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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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Area Amenities

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.

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In New Haven County, Connecticut?

For those of you that retire in New Haven County, you will enjoy warm summers, a cool fall, a cold winter and a temperate spring!

Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the low 30's and highs in the low 40's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 20's. Expect some rainy days in the winter. Assume a few days of snow with some days having snow remaining on the ground.

If the weather in the spring is too cold for the outdoors, enjoy some indoor activities in New Haven County such as a movie, a visit to a museum, dining, nightlife or some shopping. Spring temperatures are cold with averages in the upper 40's and highs in the upper 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 30's. Expect some rainy days in the spring.

Summertime in New Haven County is a great time to enjoy your retirement with a day at the lake, an outdoor concert, a local festival or other outdoor activity! Summer temperatures are mild with averages in the low 70's and highs in the low 80's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 60's. Humidity may feel "sticky" with muggy evenings. Expect some rainy days in the summer.

If you retire in New Haven County, you can look forward to fall weather activities such as biking on a bike path, hiking, enjoying a walking path and more! Fall temperatures are cool with averages in the mid 50's and highs in the mid 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 40's. Expect some rainy days in the fall.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  20  29  37
 Feb  23  32  40
 Mar  29  39  48
 Apr  39  49  60
 May  48  59  70
 Jun  58  68  79
 Jul  63  74  84
 Aug  62  72  82
 Sep  54  65  75
 Oct  43  53  64
 Nov  34  44  53
 Dec  26  34  42

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  27  1
 Feb  0  24  0
 Mar  0  20  0
 Apr  0  5  0
 May  0  0  0
 Jun  1  0  0
 Jul  4  0  0
 Aug  2  0  0
 Sep  1  0  0
 Oct  0  3  0
 Nov  0  13  0
 Dec  0  24  0

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  4 "  9  19 %
 Feb  3 "  8  21 %
 Mar  4 "  10  26 %
 Apr  4 "  10  36 %
 May  4 "  11  47 %
 Jun  5 "  9  58 %
 Jul  4 "  8  63 %
 Aug  4 "  8  63 %
 Sep  4 "  8  56 %
 Oct  4 "  8  45 %
 Nov  4 "  9  35 %
 Dec  4 "  9  25 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  9 "  12  4
 Feb  8 "  10  3
 Mar  5 "  5  2
 Apr  1 "  0  0
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
 Nov  1 "  1  0
 Dec  6 "  6  3

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Cost of Living for New Haven County, CT

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