East Granby, Connecticut

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East Granby
Town
Official seal of East Granby
Seal
Location within Hartford County, Connecticut
Location within Hartford County, Connecticut
Coordinates: 41°56′48″N 72°44′28″W / 41.94667°N 72.74111°W / 41.94667; -72.74111Coordinates: 41°56′48″N 72°44′28″W / 41.94667°N 72.74111°W / 41.94667; -72.74111
Country United States
State Connecticut
NECTA Hartford
Region Capitol Region
Incorporated 1858
Government
 • Type Selectman-town meeting
 • First selectman James Hayden
Area
 • Total 17.7 sq mi (45.8 km2)
 • Land 17.6 sq mi (45.5 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 308 ft (94 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 5,148
 • Density 290/sq mi (110/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 06026
Area code(s) 860
FIPS code 09-22070
GNIS feature ID 0213421
Website www.eastgranbyct.org

East Granby is a town in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 5,148 at the 2010 census.[1] The town celebrated its 150th anniversary with a three-day festival on June 7, 8, and 9, 2008.

Geography[edit]

Old Newgate Prison from Peak Mountain

East Granby is in the Farmington valley, with the Farmington River passing along the southern border of the town. The Metacomet Ridge, a mountainous trap rock ridgeline that stretches from Long Island Sound to nearly the Vermont border, runs through the center of the town, cutting off Salisbury Plain to the east, which used to lie under the ancient, glacial Lake Hitchcock. High points on the Metacomet Ridge in East Granby include Hatchet Hill and Peak Mountain; the latter offers a bird's eye view of the historic Old Newgate Prison. The 51-mile (82 km) Metacomet Trail traverses the ridge.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 4,745 people, 1,848 households, and 1,354 families residing in the town. The population density was 271.5 people per square mile (104.8/km²). There were 1,903 housing units at an average density of 108.9 per square mile (42.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.60% White, 1.37% African American, 0.13% Native American, 1.05% Asian, 0.65% from other races, and 1.20% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.52% of the population.

There were 1,848 households out of which 35.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.8% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.7% were non-families. 22.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the town the population was spread out with 26.1% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 30.9% from 25 to 44, 27.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 96.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $68,696, and the median income for a family was $77,621. Males had a median income of $48,992 versus $37,450 for females. The per capita income for the town was $30,805. About 0.9% of families and 1.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.6% of those under age 18 and 3.2% of those age 65 or over.

Government & Politics[edit]

Voter Registration and Party Enrollment as of October 30, 2012[3]
Party Active Voters Inactive Voters Total Voters Percentage
  Democratic 995 19 1,014 27.24%
  Republican 1,012 11 1,023 27.49%
  Unaffiliated 1,504 46 1,550 41.64%
  Minor Parties 32 3 35 0.94%
Total 3,543 79 3,622 100%

Voting[edit]

Election results from statewide races
Year Office Results
2012 President Romney 50.3 - 48.3%
Senator McMahon 53.1 - 44.6%

Notable residents[edit]

Education[edit]

East Granby is served by East Granby Public Schools, including East Granby High School, the smallest public high school in the state of Connecticut. The high school mascot is a crusader, and the middle school's is a purple wave. Both the high school's and the middle school's colors are purple and white.

National Register of Historic Places[edit]

Ezekiel Phelps House

In popular culture[edit]

East Granby was noted in the book The Black Box, a record of airplane CVR recordings. East Granby was the site of the American Airlines Flight 1572 incident, which clipped the tops of trees in East Granby as it came in for a landing at Bradley International Airport.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): East Granby town, Hartford County, Connecticut". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Registration and Party Enrollment Statistics as of October 30, 2012" (PDF). Connecticut Secretary of State. Archived from the original on 2012-10-30. Retrieved 2006-10-02. 

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