Quinnipiac University Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine

Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine Life in Northwest Connecticut

In the Connecticut track, residents serve populations living in the same mill towns that prospered during the textile boom in the 19th century. The patients and the local communities are warm, welcoming and committed to educating the next generation of physicians.

Northwest Connecticut at a Glance

In the Connecticut track, residents serve populations living in the same mill towns that prospered during the textile boom in the 19th century. The patients and the local communities are warm, welcoming and committed to educating the next generation of physicians.

  • Winsted, CT - 6,500

  • Torrington, CT - 34,000

  • Litchfield County - 181,000

  • 201 people per square mile


Median Household Income
  • Winsted, CT - $49,000

  • Torrington, CT - $60,600


Occupations and Industries
  • Manufacturing

  • Retail

  • Farming

  • Forestry


Poverty Rate
  • Winsted, CT - 22%

  • Torrington, CT - 14%


Enjoying Life in Northwest Connecticut

The hills of Northwest Connecticut provide a stunning backdrop for outdoor activities during all four seasons. Litchfield County is home to many hiking spots including Bear Mountain — the tallest mountain in Connecticut — and Kent Falls, a must-see waterfall that drops 250’ over ¼ mile. All Connecticut state parks are free for residents.

Residents can cool off in the Farmington River — a popular kayaking, canoeing, tubing and fly fishing location that flows through several nearby towns — visit Highland Lake or take a ride on any of the several bike paths in the area. One of the most recognized is the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail, which runs from New Haven, CT to Northampton, MA.

The agricultural nature of the area makes fall an especially beautiful time of year. Surrounded by unparalleled foliage, residents can unwind and shop around at local fairs, pumpkin patches and apple orchards.

Should you ever tire of the beautiful outdoor scenery, unwind alongside your neighbors at any of the many breweries, wineries and restaurants across the region or visit any of the several museums in the area. Some favorites include Winsted’s own American Museum of Tort Law, the KidsPlay Children’s Museum in Torrington and the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington. Other popular hotspots include Gilson Cafe and Cinema in Winsted, the Pleasant Valley Drive-In in Barkhamsted and the Warner Theater in Torrington.

When you want to get away, a short and scenic drive will open up even more opportunities for weekend fun. Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods, the Mystic Seaport and Aquarium and major cities like Boston and New York are just a few hours away.

  • Action Wildlife
  • Addis Park
  • Appalachian Trail (between Salisbury and Kent)
  • Black Rock State Park
  • Brodie Park
  • Burr Pond State Park
  • Campbell Falls State Park
  • Cathedral Pines Trail in Cornwall
  • Dennis Hill State Park
  • Enders State Forest
  • Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust
  • Haystack Mountain State Park
  • Hidden Valley Preserve
  • Housatonic Meadows State Park
  • Housatonic Range Trail
  • Kent Falls State Park
  • Lovers Leap State Park
  • Macedonia Brook State Park
  • Macricostas Preserve
  • Mount Bushnell State Park
  • Mt. Tom State Park
  • Platt Hill State Park Scenic Preserve
  • Peoples State Forest
  • Steep Rock Preserve
  • White Memorial Conservation Center
  • Whitestone Cliffs Trail

  • Bantam Lake

  • Candlewood Lake

  • Highland Lake

  • Lake Lillinonah

  • Lake Waramaug State Park

  • Mudge Pond Town Beach

  • Twin Lakes

  • Butternut Ski Area

  • Mohawk Mountain Ski Area

  • Mount Snow

  • Ski Sundown

  • Brewery Legitimus

  • Clocktown Brewing

  • Connecticut Valley Winery

  • Haight Brown Vineyard

  • Hopkins Vineyard

  • Housatonic River Brewing

  • Jerram Winery

  • Kent Falls Brewing

  • Land of Nod Vineyard and Winery

  • Little Red Barn Brewers

  • Miranda Vineyard

  • Sunset Meadow Vineyards

  • Walker Road Vineyards

  • Woodbury Brewing

  • American Museum of Tort Law

  • Eric Sloane Museum and Kent Iron Furnace

  • Glebe House Museum and Gertrude Jekyll Garden

  • Hill-Stead Museum

  • Kids Play Children’s Museum

  • Railroad Museum New England

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