Historical United States Census totals for Tolland County, Connecticut

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This article shows U.S. Census totals for Tolland County, Connecticut, broken down by municipality, from 1900 to 2000.

Like most areas of New England, Tolland County is (and has been at all times since well before the 20th century) entirely divided into incorporated municipalities. There is no unincorporated territory.

There are three types of municipalities in Connecticut: towns, boroughs and cities. As in the other New England states, towns are the basic unit of municipal government.

Boroughs overlay towns and assume responsibility for some municipal services within their boundaries. Boroughs are not found in any of the other New England states, and are not very common in Connecticut today, although they were somewhat more numerous in the past. A number of boroughs have disincorporated over the years, choosing to revert to full town control.

Cities also overlay towns. This is different from the other New England states, where cities are a different type of municipality equivalent to a town (this difference is related to cities having originally developed in Connecticut from the borough model). Most current cities are coextensive with their parent town, however, such that the entire municipality functions as a city. In practice, these cities are really no different from cities in the other New England states.

It is also possible for a city in Connecticut to overlay part, but not all, of a town. There are currently only one or two examples, but it was a more common arrangement in the past. Many of today’s coextensive cities were non-coextensive at one time. As with boroughs, a number of non-coextensive cities have also disincorporated over the years, choosing to revert to full town control.

The main tables below show municipalities at the town level. For any census, adding up the totals for each town should yield the county total. In cases where a community encompassed a coextensive city, the tables in the New England Historical U.S. Census Totals series mark the community as a city; however, there have never been any coextensive cities in Tolland County. In cases where a town included a non-coextensive city, the total shown below represents the entire town, including but not limited to the city. A separate section follows with population totals for boroughs and non-coextensive cities.

For more information on the New England municipal system, see New England town.

Corporate changes since 1900[edit]

There have been no changes in Tolland County’s town-level municipality roster since 1900.

1900[edit]

County Total: 24,523

  • Vernon 8,483
  • Stafford 4,297
  • Ellington 1,829
  • Mansfield 1,827
  • Coventry 1,632
  • Somers 1,593
  • Tolland 1,036
  • Hebron 1,016
  • Willington 885
  • Columbia 655
  • Bolton 457
  • Union 428
  • Andover 385

1910[edit]

County Total: 26,459

  • Vernon 9,087
  • Stafford 5,233
  • Ellington 1,999
  • Mansfield 1,977
  • Somers 1,653
  • Coventry 1,606
  • Tolland 1,126
  • Willington 1,112
  • Hebron 894
  • Columbia 646
  • Bolton 433
  • Andover 371
  • Union 322

1920[edit]

County Total: 27,216

  • Vernon 8,898
  • Stafford 5,407
  • Mansfield 2,574
  • Ellington 2,127
  • Somers 1,673
  • Coventry 1,582
  • Willington 1,200
  • Tolland 1,040
  • Hebron 915
  • Columbia 706
  • Bolton 448
  • Andover 389
  • Union 257

1930[edit]

County Total: 28,659

  • Vernon 8,703
  • Stafford 5,949
  • Mansfield 3,349
  • Ellington 2,253
  • Somers 1,917
  • Coventry 1,554
  • Willington 1,213
  • Tolland 1,064
  • Hebron 879
  • Columbia 648
  • Bolton 504
  • Andover 430
  • Union 196

1940[edit]

County Total: 31,866

  • Vernon 8,978
  • Stafford 5,835
  • Mansfield 4,559
  • Ellington 2,479
  • Somers 2,114
  • Coventry 2,102
  • Willington 1,233
  • Tolland 1,192
  • Hebron 999
  • Columbia 853
  • Bolton 728
  • Andover 560
  • Union 234

1950[edit]

County Total: 44,709

  • Vernon 10,115
  • Mansfield 10,008
  • Stafford 6,471
  • Coventry 4,043
  • Ellington 3,099
  • Somers 2,631
  • Tolland 1,659
  • Willington 1,462
  • Columbia 1,327
  • Hebron 1,320
  • Bolton 1,279
  • Andover 1,034
  • Union 261

1960[edit]

County Total: 68,737

  • Vernon 16,961
  • Mansfield 14,638
  • Stafford 7,476
  • Coventry 6,356
  • Ellington 5,580
  • Somers 3,702
  • Tolland 2,950
  • Bolton 2,933
  • Columbia 2,163
  • Willington 2,005
  • Hebron 1,819
  • Andover 1,771
  • Union 383

1970[edit]

County Total: 103,440

  • Vernon 27,237
  • Mansfield 19,994
  • Stafford 8,680
  • Coventry 8,140
  • Tolland 7,857
  • Ellington 7,707
  • Somers 6,893
  • Hebron 3,815
  • Willington 3,755
  • Bolton 3,691
  • Columbia 3,129
  • Andover 2,099
  • Union 443

1980[edit]

County Total: 114,823

  • Vernon 27,974
  • Mansfield 20,634
  • Ellington 9,711
  • Tolland 9,694
  • Stafford 9,268
  • Coventry 8,895
  • Somers 8,473
  • Hebron 5,453
  • Willington 4,694
  • Bolton 3,951
  • Columbia 3,386
  • Andover 2,144
  • Union 546

1990[edit]

County Total: 128,699

  • Vernon 29,841
  • Mansfield 21,103
  • Ellington 11,197
  • Stafford 11,091
  • Tolland 11,001
  • Coventry 10,063
  • Somers 9,108
  • Hebron 7,079
  • Willington 5,979
  • Bolton 4,575
  • Columbia 4,510
  • Andover 2,540
  • Union 612

2000[edit]

County Total: 136,364

  • Vernon 28,063
  • Mansfield 20,816
  • Tolland 13,086
  • Ellington 12,921
  • Coventry 11,468
  • Stafford 11,307
  • Somers 10,417
  • Hebron 8,610
  • Willington 5,959
  • Bolton 5,017
  • Columbia 4,971
  • Andover 3,036
  • Union 693

Boroughs and Non-coextensive Cities[edit]

As of 1900, Tolland County contained one borough and one non-coextensive city:

  • The borough of Stafford Springs, within of the town of Stafford
  • The city of Rockville, within the town of Vernon

The city of Rockville disincorporated in 1965, and the borough of Stafford Springs disincorporated in 1991.

1900

  • Rockville (city) 7,287
  • Stafford Springs (borough) 2,460

1910

  • Rockville (city) 7,977
  • Stafford Springs (borough) 3,059

1920

  • Rockville (city) 7,726
  • Stafford Springs (borough) 3,383

1930

  • Rockville (city) 7,445
  • Stafford Springs (borough) 3,492

1940

  • Rockville (city) 7,572
  • Stafford Springs (borough) 3,401

1950

  • Rockville (city) 8,016
  • Stafford Springs (borough) 3,396

1960

  • Rockville (city) 9,478
  • Stafford Springs (borough) 3,322

1970

  • Stafford Springs (borough) 3,339

1980

  • Stafford Springs (borough) 3,392

1990

  • Stafford Springs (borough) 4,100

2000

There were no boroughs or non-coextensive cities in Tolland County at the time of the 2000 Census.

Notes[edit]

2000 Census

The Census Bureau made a number of revisions to 2000 census totals subsequent to their initial release. The 2000 total for the town of Mansfield was originally reported as 20,720; for the town of Tolland 13,146; and for the town of Coventry, 11,504. The totals were later revised to those shown in the list above. This was apparently done to correct assignment errors between these towns; the collective population of the three towns is the same using either set of figures, so the county total was not affected.

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