Information about Branford
This town of just over 28,000 residents, based on 2012 U.S. Connecticut Economic Resource Center figures, is home to more than 20 historic homes and other properties, as well as six historic districts. Branford's Main Street is lined with boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants, and the Branford Green hosts regular outdoor events, including the Branford Festival held each year on Father's Day weekend.
The Branford and Stony Creek harbors offer opportunities for boating, and nature lovers can hike the trails of Branford's Lake Saltonstall or the Shoreline Greenway Trail. The town also has a public beach, Branford Point, which has facilities for swimming and picnicking.
Education in Branford
There are no nonprofit postsecondary schools in Branford; however, several colleges and universities are located within a short commute. Among them is Yale University, ranked the nation's third best university by U.S. News & World Report in 2016, and Quinnipiac University, rated the 11th best regional university in the North. Other 4-year schools within a 15-mile radius include the University of New Haven, Albert Magnus College and Southern Connecticut State University. Students seeking a certificate or associate's degree might opt to attend Gateway Community College.
Economy of Branford
Biotechnology company 454 Life Sciences is based in Branford. As of 2014, the Connecticut Economic Resource Center identified the top major employers in the town as Champion America Inc., Blakeslee Prestress Inc., John D Thompson Hospice Inst., and Branford Gun Club.