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Overview

Introduction to Windham, Connecticut

Windham, Connecticut, in Windham county, is 19 miles E of Manchester, Connecticut and 72 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is conveniently located inside the Hartford metropolitan area.

Windham History

The town of Windham was incorporated on May 12, 1692. The community was named after Wyndham, England. Early farmers grew barley, flax, wheat, rye, corn and hemp here, and also raised livestock. Gradually sawmills, blacksmith shops and gristmills were set up in Windham. The streams and rivers provided power to these mills. Windham comprises of the city of Willimantic and the villages of North Windham, South Windham and Windham Center.

Windham and nearby Attractions

  • Windham Textile and History Museum
  • Willimantic Public Library
  • Natchaug River
  • Saint Joseph Church
  • North Windham Shopping Center
  • Beaver Brook State Park

Things To Do In Windham

The Windham Textile and History Museum, Jillson House Museum, the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum and CT Eastern Railroad Museum showcase interesting exhibits about the local history and culture. The numerous lakes and rivers around the town offer stunning views of nature along with the opportunity to indulge in water sports. One can also enjoy shopping at the North Windham Shopping Center, Bridge Street Plaza Shopping Center, Willimantic Plaza Shopping Center and the Windham Heights Shopping Center.

Windham Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Groton-New London Airport.

Windham Higher Education

Eastern Connecticut State University and the University of Connecticut are nearby.

People

Total Population 25,104
Male Share of the Population 46.7%
Female Share of the Population 53.3%
Senior Citizens 12%
Employed Population 16+ 11,007
Age of the Population 31

Families

% of people married 29.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.1%
Median Earnings25+ $28,590
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,890
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,778

Wealth

Median Family Income $43,750
% Above Poverty Level 75.7%
% Below Poverty Level 24.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 9%
% Using Public Transportation 1.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 29.4%
Median Gross Rent $771
Median House Value $159,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 44.2%
US/American 0%
English 6.7%
Irish 13.5%

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

Windham Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 19 miles E of Manchester, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 72 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Windham
Metro Area Hartford
Standard Zip Codes 06256, 06280
Phone Area Codes 860
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.699
Longitude -72.157

Windham Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station MANSFIELD HOLLOW LAKE
Distance 3.7 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 35 F
Apr Temp 34 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 51.5 inches
Station WEST THOMPSON LAKE
Distance 21.8 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 35 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 51.2 inches
Station NORTH FOSTER 1 E
Distance 24.2 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 35 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 61 F
Annual Precip 53.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Windham, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

North Windham (06256)

South Chaplin (06256)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Windham Public Libraries

Library
Guilford Smith Memorial Library, Inc.
17 MAIN ST.
Windham, Connecticut
(860) 423-5159
Willimantic Public Library
905 MAIN ST.
Windham, Connecticut
(860) 465-3079
Library Web Site
Windham Free Library
ON THE GREEN
Windham, Connecticut
(860) 423-0636

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