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Preston, Connecticut
Official seal of Preston, Connecticut
Location in New London County, Connecticut
Country United States
State Connecticut
NECTA Norwich-New London
Region Southeastern Connecticut
Incorporated 1687
 • Type Selectman-town meeting
 • First selectman Robert M. Congdon (R)
 • Selectman Michael Sinko (R)
 • Selectman Lynwood Crary (D)
 • Total 31.8 sq mi (82.4 km2)
 • Land 30.9 sq mi (80.0 km2)
 • Water 0.9 sq mi (2.2 km2)
177 ft (54 m)
 • Total 4,726
 • Density 148.62/sq mi (57.35/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 860
FIPS code 09-62150
GNIS feature ID 0213492

Preston is a town in New London County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 4,726 at the 2010 census. The town includes the villages of Long Society, Preston City, and Poquetanuck.


In 1686, Thomas Parke, Thomas Tracy, and several others petitioned for and were granted by the Connecticut General Court authority to establish a plantation seven miles square to the east of Norwich and north of New London and Stonington. Owaneco, son of the Mohegan sachem Uncas, gave a confirmatory deed for the land in 1687. In October of that same year, the town was formally incorporated as Preston, named for the English city of Preston, Lancashire.

The Ecclesiastical Society of Preston was first organized in 1698, with the first meetinghouse located in present-day Preston City. At the request of residents in the northern part of Preston (now the town of Griswold), the North Society was established in 1716. A splinter group, the Separate Church of Preston, was established in 1747 and continued until 1817. The Preston City Baptist Church (now the Preston City Bible Church) was established in 1812.

On August 4, 1954, an Air France Lockheed L-1049C Super Constellation flying from Orly Airport to Idlewild Airport crashed near Preston.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 31.8 square miles (82 km2), of which 30.9 square miles (80 km2) is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2), or 2.71%, is water.

Principal communities

There were three distinct settlements in the town when it was first established:

Other minor communities and geographic locations in the town are Hallville, Happyland, and Preston Plains.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 1,899
1850 1,842
1860 2,092 13.6%
1870 2,161 3.3%
1880 2,523 16.8%
1890 2,555 1.3%
1900 2,807 9.9%
1910 1,917 −31.7%
1920 2,743 43.1%
1930 3,928 43.2%
1940 4,206 7.1%
1950 1,775 −57.8%
1960 4,992 181.2%
1970 3,593 −28.0%
1980 4,644 29.3%
1990 5,006 7.8%
2000 4,688 −6.4%
2010 4,726 0.8%
Est. 2014 4,748 0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
See also: List of Connecticut locations by per capita income

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,688 people, 1,837 households, and 1,359 families residing in the town. The population density was 151.7 people per square mile (58.6/km²). There were 1,901 housing units at an average density of 61.5 per square mile (23.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.63% White, 0.75% African American, 0.83% Native American, 1.15% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.51% from other races, and 1.11% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.39% of the population.

There were 1,837 households out of which 30.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.9% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.0% were non-families. 21.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 4.95.

In the town, the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 29.4% from 25 to 44, 28.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 100.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $54,942, and the median income for a family was $62,554. Males had a median income of $44,053 versus $28,226 for females. The per capita income for the town was $24,752. About 1.6% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.5% of those under age 18 and 5.5% of those age 65 or over.

Notable locations

  • Strawberry Park is located within Preston.

On the National Register of Historic Places

  • Hallville Mill Historic District — Hallville Road, Hall's Mill Road, and Route 2A on Hallville Pond (added September 22, 1996)
  • Long Society Meetinghouse — built in 1819 on the site of an earlier meetinghouse and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
  • Poquetanuck Village Historic District — Roughly along Main Street between Route 117 and Middle Road and along School House and Cider Mill Road (added September 22, 1996)
  • Preston City Historic District — Amos and Old Shetucket Roads, Northwest Corner Road, and Route 164 (added August 31, 1987)
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