Newtown (borough), Connecticut

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Newtown
Borough
Home of the Newtown Historical Society
Home of the Newtown Historical Society
Location in Fairfield County, Connecticut
Location in Fairfield County, Connecticut
Coordinates: 41°24′47″N 73°18′32″W / 41.413°N 73.309°W / 41.413; -73.309Coordinates: 41°24′47″N 73°18′32″W / 41.413°N 73.309°W / 41.413; -73.309
Country United States
State Connecticut
County Fairfield
Town Newtown
Area
 • Total 2.3 sq mi (6.0 km2)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 1,941
 • Density 840/sq mi (320/km2)
Area code(s) 203

Newtown is a borough in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States, within the town of Newtown. The population was 1,941 at the 2010 census.[1]

History[edit]

Newtown Borough Historic District[edit]

A small part of the borough[2] was designated as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 1996. The district area has buildings dating back from 1780. The district includes the separately NRHP-listed Glover House.

In 1996, the district included 225 contributing buildings, 2 other contributing structures, 1 contributing site, and 2 contributing objects over an 100 acres (40 ha) area.[3]

The one contributing site in the district is the "Ram's Pasture", a meadow that was common land.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.0 km²), all of it land.

Government[edit]

The Borough of Newtown occupies about 1,252 acres (5.07 km2) (or roughly two square miles) in the central part of town. Incorporated in 1824 by an act of the Connecticut General Assembly, it is one of only nine boroughs in the state. The borough adopted zoning for the town center long before the rest of the community. The lot sizes are smaller than the minimum 1-acre (4,000 m2) lots of the rest of the community. The borough also has running public water provided by a small town water company.[clarification needed] Much of the borough is sewered, whereas most of the rest of the town has wells and septic systems.[5]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 1,843 people, 649 households, and 514 families residing in the borough. The population density was 796.7 people per square mile (308.0/km²). There were 668 housing units at an average density of 288.8/sq mi (111.7/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 95.98% White, 0.38% Black or African American, 2.17% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.49% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.12% of the population.

There were 649 households out of which 39.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.2% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.8% were non-families. 16.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the borough the population was spread out with 29.1% under the age of 18, 3.5% from 18 to 24, 29.7% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.3 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $86,553, and the median income for a family was $99,835. Males had a median income of $68,516 versus $41,625 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $36,030. About 1.5% of families and 1.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.1% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Newtown borough, Connecticut". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved August 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ A small part of the current borough, but which comprised about half of the original borough as it was first incorporated in 1824, is in the National Register district. The Ram's Pasture is also in the historic district.
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  4. ^ Bruce Clouette and Hoang Tinh (November 9, 1995). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Newtown Borough Historic District". National Park Service.  and Accompanying 20 photos, from 1995 (captions on page 23 of text document)
  5. ^ "Welcome to the Town of Newtown!", town government Web site. Accessed March 28, 2007
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.