Killingworth : Connecticut


What It Is Like to Retire in Killingworth

The small and peaceful town of Killingworth (7,000 people) is located just inland from Madison and Clinton in Connecticut. It is a bucolic town with many horse farms and weekend homes for people from New York City.  Chatfield Hollow State Park is located here and offers hiking, fishing and picnicking, along with attractions of Indian caves and a covered bridge. A fun fact about Killingworth is that it was home to the largest Christmas Tree in Rockerfeller Center's history (100 feet) and given as a gift in 1999.  Picture of Killingworth Public Library courtesy of Wikipedia and Kenneth C. Zirkel; picture of Schreeder Pond in Chatfield Hollow State Park courtesy of Wikipedia and Magicpiano; picture of Oak Lodge in Chatfield Hollow State Park and on the National Register of Historic Places courtesy of Wikipedia and Jerry Dougherty, all pictures Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/


Where to Retire in Killingworth and Home Prices

The median home value was $341,127, in early 2020, according to Zillow. Some homes are on very large lots or are actually farms.  It tends to be an exclusive area although there are some modest homes.


What Is Special about Killingworth

Chamard Vineyards.  The horse farms and quiet, tree lined roads make this a special place that is also great for biking.

What Is Not Special about Killingworth

It is remote, there is no town center. Connecticut is not a tax-friendly state.


Who Will Like Retirement in Killingworth

Retirees who want a small town in the country but with easy access to a metropolitan area would enjoy it here.  There is a pretty State Park here for hiking and fishing.  It is close to medical care, Long Island Sound, and many historic and places of interest.


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Climate and Physical Environment

January's average temperature is 27 degrees, July's average is 73 degrees.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

For the cultural scene you can attend festivals and events and visit museums in the small, quaint towns along the shoreline which include Madison, Old Saybrook, and Guilford.  New Haven, home to Yale, is just 30 miles away, and day trips can be taken to NYC or Boston via Amtrak.



The crime rate here is low.


Medical Facilities

Shoreline Medical Center is 10 miles away; Middllesex Medical Center is in Middletown about 18 miles away. Yale-New Haven Hospital, a large, top-notch hospital is 30 miles away.



New Haven Regional Airport is 25 miles away, Hartfort International is about 45 miles away. Amtrak and the Shoreline East has stops along the shoreline towns just a few miles away, with trains to New Haven, Boston and NYC.  Killingworth is rural and not a walkable community.


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