Wallingford : Connecticut


What It Is Like to Retire in Wallingford

Wallingford is an old New England town that dates back to 1694. It was formerly a center for silver manufacturing, along with nearby Meriden.  Wallingford has an active and charming downtown center, as well as a very successful commercial strip along Route 5.  The town has long been home to one of the country's most prestigious prep schools - Choate-Rosemary Hall.  The school's most famous graduate is John F. Kennedy, whose fellow alumni include Adlai Stevenson, John Dos Passos, and actors and actresses too numerous to mention. Photo of antique postcard of Library and Marlborough House courtesy of Wikipedia in the public domain.

Where to Retire in Wallingford and Home Prices

There are active adult communities in the area.
Median home price was about $268,566 in late 2020.

What Is Special about Wallingford

Charming downtown and gracious homes dating to the town's prosperous heyday. Choate generates a youthful atmosphere and active cultural opportunities.

What Is Not Special about Wallingford

Winters are cold and Wallingford gets about 35 inches of snow annually.

Who Will Like Retirement in Wallingford

The town has many parks, trails and outdoor recreation opportunities. There is a library, an active senior center and rail transportation to Hartford.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Choate, regional shopping, and some manufacturing dominate the economy.

Climate and Physical Environment

The average January temperature is 32 degrees, with July's average at 72 degrees. Wallingford gets about 35 inches of snow annually.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Wallingford's Public Library has completed a major expansion - it is one of the finest libraries in Connecticut.  Choate has frequent plays, concerts, and art exhibits in its top-notch theatre and arts facilities.


Crime in Wallingford is a little lower than the national average.

Medical Facilities

Gaylord Hospital is one of the premiere rehabilitation hospitals in Connecticut. The Masonic Home and Hospital is available for seniors. New Haven and Hartford hospitals are very close.


Hartford Line provides rail service to Hartford; the nearest regional airport is in New Haven about 20 miles away and the nearest International airport is in Hartford, about 40 miles from Wallingford.

Valuable Links

Town of Wallingford

Wallingford on Wikipedia


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