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Winchester, Connecticut
Official seal of Winchester, Connecticut
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Location in Litchfield County, Connecticut
Location in Litchfield County, Connecticut
Country  United States
U.S. state  Connecticut
County Litchfield
NECTA Torrington
Region Northwest Hills
Incorporated 1771
Government
 • Type Board of Selectmen - Town Manager
Area
 • Total 33.8 sq mi (87.6 km2)
 • Land 32.5 sq mi (84.2 km2)
 • Water 1.3 sq mi (3.4 km2)
Elevation
1,017 ft (310 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 10,224
 • Density 314/sq mi (121.4/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP codes
06094, 06098
Area code(s) 860
FIPS code 09-86440
GNIS feature ID 0213536

Winchester is a town in Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 10,224 at the 2020 census. The city of Winsted is located in Winchester.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 33.8 square miles (88 km2), of which, 32.3 square miles (84 km2) of it is land and 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2) of it (4.61%) is water.

Principal communities

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 1,601
1850 2,179
1860 3,513 61.2%
1870 4,096 16.6%
1880 5,142 25.5%
1890 6,183 20.2%
1900 7,763 25.6%
1910 8,679 11.8%
1920 9,019 3.9%
1930 8,674 −3.8%
1940 8,482 −2.2%
1950 10,535 24.2%
1960 10,496 −0.4%
1970 11,106 5.8%
1980 10,841 −2.4%
1990 11,524 6.3%
2000 10,664 −7.5%
2010 11,242 5.4%
2020 10,224 −9.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
See also: List of Connecticut locations by per capita income

At the 2000 census there were 10,664 people, 4,371 households, and 2,849 families living in the town. The population density was 330.4 people per square mile (127.6/km2). There were 4,922 housing units at an average density of 152.5 per square mile (58.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 94.44% White, 1.24% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.93% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.69% from other races, and 1.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 3.17%.

Of the 4,371 households 28.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.3% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.8% were non-families. 28.0% of households were one person and 11.9% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.97.

The age distribution was 23.3% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 29.4% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% 65 or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.5 males.

The median household income was $46,671 and the median family income was $57,866. Males had a median income of $41,076 versus $28,058 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,589. About 4.3% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.9% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

PostcardWinstedCTHighlandLakeBirdsEyeViewCirca1901To1907
Highland Lake, about 1905

The town is served by buses of the Northwestern Connecticut Transit District.

The city of Winsted is located at the junction of Connecticut Route 8 and U.S. Route 44. Route 263 connects Winchester Center and Winsted.

Education

Winchester Public Schools is the public school district for elementary grades while Gilbert School serves as the public school for secondary grades. Prior to 2011 middle school students went to the Winchester district.

Northwestern Regional School District No. 7 maintains Northwestern Regional High School, which is partly in Winsted. However the school does not serve residents of Winchester.

There is a charter school, Explorations Charter School.

There was also a parochial Catholic school, St. Anthony School, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hartford. It opened in 1865. Circa 2008 it had about 200 students. By 2020 this figure declined to 90. It closed in 2020. At the time it was the oldest school continually operated by the archdiocese.

Northwestern Connecticut Community College is in Winsted.

Notable people

  • Phineas Miner (1777–1839), congressman from Connecticut; born in Winchester
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