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Marlborough, Connecticut
Town Hall
Town Hall
Official seal of Marlborough, Connecticut
Location within Hartford County, Connecticut
Location within Hartford County, Connecticut
Coordinates: 41°38′07″N 72°29′14″W / 41.63528°N 72.48722°W / 41.63528; -72.48722Coordinates: 41°38′07″N 72°29′14″W / 41.63528°N 72.48722°W / 41.63528; -72.48722
Country  United States
U.S. state  Connecticut
County Hartford
Metropolitan area Hartford
Incorporated 1803
 • Type Selectman-town meeting
 • Total 23.5 sq mi (60.9 km2)
 • Land 23.4 sq mi (60.5 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
538 ft (164 m)
 • Total 6,404
 • Density 272.35/sq mi (105.16/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 860
FIPS code 09-45820
GNIS feature ID 0213457
Website Town Website

Marlborough is a town in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States. It contains the census-designated place (CDP) of Terramuggus. The town's population was 6,404 at the 2010 census. Marlborough is a suburban and rural community. The local high school is RHAM High School. In 2013, Marlborough ranked third (of 24) in Connecticut Magazine's biannual ranking of Connecticut small towns. Educationally, RHAM High School, which serves Marlborough, Hebron, and Andover students, is one of the top-ranked regional high schools in the state on the SAT in 2017, and 11th highest-performing school in the state on the test.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 23.5 square miles (60.9 km2), of which 23.4 square miles (60.5 km2) is land and 0.15 square miles (0.4 km2), or 0.73%, is water. Marlborough is adjacent to four other Connecticut towns (Glastonbury to the north, East Hampton to the west, Colchester to the south, and Hebron to the east). East Hampton, Colchester and Hebron are each in different counties from each other and from Marlborough.

Route 2, a two-lane highway (sometimes three) in most sections, bisects the town, and there are three Marlborough exits, at South Main Street, Route 66, and West Road, although there are exits westbound only for South Main and eastbound only for West Road. It takes approximately 15– 20 minutes to get to Hartford, 40 minutes to New London, 45 minutes to New Haven, and 40 minutes to Springfield, MA. Marlborough is generally equidistant between Boston and New York. Boston is an hour and 45 minutes away, while New York City is a two-hour car ride, pending traffic conditions. Popular vacation areas are also reasonable drives from Marlborough. The Berkshire Mountains are an hour and 20 minutes away, and popular Rhode Island beaches, depending on which one you go to, are an hour (Misquamicut, Westerly) to an hour and 20 minutes away (Narragansett).


Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 1,954
1850 832
1860 682 −18.0%
1870 476 −30.2%
1880 391 −17.9%
1890 582 48.8%
1900 322 −44.7%
1910 302 −6.2%
1920 303 0.3%
1930 319 5.3%
1940 476 49.2%
1950 901 89.3%
1960 1,961 117.6%
1970 2,991 52.5%
1980 4,746 58.7%
1990 5,535 16.6%
2000 5,709 3.1%
2010 6,404 12.2%
2016 (est.) 6,402 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
See also: List of Connecticut locations by per capita income

As of the census of 2010, there were 6,404 people, 2,292 households, and 1,820 families residing in the town. As of the 2000 census, the population density was 245.2 people per square mile (94.7/km2). There were 2,057 housing units at an average density of 88.4 per square mile (34.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 65.3% White, 1.3% African American, 30.1% Native American, 1.6% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.8% of the population.

There were 2,292 households, out of which 36.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.9% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.6% were non-families. 15.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 27.4% under the age of 18, 3.4% from 20 to 24, 22.7% from 25 to 44, 34.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years.

The median income for a household in the town was $139,255 and the median income for a family was $159,376. Males had a median income of $98,789 versus $64,959 for females. The per capita income for the town was $58,805. About 0.3% of families and 1.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 0.5% of those age 65 or over.


The beginnings of the town can be traced back to the opening of Sadler's Ordinary in 1648—which is still in business today. Formerly a crossroads of sorts, travelers would stop to rest at the heart of what is now Marlborough center during colonial times, and eventually a petition was filed to the colonial government to form an Ecclesiastical Society in 1747. Marlborough was incorporated on 13 October 1803 with land from parts of three neighboring towns: Glastonbury, Colchester (New London County) and Hebron (Tolland County). A complete town history called Reflections Into Marlborough's History was published in 2007.


Voter Registration and Party Enrollment as of October 27, 2015
Party Active Voters Inactive Voters Total Voters Percentage
Democratic 1,198 69 1,267 30.03%
Republican 1,035 38 1,073 25.43%
Unaffiliated 1,698 101 1,799 42.64%
Minor Parties 77 3 80 1.90%
Total 4,008 211 4,219 100%

Points of interest

  • Marlborough Congregational Church, placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993
  • Marlborough Arts Center – A non-profit regional arts center housed in the restored Charles W. Hall building. Its art gallery is open during specific weekends when exhibits are held, and on the fourth Friday of each month for live performances as part of its Fourth Friday @ the Arts Cafe series. Art classes and workshops are available in its classroom. See website for hours and information. [1]
  • Mary Hall, Report of the Celebration of the Centennial of the Incorporation of the Town of Marlborough: August 23d and 25th, 1903. Hartford: Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company, 1904.

Notable people

  • Larry Boardman (born 1936), boxer born in Marlborough
  • Chris Cillizza (born 1976), journalist born in Marlborough
  • Mary Hall (1843-1927), suffragist, first female lawyer in Connecticut, born in Marlborough
  • A.J. Pollock (born 1987), Major League Baseball player with the Arizona Diamondbacks; born in Marlborough, attended RHAM High School in Hebron, CT
  • William Henry Richmond (1821-1922), anthracite coal mine operator born in Marlborough
  • Gretchen Ulion (born 1972), 1998 Winter Olympics ice hockey gold medalist
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