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A Town for all seasons, Guilford is a wonderful place to visit, shop or live. Our beautiful Town Green is surrounded by a wide variety of stores, restaurants, museums and galleries. Whether it is boating on Long Island Sound, hiking our open space trails or shopping around the Green, there is something here for everyone.

Guilford, one of Connecticut’s oldest towns, was settled in 1639 by English Puritans. Over the years we have grown into a vibrant diverse community of 23,000 citizens, while still maintaining our New England heritage and quaint charm. We provide outstanding services, including an excellent education system, local library and excellent public safety departments. Centrally located between New York and Boston, Guilford is easily accessible via interstate highway, rail and air.

At 375 years old, Guilford continue to be a vibrant community, as such we strongly encourage economic development. We are always looking for ways to attract new businesses and also work very hard to maintain our current businesses. We are excited to share our quality of life with all visitors, friends and businesses. We urge you to visit our gem of the shoreline and discover a piece of Connecticut history. We know once you visit you will never want to leave.


Established in 1644, Branford combines the charm of a New England coastal village with the convenience of New Haven and the Yale University community, only minutes away. With 20 miles of Long Island Sound shoreline and one of the most beautiful town greens in the state, Branford has a quality of life and sense of community that is second to none.

As described by the Connecticut Economic Digest, Branford is

“… a vital community with a strong economic base, low taxes, and excellent schools and municipal services. The town is rather unique among the shoreline towns east of New Haven in that it has encouraged substantial development in well-defined districts.”

All of this is combined with a “business friendly” approach that encourages new ventures and expansions in biotech R&D, medical and healthcare services, and precision manufacturing.

Located mid-way between Boston and Manhattan, we offer what every business wants: full municipal services (e.g., water, sewer), a skilled workforce, some of the lowest taxes along the I-95 corridor, and excellent transportation links with interstates, rail and air service. And Branford’s triple-A rating by Standard & Poor’s is testament to the town’s excellent fiscal and operations management.

North Branford is a farming community, abounding in fresh fruits, vegetables and whatever is seasonally available. The town is quaint and charming, bisected by Route 80 which, in the 1830's, was built as an alternative to Route 1.

Includes Cities/Towns: Branford, Guilford.

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Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Our central location along Connecticut's shoreline and scenic highways makes us a popular destination for bicyclists, runners, birdwatchers and others who love the outdoors. An expansive network of trails are great for hiking. The Len Hubbard Town Marina has some transient slips for boaters.

Cultural Activities

Guilford has five historic house museums - all outstanding examples of our large selection of 17th, 18th and 19th century historic homes. Most are listed on the historic register via a plaque. The Henry Whitfield State Museum remains the oldest stone house in New England and contains many artifacts of 17th century Guilford and Puritan life of the period.

The Guilford Art Center has made the community a destination for skilled jewelers, potters, weavers, painters and others interested in the art of fine crafts.

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Medical Facilities

Many health care facilities are owned by Yale Medical. They offer world-class treatment and service.


Monthly Temperatures / Rain / Snow

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain  Snow
 Jan  17.0  26.0  35.0  4.6 "  9.0 "
 Feb  19.0  28.0  37.0  3.4 "  8.4 "
 Mar  28.0  37.0  46.0  4.7 "  5.3 "
 Apr  37.0  47.0  57.0  4.6 "  0.9 "
 May  47.0  57.5  68.0  4.7 "  0.0 "
 Jun  56.0  66.5  77.0  4.4 "  0.0 "
 Jul  62.0  72.5  83.0  4.3 "  0.0 "
 Aug  60.0  70.5  81.0  4.5 "  0.0 "
 Sep  52.0  62.5  73.0  4.7 "  0.0 "
 Oct  41.0  51.5  62.0  4.5 "  0.0 "
 Nov  32.0  41.0  50.0  4.5 "  1.0 "
 Dec  23.0  31.0  39.0  4.0 "  6.1 "

Spring temperatures are cold with averages in the upper 40's and highs in the mid 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 30's. Summer temperatures are mild with averages in the upper 70's and highs in the 80's. Nights are cool with lows in the upper 60's. Fall temperatures are cool with averages in the low 50's and highs in the low 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 40's. Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the upper 20's and highs in the mid 30's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 10's.

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Cost of Living for New Haven County, CT

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