Introduction to Westbrook, Connecticut

Westbrook, Connecticut, in Middlesex county, is 24 miles E of Hamden, Connecticut and 88 miles NE of New York, New York.

Westbrook History

Westbrook is located to the west of the Patchogue River and east of the Menunketesuck River. It is a part of the Saybrook Plantation, and was first settled in 1638. It was then known as Patchogue. In its early years, the area's economy depended largely on the shipbuilding industry. David Bushnell, inventor of the submarine, was a resident of Westbrook. His wood-and-steel submarine, called the American Turtle, was built in 1776. The community was named Westbrook in 1810, and officially incorporated as a town in 1840.

Westbrook and nearby Attractions

  • Connecticut River Museum
  • Museum of Fife and Drum
  • Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park
  • Hammonasset Beach State Park
  • Salt Meadow National Wildlife Refuge
  • Essex Steam Train

Things To Do In Westbrook

The town of Westbrook is home to two museums - the Military Historians Westbrook Museum and the Museum of Early Engineering Technology. Also close by is the Connecticut River Museum, which showcases exhibits highlighting the history of the Connecticut River valley. The Mystic Marine Life Aquarium, the Essex Steam Train, the Gillette Castle State Park, the Mystic Seaport and the Ocean Beach Park are all nearby as well. The Hammonasset Beach State Park offers mountain biking, scuba diving, hiking, camping and fishing opportunities, while the 330-acre Chatfield Hollow State Park is also a popular local destination.

Westbrook Transportation

The Tweed-New Haven Airport is close by.

Westbrook Higher Education

Higher education can be pursued at Quinnipiac University, Wesleyan University and Gateway Community College.


Total Population 6,908
Male Share of the Population 50.1%
Female Share of the Population 49.9%
Senior Citizens 19.5%
Employed Population 16+ 3,567
Age of the Population 50


% of people married 45.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 36.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $104,141
% Above Poverty Level 91.8%
% Below Poverty Level 8.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 3.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.9%


People Living Alone 25.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,175
Median House Value $356,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.6%
US/American 0%
English 18%
Irish 16.2%

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

Westbrook Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 24 miles E of Hamden, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 88 miles NE of New York, New York
County Middlesex
Standard Zip Codes 06498
Phone Area Codes 860
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.285
Longitude -72.448

Westbrook Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 13.5 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
Distance 23 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
Distance 24.8 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

Westbrook Public Libraries

Westbrook Public Library
Westbrook, Connecticut
(860) 399-6422

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Westbrook High Schools

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Serves 293 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.2

A Non-traditional School

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