Quick Facts:

Founded:      1663

Area:           17.9 square miles radius
Population:   12,645 

Town Motto: Where beauty inspires progress.

Our townis home:

  • to the first classes of Yale University,

  • to Connecticut’s first female First Selectman, 

  • to the first tree planting leading to Arbor Day,

  • to the summer stock that inspired the creation of Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven. 

Our town has the most protected harbor between New Haven and New London, a summer colony of homeowner and rental cottages, a private county club and public town beach, a town dock with marina and boat launching facilities where locals gather at the end of the day to chat over ice cream cones while watching the sun set.

Our commerce features an upscale shopping mall, Clinton Crossings, at exit 63 off the Connecticut Turnpike, attracting customers from across the eastern seaboard.

Along the Boston Post Road, merchants' shops mix with historic homes, a river flowing to Long Island Sound, and a cemetery whose silence is broken daily by Amtrack trains speeding between Boston and New York City.

In addition, there are antique and gift shops, art galleries, an international coffee shop and restaurants featuring Italian, Chinese and seaside fresh fish. Clinton is Connecticut’s Bluefish Capital of the World.  A busy civic calendar features sporting events, benefits, church fairs, concerts, plays, Art Show, and road race. 

Our landscape is marked with extraordinary gifts of benefactory: Williams Memrial Town Hall, the Stanton House, The Morgan School, Captain Elisha House, The Henry Carter Hull Library, the Ethel Peters Recreation Complex, the Redfield Memorial Firehouse, and Flynn Classical Concerts 
are additional bequests. 

Our GovernmentClinton governs under the “New England Style” outmoded town meeting form of government. An elected chief executive is the First Selectmen, who works full-time and is paid a salary. A five person Board of Selectmen, including the First Selectman, set policy and oversee the town’s management. The Board of Finance is assigned the role of protecting the town’s fiscal stability.  The Board of Education controls the schools which represents ~two third of the town budget.  An annual budget is presented to the people who vote their approval or rejection at referendum in May of each year. Clinton’s current mill rate is 31.25 mills and its annual budget is approaching $50,000,000.

Aside from the town hall professional staff, the Police Department and the Schools, Clinton’s government is essentially a volunteer one, composed of 160 citizens who serve unpaid on elective and appointive boards and commissions. Clinton operates under its own home rule Charter.  Clinton does not have a town planner, an Economic Development Coordinator, or a town manager.  This is a deficiency that the Republican Party believes has led to a lack of planning and economic growth wit with dire consequences for the future.
Our town has a reputation for the friendliest people on the shoreline. Come visit us, we’d enjoy meeting you and putting a smile on your face. 

               a place to call home 

Helpful Links

The Stanton House Museum and General Store, held in trust for the people of Clinton, contains three generations of the Stanton family’s original antique furnishings and store inventory. The well in the back yard marks the site of the first classes of Yale University. 
The elegant William Stanton Andrews Memorial Town Hall, with solid brass water fountains, marble floors, gold leaf painted ceiling, which in addition to governmental offices, houses a professional theatre, Masonic Hall, Historical Room, a former paneled Court Room, and kitchen with a formerly fully equipped pantry with table settings for serving 200 persons. 
The Captain Elisha White House circa 1750, (Old Brick), current home of Clinton Historical Society, its tool museum and gardens, was the bequest of its former owner and society member. 

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The (original) Morgan School, gift of native Charles Morgan, including an accompanying trust fund which paid the education costs for Clinton students into the 1930s.

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