Branford, Connecticut

Branford, Connecticut
Town
Official seal of Branford, Connecticut
Seal
Location in New Haven County, Connecticut
Location in New Haven County, Connecticut
Coordinates: 41°16′40″N 72°47′59″W / 41°16′40″N 72°47′59″W / 41.27778; -72.79972
Country United States
U.S. state Connecticut
CountyNew Haven
NECTANew Haven
RegionSouth Central CT
Settled1644
Incorporated1685
Government
 • TypeRepresentative town meeting
 • First selectmanJames B. Cosgrove (R)
 • SelectmanJoseph E. Higgins, Jr. (R)
 • SelectmanBruce E. Storm (D)
Area
 • Total28.0 sq mi (72.5 km2)
 • Land22.0 sq mi (56.9 km2)
 • Water6.0 sq mi (15.6 km2)
Elevation43 ft (13 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total28,026
 • Density1,000/sq mi (390/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (Eastern)
ZIP code06405
Area code(s)203/475
FIPS code09-07310
GNIS feature ID0213395
Websitewww.branford-ct.gov

Branford is a shoreline town located on Long Island Sound in New Haven County, Connecticut, 8 miles (13 km) east of New Haven. The population was 28,026 at the 2010 census.[1]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 28.0 square miles (73 km2); 22.0 square miles (57 km2) are land and 6.0 square miles (16 km2) (21.5%) are water, including the Branford River, Queach Brook and the Branford Supply Ponds. There are two harbors, the more central Branford Harbor and Stony Creek Harbor on the east end, and one town beach at Branford Point. Much of the town's border with East Haven to the west is dominated by Lake Saltonstall, a reservoir owned by the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority, and Saltonstall Mountain, part of the Metacomet Ridge, a mountainous trap rock ridgeline that stretches from Long Island Sound to nearly the Vermont border. The southern terminus of the Metacomet Ridge, Beacon Hill, is located in Branford.

The town of Branford includes the Thimble Islands. Neighboring towns are North Branford to the north, Guilford to the east, and East Haven to the west.