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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population6,902
Male Share of the Population50.9%
Female Share of the Population49.1%
Senior Citizens21.5%
Employed Population 16+3,657
Age of the Population51

Families

% of people married47.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher41.9%
Median Earnings25+$49,622
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$25,417
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,528

Wealth

Median Family Income$118,278
% Above Poverty Level92%
% Below Poverty Level8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time32 minutes
% Working from Home4.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.8%
% Using Public Transportation2.1%

Housing

People Living Alone25.2%
Median Gross Rent$1,269
Median House Value$374,000

Ancestry

Irish20.4%
Italian16.8%
English15.7%
German10.8%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)10.3%
French Except Basque8.9%
Polish5.9%
Swedish3.2%
Canadian2.8%
Russian2.7%
Lithuanian2%
Hungarian1.8%
Brazilian1.8%
Scottish1.7%
Greek1.7%
Portuguese1.5%
Slovak1.1%
Arab1.1%
African1%
Zimbabwean1%
Norwegian1%
Danishn0.9%
Welsh0.8%
Ukrainian0.7%
Austrian0.7%
West Indian0.3%
Finnish0.3%
Dutch0.2%
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Westbrook Almanac

CategoryValue
County Middlesex County
Standard Zip Codes6498
Phone Area Codes860
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.28
Approximate Longitude-72.45

Westbrook Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationGREENPORT POWER HOUSE
Distance13.5 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
StationMIDDLETOWN 4 W (MERIDEN)
Distance23 miles
Jan Temp20 to 36 F
Apr Temp39 to 59 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp43 to 62 F
Annual Precip52.3 inches
StationMOUNT CARMEL
Distance24.8 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

Westbrook Public Libraries

Westbrook Public Library
61 GOODSPEED DR.
Westbrook, Connecticut
(860) 399-6422

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Westbrook Public Schools

Daisy Ingraham School
105 Goodspeed Drive
ZIP: 6498
Primary
Total Enrollment 271
Westbrook High School
156 Mcveagh Road
ZIP: 6498
High
Total Enrollment 294
Westbrook Middle School
156 Mcveagh Road
ZIP: 6498
Middle
Total Enrollment 236

Westbrook Private Schools

Oxford Academy
1393 Boston Post Rd
ZIP: 6498
Secondary
Total Enrollment 22
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