Connecticut State Library with state seal

Connecticut Towns by Year Established

Incorporated Towns | Incorporated Boroughs and Cities | Postal stations | Unique CT Place Names

Connecticut is currently divided into 169 "towns" with distinct geographical boundaries. Each of these towns may contain incorporated cities or boroughs, as well as villages, post offices, and railroad depots without a distinct government. For example:

In other cases, the governments of once-incorporated cities and boroughs have subsequently been consolidated with the town they fall within. For example:

Connecticut never had strong county governments, and since 1960 the names and boundaries of its eight counties have existed only as geographical names used to define parts of the state.

To see the list of Towns in order by County, click on 'County'; to see it in order by Year Established, click on 'Year'.

Town name

County

Year Established

Parent Town

History of incorporation

Windsor

Hartford

1633

----

Settled, Sept. 26, 1633; named, Feb., 1637

Wethersfield

Hartford

1634

----

Settled, 1634; named, 1637; inc., May, 1822

Deep River

Middlesex

1635

----

Settled, 1635 as Saybrook; united with Connecticut, Dec., 1644; name changed to Deep River, July 1, 1947

Hartford

Hartford

1635

----

Settled in 1635; inc., 1784; city inc., May, 1784. Town and city consolidated, April, 1896

New Haven

New Haven

1638

----

Settled, April, 1638; named, Aug., 1640; Inc., 1784; town and city consolidated, Nov., 1895

Fairfield

Fairfield

1639

----

Settled, 1639; named 1645; included in Connecticut Colony, May, 1685

Milford

New Haven

1639

----

Settled in 1639, under New Haven; named, Nov. 24, 1640; united with Connecticut Colony, 1664. Inc. as a city, June 15, 1959. Town and city consolidated, 1959

Stratford

Fairfield

1639

----

Settled, 1639

Stamford

Fairfield

1641

----

Settled, 1641, under New Haven jurisdiction; named Town of Stamford in 1642; submitted to Connecticut, Oct., 1662; in 1893, the City of Stamford, comprising central portion of Town of Stamford, was incorporated. Henceforth, City of Stamford became a composite part of Town of Stamford, resulting in two separate governments--the Town of Stamford and City of Stamford. Town and City of Stamford were consolidated on April 15, 1949 and named City of Stamford

Guilford

New Haven

1643

----

Settled, 1639; named, July 6, 1643

Farmington

Hartford

1645

----

Inc. and named, Dec., 1645. The Town of Farmington, Borough of Unionville and Borough of Farmington were consolidated in 1947

New London

New London

1646

----

Settled, 1646; named, March 11, 1658. Inc., Jan., 1784. Town and city are co-extensive

Middletown

Middlesex

1651

----

Town inc., Sept. 11, 1651, named, Nov. 1653; city inc., 1784, town and city consolidated, 1923

Norwalk

Fairfield

1651

----

Sept. 11, 1651. Town and city consolidated, Oct., 1913

Norwich

New London

1662

----

Settled, 1659; accepted as legal township, May, 1662; city inc., May, 1784; town and city consolidated, Jan. 1, 1952

Stonington

New London

1662

----

Settled, 1649; named, 1666

Greenwich

Fairfield

1665

Stamford

Settled, 1640, submitted to Connecticut, Oct. 6, 1656

Killingworth

Middlesex

1667

 

Named, May, 1667

Lyme

New London

1667

Saybrook

Named, May, 1667; set off from Saybrook, now Deep River, in 1665

Haddam

Middlesex

1668

----

Oct. 8, 1668

Simsbury

Hartford

1670

----

Named, May, 1670

Wallingford

New Haven

1670

New Haven

Named, May, 1670. Town and borough consolidated, Jan. 1, 1958

Woodbury

Litchfield

1673

----

Named, May, 1673

Suffield

Hartford

1674

----

May, 1674, by Massachusetts; annexed to Connecticut, May, 1749

Derby

New Haven

1675

----

Named, May, 1675. Town inc., May 13, 1775. City inc., June 7, 1893. Town and city consolidated, June 7, 1893

Enfield

Hartford

1683

----

Named and inc., by Massachusetts, 1683; annexed to Conn., May, 1749

Branford

New Haven

1685

New Haven

Named, 1653; settled 1639~1644 under New Haven jurisdiction; named 1653; set off from New Haven 1685

Waterbury

New Haven

1686

----

Town inc., May, 1686; city inc., 1853; town and city consolidated, 1902

Danbury

Fairfield

1687

----

Settled, 1685; named, Oct., 1687, Inc., town, May, 1702; city, 1889. Town and city consolidated, Jan. 1, 1965

Preston

New London

1687

----

Oct., 1687

Glastonbury

Hartford

1690

Wethersfield

May, 1693; taken from Wethersfield

Woodstock

Windham

1690

----

Settled, 1686; named New Roxbury; name changed, March, 1690, to Woodstock. Annexed to Conn., May, 1749

Windham

Windham

1692

----

Town inc., May, 1692. City of Willimantic inc., Jan. 1893. Town of Windham and City of Willimantic consolidated July 1, 1983

Colchester

New London

1698

----

1698; named, Oct., 1699

Plainfield

Windham

1699

----

as Quinabaug, May, 1699; named Plainfield, Oct., 1700

Lebanon

New London

1700

----

Oct., 1700

Mansfield

Tolland

1702

Windham

Oct., 1702; taken from Windham

Canterbury

Windham

1703

Plainfield

Oct., 1703; taken from Plainfield

Groton

New London

1705

New London

May 10, 1705; taken from New London

Durham

Middlesex

1708

----

Settled, 1699; named, May 1704; Inc., Oct. 1708

Hebron

Tolland

1708

----

May 26, 1708

Killingly

Windham

1708

----

May, 1708

Ridgefield

Fairfield

1709

----

Settled, 1708; inc., Oct., 1709; town and borough consolidated, May 11, 1921

Newtown

Fairfield

1711

----

Oct., 1711

Coventry

Tolland

1712

----

May, 1712

New Milford

Litchfield

1712

----

Oct., 1712

Pomfret

Windham

1713

----

Named and inc., May, 1713

Ashford

Windham

1714

----

Oct., 1714

Tolland

Tolland

1715

----

Named, May 1715. Inc., May, 1722

Litchfield

Litchfield

1719

----

May, 1719

Stafford

Tolland

1719

----

Settled, 1719

Bolton

Tolland

1720

 

Oct., 1720

Voluntown

New London

1721

----

May, 1721

Willington

Tolland

1727

----

May, 1727

East Haddam

Middlesex

1734

Haddam

May, 1734; taken from Haddam

Somers

Tolland

1734

Enfield

Named, July, 1734; annexed to Connecticut, May, 1749

Union

Tolland

1734

----

Oct., 1734

Harwinton

Litchfield

1737

----

Oct., 1737

New Hartford

Litchfield

1738

----

Oct., 1738

Canaan

Litchfield

1739

----

Oct., 1739

Goshen

Litchfield

1739

----

Oct., 1739

Kent

Litchfield

1739

----

Oct., 1739

Sharon

Litchfield

1739

----

Oct., 1739

Cornwall

Litchfield

1740

----

May, 1740

New Fairfield

Fairfield

1740

----

May 1740

Torrington

Litchfield

1740

----

Inc. as a town, Oct. 1740; inc. as a city, Oct. 1, 1923. Town and city consolidated, 1923

Salisbury

Litchfield

1741

----

Oct., 1741

Norfolk

Litchfield

1758

----

Oct., 1758

Hartland

Hartford

1761

----

May, 1761

East Hampton

Middlesex

1767

Middletown

Inc., as Chatham, Oct., 1767; taken from Middletown

Redding

Fairfield

1767

Fairfield

May, 1767; taken from Fairfield

East Windsor

Hartford

1768

Windsor

May, 1768; taken from Windsor

Winchester

Litchfield

1771

----

May, 1771

Barkhamsted

Litchfield

1779

----

Oct., 1779

Colebrook

Litchfield

1779

----

Oct., 1779

Southington

Hartford

1779

Farmington

Oct., 1779; taken from Farmington. Town and borough consolidated, 1947

Washington

Litchfield

1779

Woodbury, Litchfield, Kent, New Milford

Jan., 1779; taken from Woodbury, Litchfield, Kent and New Milford

Cheshire

New Haven

1780

Wallingford

May, 1780; taken from Wallingford

Watertown

Litchfield

1780

Waterbury

May, 1780; taken from Waterbury

East Hartford

Hartford

1783

Hartford

Oct., 1783; taken from Hartford

Woodbridge

New Haven

1784

New Haven, Milford

Jan., 1784; taken from New Haven and Milford

Berlin

Hartford

1785

Farmington, Wethersfield, Middletown

May, 1785; taken from Farmington, Wethersfield and Middletown

Bristol

Hartford

1785

Farmington

May, 1785; taken from Farmington. Town and city co-extensive, 1911

East Haven

New Haven

1785

New Haven

May, 1785; taken from New Haven

Thompson

Windham

1785

Killingly

May, 1785; taken from Killingly

Bozrah

New London

1786

Norwich

May, 1786; taken from Norwich

Brooklyn

Windham

1786

Pomfret, Canterbury

May, 1786; taken from Pomfret and Canterbury

Ellington

Tolland

1786

East Windsor

May, 1786; taken from East Windsor

Franklin

New London

1786

Norwich

May, 1786; taken from Norwich

Granby

Hartford

1786

Simsbury

Oct., 1786; taken from Simsbury

Hamden

New Haven

1786

New Haven

May, 1786; taken from New Haven

Hampton

Windham

1786

Windham, Pomfret, Brooklyn, Canterbury,

Oct., 1786; taken from Windham, Pomfret, Brooklyn, Canterbury and Mansfield

Lisbon

New London

1786

Norwich

May, 1786; taken from Norwich

Montville

New London

1786

New London

Oct. 12, 1786; taken from New London

North Haven

New Haven

1786

New Haven

Oct., 1786; taken from New Haven

Warren

Litchfield

1786

Kent

May, 1786; taken from Kent

Bethlehem

Litchfield

1787

Woodbury

May, 1787; taken from Woodbury, and known as "North Purchase."

Southbury

New Haven

1787

Woodbury

May, 1787; taken from Woodbury

Weston

Fairfield

1787

Fairfield

Oct., 1787; taken from Fairfield, Inc., 1845, the town was divided and Easton was taken from Weston

Brookfield

Fairfield

1788

Danbury, New Milford, Newtown

May, 1788; taken from Danbury, New Milford and Newtown

Shelton

Fairfield

1789

Stratford

Jan., 1789; taken from Stratford; city inc., 1915; town and city of Shelton, co-extensive

Sterling

Windham

1794

Voluntown

May 4, 1794; taken from Voluntown

Plymouth

Litchfield

1795

Watertown

May, 1795; taken from Watertown

Roxbury

Litchfield

1796

Woodbury

Oct., 1796; taken from Woodbury

Wolcott

New Haven

1796

Waterbury, Southington

May, 1796; taken from Waterbury and Southington

Trumbull

Fairfield

1797

Stratford

Oct., 1797; taken from Stratford

Oxford

New Haven

1798

Derby, Southbury

Oct., 1798; taken from Derby and Southbury

New Canaan

Fairfield

1801

Norwalk, Stamford

May, 1801; taken from Norwalk and Stamford

Waterford

New London

1801

New London

Oct., 1801; taken from New London

Sherman

Fairfield

1802

New Fairfield

Oct., 1802; taken from New Fairfield

Wilton

Fairfield

1802

Norwalk

May, 1802; taken from Norwalk

Marlborough

Hartford

1803

Colchester, Glastonbury, Hebron

Oct., 1803; taken from Colchester, Glastonbury and Hebron

Columbia

Tolland

1804

Lebanon

May, 1804; taken from Lebanon

Burlington

Hartford

1806

Bristol

May, 1806; taken from Bristol

Canton

Hartford

1806

Simsbury

May, 1806; taken from Simsbury

Meriden

New Haven

1806

Wallingford

May, 1806; taken from Wallingford. City inc., May, 1867. Town and city consolidated, Jan. 1, 1922

Middlebury

New Haven

1807

Waterbury, Woodbury, Southbury

Oct., 1807; taken from Waterbury, Woodbury and Southbury

North Stonington

New London

1807

Stonington

May, 1807; taken from Stonington

Vernon

Tolland

1808

Bolton

Town inc., Oct., 1808; taken from Bolton. City of Rockville inc., Jan., 1889. Town of Vernon and City of Rockville consolidated, July 1, 1965

Griswold

New London

1815

Preston

Oct., 1815; taken from Preston

Salem

New London

1819

Colchester, Lyme, Montville

May 5, 1819; taken from Colchester, Lyme and Montville

Darien

Fairfield

1820

Stamford

May, 1820; taken from Stamford

Bridgeport

Fairfield

1821

Stratford, Fairfield

May, 1821; taken from Stratford and Fairfield; city inc., May, 1836; town and city consolidated, 1836

Chaplin

Windham

1822

Windham, Hampton, Mansfield

1822; taken from Windham, Mansfield and Hampton

Orange

New Haven

1822

Milford, New Haven

May, 1822, taken from Milford and New Haven

Manchester

Hartford

1823

East Hartford

May, 1823; taken from East Hartford

Monroe

Fairfield

1823

Huntington

May, 1823; taken from Huntington (now Shelton)

Madison

New Haven

1826

Guilford

May, 1826, taken from Guilford

Prospect

New Haven

1827

Cheshire, Waterbury

May, 1827; taken from Cheshire and Waterbury

Avon

Hartford

1830

Farmington

May, 1830; taken from Farmington

North Branford

New Haven

1831

Branford

May, 1831; taken from Branford

Bethany

New Haven

1832

Woodbridge

May, 1832; taken from Woodbridge

Bloomfield

Hartford

1835

Windsor, Farmington, Simsbury

May, 1835; taken from Windsor

Westport

Fairfield

1835

Fairfield, Norwalk, Weston

May 28, 1835; taken from Fairfield, Norwalk and Weston

Chester

Middlesex

1836

Saybrook

May, 1836; taken from Saybrook, now Chester

Ledyard

New London

1836

Groton

June, 1836; taken from Groton

Clinton

Middlesex

1838

Killingworth

May, 1838; taken from Killingworth

East Lyme

New London

1839

Lyme, Waterford

May, 1839; taken from Lyme and Waterford

Westbrook

Middlesex

1840

Saybrook

May, 1840; taken from Saybrook (Deep River)

Portland

Middlesex

1841

Chatham

May, 1841; taken from Chatham

Rocky Hill

Hartford

1843

Wethersfield

May, 1843; taken from Wethersfield

Naugatuck

New Haven

1844

Waterbury, Bethany, Oxford

May, 1844; taken from Waterbury, Bethany and Oxford. Borough and town consolidated, 1895

Easton

Fairfield

1845

Weston

May, 1845; taken from Weston

South Windsor

Hartford

1845

East Windsor

May, 1845; taken from East Windsor

Eastford

Windham

1847

Ashford

May, 1847; taken from Ashford

Andover

Tolland

1848

Coventry, Hebron

May 18, 1848; taken from Hebron and Coventry

New Britain

Hartford

1850

Berlin

May, 1850; taken from Berlin. City inc., 1871. Town and City consolidated, April, 1905

Seymour

New Haven

1850

Derby

May, 1850; taken from Derby

Cromwell

Middlesex

1851

Middletown

May, 1851; taken from Middletown

Essex

Middlesex

1852

Saybrook

Sept. 13, 1852, as Old Saybrook; taken from Saybrook. Name changed, July 8, 1854 to Essex

Old Saybrook

Middlesex

1854

Old Saybrook (i.e., the modern Essex)

July 8, 1854

West Hartford

Hartford

1854

Hartford

May, 1854; taken from Hartford

Windsor Locks

Hartford

1854

Windsor

May, 1854; taken from Windsor

Bethel

Fairfield

1855

Danbury

May, 1855; taken from Danbury

Old Lyme

New London

1855

Lyme

off from Saybrook, February 13, 1665; Inc., May, 1855, as South Lyme; taken from Lyme; name changed in 1857

Putnam

Windham

1855

Thompson, Pomfret, Killingly

Town inc., May, 1855; taken from Thompson, Pomfret and Killingly. City inc., Jan., 1895. Town and city consolidated, Nov. 8, 1983. The city is a Special Service Dist.

Bridgewater

Litchfield

1856

New Milford

May, 1856; taken from New Milford

Scotland

Windham

1857

Windham

May, 1857; taken from Windham

East Granby

Hartford

1858

Granby, Windsor Locks

June, 1858; taken from Granby and Windsor Locks

North Canaan

Litchfield

1858

Canaan

May, 1858; taken from Canaan

Morris

Litchfield

1859

Litchfield

June, 1859; taken from Litchfield

Sprague

New London

1861

Lisbon, Franklin

May, 1861; acquired from Lisbon and Franklin

Middlefield

Middlesex

1866

Middletown

June, 1866; taken from Middletown

Plainville

Hartford

1869

Farmington

July, 1869; taken from Farmington

Beacon Falls

New Haven

1871

Bethany, Seymour, Oxford, Naugatuck

June, 1871, taken from Bethany, Oxford, Seymour and Naugatuck

Newington

Hartford

1871

Wethersfield

July 10, 1871; taken from Wethersfield

Thomaston

Litchfield

1875

Plymouth

July, 1875; taken from Plymouth

Ansonia

New Haven

1889

Derby

April, 1889; taken from Derby

West Haven

New Haven

1921

Orange

June 24, 1921; taken from Orange; inc. as a city, June 27, 1961