Demographics

Location

Litchfield is located 34 miles west of Hartford, 16 miles northwest of Waterbury and 6 miles southwest of Torrington, in the midst of the Litchfield Hills and is the county seat of Litchfield County, although there is no longer county government.

Areay & Topography

Litchfield’s land area of 57.3 square miles includes the Boroughs of Litchfield and Bantam and the Villages of East Litchfield, Northfield and Milton.

Climate

Average annual temperature is 51.4 F (summer temperature 70 F, winter temperature 27F). Annual precipitation averages just under 50 inches.

Population

  • 1980 Census - 7605
  • 1990 Census - 8365
  • 2000 Census - 8316
  • 2010 Census - 8466

Taxes

  • 2008-09 Mill Rate - 25.5
  • 2009-10 Mill Rate - 21.2
  • 2010-11 Mill Rate - 21.9

Form of Government

Board of Selectmen and Town Meeting

Education

Litchfield serves its residents with three public schools: elementary, intermediate and high. Litchfield Public school enrollment as of March of 2011 was 1152. For further information please contact the Superintendent of Schools at 860-567-7500. There is also one regional high school which serves the neighboring towns of Warren, Morris and Goshen. In addition there are also numerous private schools in the area.

Employment Information

Information on the employment situation and job opportunities in the area can be obtained from the CT State Employment Services, 486 Winsted Road, Torrington, CT or by calling 860-626-6220.

Housing

The Town of Litchfield has two of its own housing complexes for the elderly. For more information please contact the Litchfield Housing Authority at 860-567-5308. The Wells Run Complex, located on East Street, was opened in 1976 and the Bantam Falls Complex, located on Doyle Road, was opened in 1993.

Media

Newspapers covering the Litchfield area include the Republican-American (Waterbury), Register-Citizen (Torrington), Litchfield County Times (New Milford) and The Litchfield News (Torrington). These newspapers can also be accessed online. Strictly online media coverage is provided by www.litchfield.bz. Local cable coverage is provided by Cable 5, and radio coverage by WZBG FM 97.3.