Milford, CT

Milford is a coastal city in southwestern New Haven County, Connecticut, United States, located between Bridgeport and New Haven. The city contains the incorporated borough of Woodmont and the unincorporated village of Devon.

Aerial view of Milford's and harbor
Aerial view of Milford’s and harbor

Principal Communities of Milford

  • Downtown Milford
  • Devon
  • Rivercliff
  • Morningside†
  • Point Beach†
  • Bayview†
  • Walnut Beach†
  • Wildermere Beach†
  • Laurel Beach†
  • Borough of Woodmont‡

Other minor communities and geographic features are Anchor Beach, Bayview Heights, Burwells Beach, Cedar Beach, Downtown Historic District, Ettadore Park, Far View Beach, Forest Heights, Fort Trumbull, Great River, Gulf Beach, Laurel Beach, Lexington Green, Merwin’s Beach, Merwin’s Point, Milford Lawns, Milford Point, Myrtle Beach, Naugatuck Gardens, Point Lookout, Silver Sands Beach, South of the Green, Walnut Beach, Wheelers Farms.

†denotes that the community is chartered by Special Act of the Connecticut General Assembly and have been granted some of the powers normally held only by a municipality including taxing authority. ‡The Borough of Woodmont is chartered by Special Act of the Connecticut General Assembly as a municipality and has been granted all statutory powers of an municipality while simultaneously remaining part of the city of Milford.

Milford’s city hall, the fifth building to occupy the site


Milford public schools currently operates eight Elementary schools, three Middle schools, two High schools, and one Alternative Education High school. There are also a number of private schools in the city.

High Schools
  • Joseph A. Foran High School
  • Jonathan Law High School
  • The Academy
Middle Schools
  • Harborside Middle School
  • East Shore Middle School
  • West Shore Middle School
Elementary Schools
  • John F. Kennedy Elementary School
  • Pumpkin Delight Elementary School
  • Mathewson Elementary School
  • Meadowside Elementary School
  • Orange Avenue Elementary School
  • Calf Pen Meadow Elementary School
  • Live Oaks Elementary School
  • Orchard Hills Elementary School
Technical Schools
  • Platt Technical High School
Private Schools
  • Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, Lauralton Hall High School
  • Milford Christian Academy (K-12)
  • Connecticut Center for Child Development (K-12)
  • The Foundation School (9-12)
  • Charles F. Hayden School (K-8)
  • St. Gabriel School (PK-8)
  • St. Mary School (PK-8)
Former Schools
  • Milford High School (closed 1983)
  • Simon Lake Elementary School (closed 2010)
  • St. Ann School (closed 2010)
  • Central Grammar School
  • Point Beach School
  • Fannie Beach School
  • Seabreeze School
  • Lenox Avenue School
  • Fort Trumbull school

Milford Green, the second-longest green in New England

Islands and coastline

Milford has over 14 miles (23 km) of shoreline facing Long Island Sound, the most of any town in Connecticut. A large portion of Milford’s shoreline forms the Silver Sands State Park. A newly built 3/4 mile boardwalk was opened in 2011 that connects Silver Sands to Walnut Beach in Devon. Charles Island is also a part of the park and is a protected bird nesting ground. There is a sand bar (called a tombolo since it is perpendicular, not parallel to the coast) accessible during low tide that people can walk on from Silver Sands Beach to Charles Island.

The island is a part of the Hamonasset-Ledyard Moraine and was formed as glaciers retreated at the end of the last ice age. The Wisconsin glaciation formed drumlins in Milford: Clark, Burwell, Eels, Bryan and Merwin hills.

Milford owns three islands in the Housatonic River: Fowler Island, just to the south of the Igor I. Sikorsky Memorial Bridge, Duck Island, and Nells Island, both near the mouth of the river. In addition to Silver Sands State Park, Milford has five public beaches with lifeguard services for its residents – Gulf Beach, Anchor Beach, Hawley Avenue Beach, Walnut Beach, and Middle Beach – as well as seven private beaches.

View of coastline from Fort Trumbull Beach with Gulf Beach in distance

(Reference: Wikipedia)