Colony Street, about 1905
|Nickname: The Silver City of the World|
Location in Connecticut
|Region||South Central Region|
|- Council leaders||Mark Benigni, Mayor|
Matthew C. A nickname is a Name of an entity or thing that is not its Proper name. Connecticut ( is a state located in the New England region of the northeastern United States of America. A New England City and Town Area or NECTA is a geographic and statistical entity defined by the U In the council-manager form of government an elected city council (typically between five and 11 people is responsible for making Policy, passing Ordinances voting Appropriations Dominello, Deputy Mayor
Stephen T. Zerio, Council Leader
Keith Gordon, Deputy Leader
Patricia D. Lynes, Deputy Leader
|- City manager||Lawrence J. Kendzior|
|- Total||62. Area is a Quantity expressing the two- Dimensional size of a defined part of a Surface, typically a region bounded by a closed Curve. 5 km² (24. To help compare Orders of magnitude of different geographical regions we list here areas between 1000 km2 and 10000 km2 1 sq mi)|
|- Land||61. The square mile is an imperial and US unit of Area equal the area of a square of one statute mile. 5 km² (23. 8 sq mi)|
|- Water||1. 0 km² (0. 4 sq mi)|
|Elevation||54 m (177 ft)|
|- Density||968/km² (2,507. The elevation of a Geographic location is its height above a fixed reference point often the mean sea level. The metre or meter is a unit of Length. It is the basic unit of Length in the Metric system and in the International A foot (plural feet or foot; symbol or abbreviation ft or sometimes &prime – the prime symbol) is a non-SI unit Population density (in agriculture standing stock and Standing crop) is a measurement of Population per unit area or unit volume 1/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Eastern (UTC-5)|
|- Summer (DST)||Eastern (UTC-4)|
|ZIP code||06450, 06451|
|GNIS feature ID||0208834|
Meriden is a city in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States. The Eastern Time Zone ( ET) of the Western Hemisphere falls mostly along the east coast of North America and the west coast of South America UTC−5 is the Time offset used in the North American Eastern Time Zone during Standard time and in the North American Central Time Zone during Daylight saving time ( DST The Eastern Time Zone ( ET) of the Western Hemisphere falls mostly along the east coast of North America and the west coast of South America UTC−4 is the Time offset used in the Atlantic Standard Time Zone in Canada in winter and the North American Eastern Time Zone during A telephone numbering plan is a plan for allocating Telephone number ranges to countries regions areas and exchanges and to non-fixed telephone networks Area code 203 is a Telephone Area code that covers the southwestern part of Connecticut. Federal Information Processing Standards ( FIPS) are publicly announced standards developed by the United States Federal government for use by all non-military The Geographic Names Information System ( GNIS) is a database that contains name and locative information about more than two million physical and cultural features located throughout New Haven County is located in the south central part of the U Connecticut ( is a state located in the New England region of the northeastern United States of America. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the According to 2005 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 59,653. 
Meriden was originally part of Wallingford. Wallingford is a town in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States. It was granted a separate meetinghouse in 1727, became a town in 1806, and incorporated as a city in 1867. The New England town is the basic unit of local government in each of the six New England states It was named for the town of Meriden, West Midlands, England. Meriden is a Village and Civil parish in the Solihull borough of the West Midlands in England, United Kingdom. The West Midlands is a Metropolitan county in western central England with a population of 2591300
The oldest house in town still standing, built by Solomon Goffe in 1711, is now a museum, the Solomon Goffe House. The Solomon Goffe House is located on North Colony Street in Meriden Connecticut.
In the 1800s, Meriden earned the nickname “Silver City,” due to the large number of cutlery and related products which were manufactured here by companies such as International Silver and Meriden Cutlery.
Charles Parker and his younger brother, opened their first manufacturing factory in Meriden in 1832, with a capital outlay of $70. 00. Over the years they manufactured a wide variety of products‚ from steam engines, train wheels and printing presses to piano stools. During the American Civil War Parker's Meriden Machine Company was under Union contract to produce 10,000 repeating rifles and 15,000 Springfield rifles. Causes of the war See also Origins of the American Civil War, Timeline of events leading to the American Civil War The coexistence of a slave-owning South A repeating rifle is a single barreled Rifle containing multiple rounds of Ammunition. The term Springfield Rifle may refer to any one of several types of Small arms produced by the Springfield Armory in Springfield Massachusetts, for the Parker began producing his own shotgun, referred to as “The Gun of 1866”. In 1868, Charles and his sons, Wilbur, Charles and Dexter started the Parker Brothers Gun Company, which continued as an independent company until 1934 when it was purchased by the Remington Arms Company. Remington Arms is a major American manufacturer of Rifles Shotguns other Firearms, Revolvers and Ammunition. 
The Hanging Hills' Hubbard Park was financed by Walter Hubbard, local entrepreneur and president of the Bradley & Hubbard Manufacturing Company. Hubbard Park, located in the Hanging Hills of Connecticut, is a wooded mountainous park located just north of downtown urban Meriden Connecticut. Hubbard elicited the assistance of notable landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted in drawing up the design. Frederick Law Olmsted ( April 25, 1822 &ndash August 28, 1903) was an American landscape designer and father of American 
Edwin Howard Armstrong, a network radio pioneer who invented FM radio, used West Peak for the location of one of the first FM radio broadcasts in 1939. Edwin Howard Armstrong ( December 18, 1890 &ndash January 31, 1954) was an American Electrical engineer and Inventor See also Frequency modulation, FM band FM broadcasting is a broadcast Technology invented by Edwin Howard Armstrong that His original 70 feet (21 m) tall radio mast still stands on the peak. A foot (plural feet or foot; symbol or abbreviation ft or sometimes &prime – the prime symbol) is a non-SI unit The metre or meter is a unit of Length. It is the basic unit of Length in the Metric system and in the International Currently West Peak is home to six FM broadcast stations, including WPKT, WWYZ, WKSS, WDRC-FM, WPHH and WHCN.  In 1900, Castle Craig was dedicated in Hubbard Park. Year 1900 ( MCM) was an exceptional Common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar Castle Craig, located on East Peak in the Hanging Hills, is constructed of Traprock and is in height and has a base in circumference.
The Curtis Memorial Library opened in 1903. The Curtis Memorial Library opened in 1903 It is located on East Main Street in Meriden Connecticut.
Meriden is known as the home of the first steamed cheeseburger, which remains a popular local favorite to this day.
The Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist have their mother house in Meriden as do the Franciscan Brothers of the Eucharist. The Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist is a Roman Catholic religious congregation for women The Franciscan Brothers of the Eucharist is a Roman Catholic, Franciscan religious order for men
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 24. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title) is the government agency that is responsible for the United States Census 1 square miles (62. The square mile is an imperial and US unit of Area equal the area of a square of one statute mile. 5 km²), of which, 23. Square Kilometre ( US spelling square kilometer) symbol km2, is a decimal multiple of the SI unit of 8 square miles (61. 5 km²) of it is land and 0. 4 square miles (1. 0 km²) of it (1. 66%) is water.
Meriden is a showcase for a number of prominent peaks of the Metacomet Ridge, a mountainous traprock ridgeline that stretches from Long Island Sound to nearly the Vermont border. The Metacomet Ridge, Metacomet Ridge Mountians, or Metacomet Range of southern New England, United States is a narrow and steep Fault-block Trap rock is a form of Plutonic Igneous rock that tends to form polygonal vertical fractures most typically hexagonal but also four to eight sided Long Island Sound is an Estuary of the Atlantic Ocean and various Rivers in the United States that lies between the coast of Connecticut Vermont ( is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States of America. Notable peaks in Meriden include the Hanging Hills (West Peak, East Peak, South Mountain, and Cathole Mountain); Lamentation Mountain, Chauncey Peak, and Besek Mountain. The Hanging Hills of south central Connecticut are a range of mountainous Traprock ridges overlooking the city of Meriden and the Quinnipiac River Should not be confused with West Rock, another traprock summit in Connecticut West Peak,, of the Hanging Hills, is the highest Should not be confused with East Rock, another traprock summit in Connecticut East Peak,, is a prominent Traprock peak in This article is about South Mountain of New Haven County Connecticut Cathole Mountain,, is the lowest peak in the Traprock Hanging Hills of Meriden Connecticut. Lamentation Mountain, or Mount Lamentation Chauncey Peak,, is a Traprock Besek Mountain also known as Black Mountain Castle Craig, a city landmark for over a century, was constructed among the Hanging Hills in Hubbard Park. Castle Craig, located on East Peak in the Hanging Hills, is constructed of Traprock and is in height and has a base in circumference. Hubbard Park, located in the Hanging Hills of Connecticut, is a wooded mountainous park located just north of downtown urban Meriden Connecticut.
The Quinnipiac River cuts through the southwest quadrant of the city, which is known to area residents as "South Meriden". The Quinnipiac River is a River in the New England region of the United States, located entirely in the state of Connecticut. Here, the river cuts through two hills for almost a mile, resulting in a gorge full of exposed sandstone and brownstone cliffs. Sandstone is a Sedimentary rock composed mainly of Sand -size Mineral or rock grains. Brownstone is a brown Triassic Sandstone which was once a popular Building material.
As of the census of 2000, there were 58,244 people, 22,951 households, and 14,964 families residing in the city. A census is the procedure of acquiring information about every member of a given population The population density was 2,452. Population density (in agriculture standing stock and Standing crop) is a measurement of Population per unit area or unit volume 8 people per square mile (946. 9/km²). There were 24,631 housing units at an average density of 1,037. 3/sq mi (400. 4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 80. 2% White, 6. 4% Black or African American, 0. 4% Native American, 1. 4% Asian, 0. 02% Pacific Islander, 8. 6% from other races, and 2. 9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 32. 4% of the population.
There were 22,951 households out of which 31. 3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45. 4% were married couples living together, 15. NOTICE TO WOULD-BE ROMEOS ************** 2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34. 8% were non-families. 28. 9% of all households were made up of individuals and 10. 7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2. 49 and the average family size was 3. 08.
In the city the population was spread out with 25. 7% under the age of 18, 8. 1% from 18 to 24, 30. 2% from 25 to 44, 21. 9% from 45 to 64, and 14. 1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94. 0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89. 2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $43,237, and the median income for a family was $52,788. Males had a median income of $39,633 versus $10,268 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,597. Per capita income means how much each individual receives in monetary terms of the yearly income generated in the country About 17. 5% of families and 20. 5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33. The poverty threshold, or poverty line, is the minimum level of Income deemed necessary to achieve an adequate Standard of living in a given country 3% of those under age 18 and 23. 8% of those age 65 or over.
|Voter Registration and Party Enrollment as of October 25, 2005|
|Party||Active Voters||Inactive Voters||Total Voters||Percentage|
|Democratic||9,225||524||9,749||30. The Democratic Party is one of two major Political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. 15%|
|Minor Parties||19||2||21||0. 06%|
The city of Meriden is connected to the cities of New Haven, Hartford, and Springfield, Massachusetts by regional rail service provided by Amtrak, which runs north-to-south through the center of the city. Meriden is a Train station in Meriden Connecticut located on the New Haven-Springfield Line. Springfield is a City in and the County seat of Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts ( is a state located in the New England region of the northeastern United States. The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Doing business as Amtrak, is a Government-owned corporation that was organized on May 1, 1971 This rail line opened in 1839, and operated for many years under the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. The New York New Haven and Hartford Railroad was a railroad that operated in the northeast United States from 1872 to 1969 The city was also serviced by the Middletown, Meriden and Waterbury Railroad, which provided both freight and passenger service to Waterbury and Middletown from 1888 until its abandonment in 1924. Middletown is a city located in Middlesex County, Connecticut, along the Connecticut River, in the south-central part of the state 16 miles (26 km
Currently, Amtrak runs 16 trains through the Meriden station on most weekdays, but these are not widely used for commuting. However, The success of the state's subsidized commuter rail line,Shoreline East. Shore Line East (SLE is a Commuter rail service operating in southern Connecticut, USA. has spurred the state to open a New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Commuter Rail Line in 2011. The New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Commuter Rail Line is a proposed Commuter rail line running from New Haven Connecticut to Hartford and Springfield Funds from the state will pay for a new station in Meriden, and city officials are hoping to capitalize on the commuters that will use the station and create a transit village in the city. A transit village is a planned development around a transportation hub such as a Train station, with the intent to make it convenient for village dwellers to get to/from work They hope this will spur revitalization of the downtown area.
In the Quinnipiac River Gorge in South Meriden, 1. 5 miles of the original MM&W Railroad right of way has been converted into a recreational linear trail. Rail trail is a term for a Trail that makes use of a railroad right-of-way (ROW. Open to the public in December 2006, with formal dedication planned for November 3, 2007.
The city of Meriden is located on Interstate 91, which provides access to Hartford, Springfield, Massachusetts, and New Haven. Interstate 91 (abbreviated I-91) is an Interstate highway in the New England section of the United States. Springfield is a City in and the County seat of Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts ( is a state located in the New England region of the northeastern United States. Interstate 691 provides access to Interstate 84 and points west such as Waterbury. Interstate 691 (abbreviated I-691) is a portion of the Interstate Highway System in Connecticut beginning at Interstate 91 in Meriden Interstate 84 (abbreviated I-84) is an Interstate highway extending from Dunmore Pennsylvania (near Scranton Pennsylvania) at an intersection The Wilbur Cross Parkway, which provides access to points south such as Wallingford, New Haven, and New York City becomes the Berlin Turnpike on the northern end of Meriden. The Wilbur Cross Parkway is a Limited access road in Connecticut, comprising the portion of Route 15 between Milford and Meriden. Wallingford is a town in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States. The City of New York The Berlin Turnpike is a 4-lane/6-lane divided Arterial road carrying U
View from Town Hall tower, 1907
High School building, 1909
Meriden was the location chosen for the filming of the 1989 Robert De Niro film Jacknife. Castle Craig, located on East Peak in the Hanging Hills, is constructed of Traprock and is in height and has a base in circumference. The Curtis Memorial Library opened in 1903 It is located on East Main Street in Meriden Connecticut. The Hanging Hills of south central Connecticut are a range of mountainous Traprock ridges overlooking the city of Meriden and the Quinnipiac River Hubbard Park, located in the Hanging Hills of Connecticut, is a wooded mountainous park located just north of downtown urban Meriden Connecticut. The Solomon Goffe House is located on North Colony Street in Meriden Connecticut. Year 1989 ( MCMLXXXIX) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar) Robert Mario De Niro Jr (born August 17 1943 is a two-time Academy Award -winning American Film Actor, director and producer Jacknife is a 1989 American film directed by David Jones and starring Robert De Niro and Ed Harris. Many Meriden landmarks can be seen in the film, and many Meriden residents boast of encountering De Niro during the filming.
Dan Petriw's investigative special for Channel 8 News about the "tail pipe golf ball" craze of the 1990's was filmed at Fantozzi's Oldsmobile Dealership on Broad Street. Channel 8, as a Television channel, may refer to Channel 8 of MediaCorp TV in Singapore TVB8 Oldsmobile was a brand of Automobile produced for most of its existence by General Motors. Several commuters and car dealers in Meriden had reported that tail pipes on their new and used vehicles were randomly being stuffed with golf balls, thereby causing major damage to their exhaust systems. Petriw assisted the Meriden Police Department in the capture of the suspects by placing hidden cameras in the Meriden City commuter parking lot as well in several locations at Fantozzi's Oldsmobile dealership. Commuting is the process of Travelling between one's place of residence and regular place of work Oldsmobile was a brand of Automobile produced for most of its existence by General Motors. The juveniles were tried and sentenced by the Hon. Judge Jared Steinberg at the Meriden Superior Court. In Common law systems a superior court is a Court of general Competence which typically has unlimited Jurisdiction with regard to civil and
Meriden's Ted's Steamed Cheeseburger Restaurant was featured in the documentary Hamburger America. Ted's Restaurant in Meriden Connecticut is a Hamburger restaurant that is known for their steamed Cheeseburger.
The 2006 movie The quiet was based here
Tomie dePaola's "26 Fairmount Avenue" is based on the author's Meriden childhood. The Quiet is a 2005 film directed by Jamie Babbit, and starring Elisha Cuthbert and Camilla Belle.
Many towns in the western United States were named for Meriden, Connecticut including Meriden, Iowa, Meriden, Kansas, Meriden, Wyoming, and Meriden Township, Minnesota. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Meriden is a city in Cherokee County, Iowa, United States. The population was 184 at the 2000 census The State of Iowa ( is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States of America. Meriden is a city in Jefferson County, Kansas, United States. Kansas ( is a Midwestern state in the central region of the United States of America, an area often referred to as the American " Meriden is an unincorporated crossroads in Laramie County, Wyoming, United States. The State of Wyoming ( is a sparsely populated state in the western region of the United States. Minnesota ( Native Americans demonstrated the name to early settlers