Windham County, Connecticut

Windham County: County in Connecticut, United States

About

Windham County is a county located in the U.S. state of Connecticut. As of the 2010 census, the population was 118,428 and a population density of 227 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 county had an estimated population of 116,540 inhabitants. Its county seat is Windham. The county was created 298 years ago in 1725.

Windham County sits in the northeastern corner of Connecticut along the Rhode Island border. It is a rural county with a small population of around 114,000 as of 2020.

The county covers 533 square miles and contains several rivers and lakes. Its county seat is the town of Windham.

Key Facts and History

  • Native American tribes like the Mohegan and Pequot originally inhabited the area before Europeans arrived in the 1600s.
  • Early settlers established farming communities and small mills along the rivers. The textile industry thrived in the 1800s.
  • The railroad expanded business and industry during the Industrial Revolution. Willimantic became known as Thread City for its thriving textile mills.
  • While manufacturing has declined, outdoor tourism has grown around Pomfret and rural areas. Historic villages draw visitors.

Major Industries and Attractions

  • With many state forests and parks, tourism is important today. Popular activities include hiking, boating, camping, and skiing.
  • Some manufacturing remains, along with healthcare, education, and retail services. Eastern Connecticut State University is a key employer.
  • Notable attractions include the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, historic Norwichtown, and antiques shops.
  • Quinebaug and Natchaug River valleys offer fishing, canoeing, and idyllic scenery for tourism.

Transportation and Cities

  • Major highways are limited. Interstate 395 clips the northeast section while Route 6 crosses through.
  • The largest city is Willimantic with around 17,000 residents. Other population centers include Plainfield and Putnam.
Windham County locator map
Location of Windham County on Connecticut map.

Quick Facts about Windham County

Population : 116,540 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Connecticut (United States)
Different from : Windham County
Area : 521 km2
Water as percent of area : 1.6%
Land as percent of area : 98.4%
Named for : Wineham
Altitude : 541 feet / 165 meters
Capital : Windham
Establishment : January 01, 1726
Time Zone : UTC−05:00
Local time : 18:46:34 (27th February 2024)
Density : 224 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : -1.62% (2010-2020)
Town Hall  Willimantic  CT image
Town Hall Willimantic CT
Town Hall  Willimantic  CT image

Geography

Windham County is located at 41°49'48"N 71°59'15"W (41.8300300, -71.9874900). It has 5 neighbors: New London County, Tolland County, Worcester County, Kent County and Providence County.

Windham County map

The largest city of Windham County is Killingly Center with a population of 17,282. Other cities include, Hampton population 1,841, Eastford population 1,800, North Grosvenor Dale population 1,530 and Wauregan population 1,205. See all Windham County cities & populated places.

Windham County Populated Places (more)

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Windham County.

City Name Population Title
Windham 24,463 Town in Connecticut
Willimantic 17,737 Town in the U.
Killingly Center 17,282 City in Windham County, Connecticut, United States of America
Plainfield 15,084 Town in Connecticut, United States
Putnam 9,372 Town in Connecticut
Thompson 9,371 Town in Windham County, Connecticut, United States
Brooklyn 8,280 Town in Connecticut
Woodstock 7,834 Town in Windham County, Connecticut, United States
Canterbury 5,088 Town in Connecticut, USA
Ashford 4,246 Town of the United States
Pomfret 4,196 Town in Connecticut, United States
Danielson 4,006 Borough in the town of Killingly in Windham County, Connecticut, United States
Sterling 3,764 Town in Windham County, Connecticut, United States
Moosup 3,231 Census designated place
Chaplin 2,232 Town in Connecticut, United States
Hampton 1,841 City in Connecticut

Windham County has 5 neighbours.

Demographics

According to census records, the population of Windham County decreased by 1.62% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 118,428 - census
2011 118,315 -0.1% estimation process
2012 117,914 -0.34% estimation process
2013 117,500 -0.35% estimation process
2014 116,752 -0.64% estimation process
2015 116,487 -0.23% estimation process
2016 116,102 -0.33% estimation process
2017 116,398 0.25% estimation process
2018 117,059 0.56% estimation process
2019 116,782 -0.24% estimation process
2020 116,540 -0.21% estimation process

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People born in Windham County (10)

People born in Windham County, including architect Bertram Goodhue, architect Ithiel Town, politician Ephraim Paine, .

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Other places with the same name (2)

Connecticut Other Counties (more counties)

County Name Population Title
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
Litchfield County 179,610 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.
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.