Litchfield County, Connecticut
Litchfield County: County in Connecticut, United States
Litchfield County is a county located in the U.S. state of Connecticut. As of the 2010 census, the population was 189,927 and a population density of 78 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 county had an estimated population of 179,610 inhabitants. Its county seat is Litchfield. The county was created 272 years ago in 1750.
Litchfield County is located in the northwestern corner of Connecticut. It is considered part of the New York metropolitan area. The county was founded in 1751 and named after Litchfield, one of its original towns.
With a population around 184,000 as of the 2020 census, Litchfield County is Connecticut’s least populous county. It covers about 920 square miles, spanning rolling hills and the Berkshire Mountains.
Key Facts and History
- The area was originally inhabited by the Algonquin people. European settlers arrived in the early 1700s.
- In the late 1700s, Litchfield County became an important legal and political center, with Litchfield hosting the Connecticut Supreme Court.
- The county was mainly agricultural into the mid-1800s. Sheep farming was a major early industry. Grain mills, iron forges, carriage factories and dairies later emerged.
- Tourism grew in the late 1800s as wealthy New Yorkers built grand summer homes, like in Norfolk. The natural scenery and lake resorts attracted visitors.
Major Industries and Attractions Today
- While still rural in nature, tourism remains vital to Litchfield County’s economy. Popular activities include hiking, boating, fishing, and skiing.
- There are numerous historic towns, villages, and museums to explore. Notable attractions include the Yale Center for British Art and Lime Rock racetrack.
- Much of the county is forested. The Appalachian Trail passes through it and state parks like Mount Tom offer recreation.
- Agriculture, especially dairy farms, vineyards, and orchards, is still prevalent. Forestry and mining are also important industries.
Transportation and Cities
- There are no interstate highways in Litchfield County. State routes 8, 63, 118, and 202 are major roads.
- The county’s largest city is Torrington, with a population around 35,000. Other towns include Winchester, Plymouth, Litchfield, and New Milford.
Quick Facts about Litchfield County
|Population :||179,610 (2020)|
|Country :||United States of America|
|State :||Connecticut (United States)|
|Area :||2446 km2|
|Water as percent of area :||2.5%|
|Land as percent of area :||97.5%|
|Named for :||Lichfield|
|Altitude :||1,253 feet / 382 meters|
|Establishment :||January 01, 1751|
|Time Zone :||America/New_York|
|Local time :||03:40:28 (5th December 2023)|
|Density :||73 Pop. per km² as of 2020|
|Population growth :||-5.74% (2010-2020)|
|Weather :||40℉ Partly Sunny 7-days weather|
Litchfield County is located at 41°47'33"N 73°14'43"W (41.7924900, -73.2453200). It has 6 neighbors: Fairfield County, Hartford County, New Haven County, Berkshire County, Hampden County and Dutchess County.
Litchfield County map
The largest city of Litchfield County is West Torrington with a population of 36,000. Other cities include, Torrington population 33,870, Winsted population 7,712 and Bantam population 725. See all Litchfield County cities & populated places.
Litchfield County Populated Places (more)
Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Litchfield County.
|West Torrington||36,000||Human settlement in Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States of America|
|Torrington||33,870||City in Litchfield County, Connecticut, USA|
|New Milford||26,683||Town in Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States of America|
|Watertown||21,517||Town in Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States|
|Plymouth||11,552||Town in Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States|
|Winchester Center||10,830||Town in Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States|
|Woodbury||9,453||Town in Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States|
|Winsted||7,712||City in Connecticut, United States|
|Thomaston||7,505||Town in Connecticut, United States|
|New Hartford||6,639||Town in Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States|
|Harwinton||5,400||Town in Connecticut|
|Barkhamsted||3,587||Town in Connecticut|
|Salisbury||3,584||Town in Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States|
|Washington||3,419||Town in Connecticut|
|Goshen||2,856||Town in Connecticut, United States|
Litchfield County forecast: Partly sunny, with a high near 40. more
Litchfield County has 6 neighbours.
- Fairfield County county in Connecticut, United States
- Hartford County county in Connecticut, United States
- New Haven County county in Connecticut, United States
- Berkshire County county in Massachusetts, United States
- Hampden County county in Massachusetts, United States
- Dutchess County county in New York, United States
According to census records, the population of Litchfield County decreased by 5.74% in 10 years.
People born in Litchfield County (9)
People born in Litchfield County, including consumer rights activist and corporate critic Ralph Nader, politician Amasa Junius Parker, religious leader, writer and educator Charles Grandison Finney, .
- Elisha Mitchell (educator, geologist) he was born in 19/08/1793
- Lemuel Cook (American veteran) he was born in 10/09/1759
- Gerald A. Browne (American author and editor) he was born in 29/11/1924
- William Stone Hubbell (United States Army Medal of Honor recipient) he was born in 19/04/1837
- Mary Bidwell (American supercentenarian) she was born in 19/05/1881
- Mason Ellsworth Hale (American lichenologist) he was born in 29/09/1928
Connecticut Other Counties (more counties)
|Fairfield County||942,426||County in Connecticut, United States|
|Hartford County||889,226||County in Connecticut, United States|
|New Haven County||851,948||County in Connecticut, United States|
|New London County||264,999||County in Connecticut, United States|
|Middlesex County||161,657||County in Connecticut, United States|
|Tolland County||150,600||County in Connecticut, United States|
|Bridgeport||143,525||The second most populous city in Connecticut.|
|Stamford||131,397||The second most populous city in Connecticut.|
|New Haven||130,801||The second most populous city in Connecticut.|
|North Stamford||128,278||A census-designated place in Stamford, Connecticut.|
|Hartford||121,535||The capital of Connecticut.|
|Windham County||116,540||County in Connecticut, United States|
|Waterbury||106,826||The second most populous city in Connecticut.|
|Norwalk||88,655||The most populous city in Fairfield County, Connecticut.|
|East Norwalk||84,530||A census-designated place in Norwalk, Connecticut.|
|Danbury||84,317||The most populous city in Fairfield County, Connecticut.|