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Eastford, Connecticut

Eastford, Connecticut
Town
The Union Society of Phoenixville House
The Union Society of Phoenixville House
Official seal of Eastford, Connecticut
Seal
Location in Windham County and the state of Connecticut.
Location in Windham County and the state of Connecticut.
Coordinates:
Country United States
State Connecticut
NECTA None
Region Northeastern Connecticut
County Windham
Incorporated 1847
Government
 • Type Selectman-town meeting
 • First selectman Allan E. Platt
Area
 • Total 29.2 sq mi (75.6 km2)
 • Land 28.9 sq mi (74.8 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)
Elevation 653 ft (199 m)
Population (2005)
 • Total 1,761
 • Density 61/sq mi (24/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 06242
Area code(s) 860
FIPS code 09-21860
GNIS feature ID 213420
Website Eastford

Eastford is a town in Windham County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 1,618 at the 2000 census.

History

Eastford was formed in 1847 when it was broken off from Ashford, Connecticut. It has been a rural community for its whole history.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 29.2 square miles (76 km2), of which, 28.9 square miles (75 km2) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) of it (1.20%) is water.

Principal Communities

  • Phoenixville—A 1930s book describes it as "a small crossroads hamlet on Still River, which grew up around a twine mill (1831), now abandoned."[1]
  • East Phoenixville

On the National Register of Historic Places

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,618 people, 618 households, and 451 families residing in the town. The population density was 56.0 people per square mile (21.6/km²). There were 705 housing units at an average density of 24.4 per square mile (9.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.78% White, 0.43% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.31% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.36% of the population.

There were 618 households out of which 100 have children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.1% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.0% were non-families. 21.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the town the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 25.4% from 45 to 64, and 13.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 103.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $57,159, and the median income for a family was $62,031. Males had a median income of $45,000 versus $31,964 for females. The per capita income for the town was $25,364. About 4.4% of families and 6.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.0% of those under age 18 and 3.7% of those age 65 or over.

Voter Registration and Party Enrollment as of October 27, 2009[3]
Party Active Voters Inactive Voters Total Voters Percentage
  Republican 391 25 416 34.84%
  Democratic 290 9 299 25.04%
  Unaffiliated 437 38 475 39.78%
  Minor Parties 0 0 0 0.0%
Total 1,121 73 1,194 100%

Education

Residents are zoned to the Eastford School District for grades Preschool through 8. The only school in the district is Eastford Elementary School. Most high schoolers attend Woodstock Academy. The town is near three alternative high schools: Ellis Vocational Technical School, Windham Technical School and Quinebaug Middle College.

Notable people

Trivia

There was another Eastford in the state which was renamed East Windsor shortly after its separation from Windsor.

References

  1. ^ Federal Writer's Project for the State of Connecticut. Connecticut; a Guide to Its Roads, Lore, and People. p. 434. Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  3. ^ "Registration and Party Enrollment Statistics as of October 27, 2009" (PDF). Connecticut Secretary of State. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  • U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Eastford, Connecticut

External links

  • Town government Web site
  • Eastford Public Library Web page
  • Mystic Country: The Eastern Regional Tourism District

Education links

  • Eastford Elementary School
  • Woodstock Academy
  • H.H. Ellis Technical High School in Danielson
  • Windham Technical High School in Willimantic
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