School Of Norwalk/waterbury Site
2200 Thomaston Ave
ZIP: 6704
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 32
Lighthouse Christian Academy
1245 Thomaston Ave
ZIP: 6704
Elementary
Total Enrollment 30
Ss Peter & Paul School
116 Beecher Ave
ZIP: 6705
Elementary
Total Enrollment 249
Sacred Heart High School
142 S Elm St
ZIP: 6706
Secondary
Total Enrollment 348
St Mary
55 Cole St
ZIP: 6706
Elementary
Total Enrollment 280
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Day School
386 Robinwood Rd
ZIP: 6708
Elementary
Total Enrollment 196
Chase Collegiate School
565 Chase Pkwy
ZIP: 6708
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 433
Holy Cross High School
587 Oronoke Rd
ZIP: 6708
Secondary
Total Enrollment 698
Our Lady Of Mount Carmel School
645 Congress Ave
ZIP: 6708
Elementary
Total Enrollment 216
Yeshiva K'tana Of Waterbury
47 Buckingham St
ZIP: 6710
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 321
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