Cheshire

Cheshire, formerly known as New Cheshire Parish, is a town in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States. The center of the population of Connecticut is located in Cheshire.

Cheshire, Connecticut was first settled in 1694 as part of Wallingford, Connecticut. It was then known as New Cheshire Parish. After many attempts in securing their independence from Wallingford, New Cheshire Parish was granted secession and was later incorporated as a town in May 1780 as Cheshire. The name is a transfer from Cheshire, in England.

Prospect, Connecticut was formerly part of Cheshire before 1829, and was then known as Columbia Parish.

Cheshire has a Cold War-era fallout shelter constructed in 1966, located underneath the local AT&T tower.

During a July 23, 2007 home invasion in Cheshire (see Cheshire, Connecticut, home invasion murders), a mother and her two daughters were murdered, leaving the father of the family as the sole survivor. The murder and the aftermath was featured in a segment that aired on the NBC-TV news magazine show Dateline NBC on October 5, 2010.

Cheshire Statistics

6,082

Population

$319,500

MEDIAN PROPERTY VALUE

$91,528

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME

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