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Overview

Introduction to Willimantic, Connecticut

Willimantic benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Hartford metropolitan area.

Willimantic History

Willimantic is an Algonquin Indian term meaning "land of the swift running water." The construction of Charles Lee's factory on Main Street catalyzed the growth of Willimantic community. In the 1820s, a number of factories were built in Willimantic. It was incorporated as a city in 1893. Railroads were constructed in 1849 which added to the growth of Willimantic. Willimantic was also known as the "Thread City," due to the production of silk, cotton and rayon threads. The last major mill in the area was closed down in 1985.

Willimantic and nearby Attractions

  • Windham Textile and History Museum
  • Willimantic Public Library
  • Ebenezer Lutheran Church
  • Bridge Street Plaza Shopping Center
  • Lautor Park
  • Main Street Historic District

Things To Do In Willimantic

The Jillson House Museum and the Windham Textile and History Museum house some interesting exhibits, which shed light on the local culture and history. One can also visit the Grant Medical Library, the Willimantic Public Library, Williamantic Town Hall, J. Eugene Smith Library and Dunham Hall Library to learn more about the region. The Bridge Street Plaza Shopping Center and the Willimantic Plaza Shopping Center are also very popular tourist haunts.

Willimantic Transportation

The Groton-New London Airport offers facilities for air transportation.

Willimantic Higher Education

Eastern Connecticut State University is the local institute of higher learning. The University of Connecticut is also nearby.

Demographics

People

Total Population17,339
Male Share of the Population46.7%
Female Share of the Population53.3%
Senior Citizens8.5%
Employed Population 16+7,553
Age of the Population27

Families

% of people married22.1%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher17.6%
Median Earnings25+$25,615
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,947
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,653

Wealth

Median Family Income$38,232
% Above Poverty Level70.3%
% Below Poverty Level29.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work13.1%
% Using Public Transportation2.3%

Housing

People Living Alone29.8%
Median Gross Rent$777
Median House Value$140,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)47.5%
Irish12.8%
Italian11.2%
French Except Basque7.3%
German5.4%
English5.3%
Canadian4.7%
Polish3.4%
Scottish1.4%
Swedish1.3%
Arab1%
West Indian0.9%
Russian0.7%
African0.7%
Turkish0.6%
Portuguese0.5%
Lebanese0.5%
Ukrainian0.4%
Lithuanian0.4%
Czech0.4%
Finnish0.3%
Greek0.3%
Jamaican0.3%
Dutch0.2%
Latvian0.2%
Haitian0.2%
Estonian0.2%
Welsh0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Australian0.1%
British0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
Albanian0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
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Willimantic Almanac

CategoryValue
County Windham County
Standard Zip Codes6226
Phone Area Codes860
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.71
Approximate Longitude-72.21

Willimantic Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationMANSFIELD HOLLOW LAKE
Distance3 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
StationHARTFORD BRAINARD FIELD
Distance22.8 miles
Jan Temp16 to 36 F
Apr Temp38 to 59 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp40 to 63 F
Annual Precip44.2 inches
StationWEST THOMPSON LAKE
Distance23 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Danielson3,999$43,257
Hartford124,320$36,156
Norwich40,057$57,677
Storrs16,059$117,024

Willimantic Public Libraries

Willimantic Public Library
905 MAIN ST.
Willimantic, Connecticut
(860) 465-3079

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Willimantic Hospitals

Windham Community Memorial Hospital
(Non-profit)
112 Mansfield Ave
(860) 456-9116

Willimantic Public Schools

Adolescent Principal Referred Expulsion Program
322 Main Street
ZIP: 6226
Arts At The Capitol Theater Magnet School (act)
896 Main Street
ZIP: 6226
High
Total Enrollment 141
Natchaug School
123 Jackson Street
ZIP: 6226
Primary
Total Enrollment 340
Path Academy
832-842 Main Street
ZIP: 6226
High
Total Enrollment 136
W. B. Sweeney School
60 Oak Hill Drive
ZIP: 6226
Primary
Total Enrollment 280
Windham Early Childhood Prospect Street
322 Prospect Street
ZIP: 6226
Primary
Total Enrollment 249
Windham High School
355 High Street
ZIP: 6226
High
Total Enrollment 527
Windham Middle School
123 Quarry Street
ZIP: 6226
Middle
Total Enrollment 579
Windham Technical High School
210 Birch Street
ZIP: 6226
High
Total Enrollment 525

Willimantic Private Schools

St Mary St Joseph School
35 Valley St
ZIP: 6226
Elementary
Total Enrollment 148
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