Wolcott is a town in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 16,680 at the 2010 census. Wolcott was founded in 1796 and was originally named Farmingbury. It is primarily residential. Based on 2008 CERC data, there are 6,021 existing housing units in Town, of which 90% are single family homes and 6% with 5 or greater units. According to the Towns 2011 Plan of Conservation and Development, 56% of the Towns land is undeveloped, followed by 33% residential, 4% land under water, 2% agricultural, 2% commercial, 1% industrial uses, and the remaining 2% recreational and utilities. Of the towns 13,047 acres, 86% is zoned residential, 3% business and 7% industrial zoned.