Prospect, Connecticut

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Prospect, Connecticut
Town
Flag of Prospect, Connecticut
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Official seal of Prospect, Connecticut
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Location in New Haven County, Connecticut
Location in New Haven County, Connecticut
Coordinates: 41°29′58″N 72°58′31″W / 41.49944°N 72.97528°W / 41.49944; -72.97528Coordinates: 41°29′58″N 72°58′31″W / 41.49944°N 72.97528°W / 41.49944; -72.97528
Country United States
State Connecticut
NECTA Waterbury
Region Central Naugatuck Valley
Incorporated 1827
Government
 • Type Mayor-council
 • Mayor Robert J. Chatfield
Area
 • Total 14.5 sq mi (37.6 km2)
 • Land 14.3 sq mi (37.1 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
Elevation 823 ft (251 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 9,405
 • Density 650/sq mi (250/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 06712
Area code(s) 203
FIPS code 09-62290
GNIS feature ID 0213493
Website www.townofprospect.com

Prospect is a town in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 9,405 at the 2010 census.[1]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 14.5 square miles (38 km2), of which 14.3 square miles (37 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2), or 1.58%, is water. Neighboring towns are Waterbury to the north, Cheshire to the east, Bethany to the south, and Naugatuck to the west.

Demographics[edit]

As of the 2010 Census,[2] there were 9,405 people, 3,357 households, and 2,616 families residing in the town. The population density was 608.1 people per square mile (234.8/km²). There were 3,094 housing units at an average density of 216.1 per square mile (83.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.3% White, 1.9% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.8% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.3% of the population.

There were 3,357 households out of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.3% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.1% were non-families. 28.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the town the population was spread out with 22.6% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 22.0% from 25 to 44, 32.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.8 years. For every 100 females there were 93.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $93,631, and the median income for a family was $104,306. The per capita income for the town was $26,827. About 2.1% of families and 2.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.1% of those under age 18 and 3.7% of those age 65 or over.

Elected officials[edit]

Mayor Robert (Bob) J. Chatfield (R)
(Since 1978)
Town Clerk M. Carrie Anderson (R)
Town Treasurer David L. Young (R)
Tax Collector Diane M. Lauber (R)

as of 2013 [1]

Robert J. Chatfield, the longest serving chief elected official in the state, has held the title of mayor in Prospect for 19 terms. Only one elected official has served longer, Senator George "Doc" Gunther, who is currently serving his 20th and final term.

In 1967, Prospect switched from first selectman to chief administrative officer, and in 1975, began running under the mayoral form of government. Chatfield, a Republican, was elected to that office on Nov. 7, 1977, and became the second mayor of the town, following George Sabo. Since that time, he has been the only mayor many Prospect residents have known.

His most memorable moment in office came when he coined the phrase "The Best Small Town in Connecticut", which has become a favorite among residents. In the late 1990s, Connecticut Magazine named the town one of the worst small towns in the state based on statistics compiled by various agencies. The statement so riled Chatfield, he and several other area chief officials wrote to the magazine supporting Prospect. The day the magazine came out, Chatfield said, he went to a sign company and ordered tags and bumper stickers claiming Prospect as the "Best Small Town in Connecticut". The tags were placed on all town vehicles, and have remained there since.

Schools[edit]

The town of Prospect is combined with Beacon Falls to create Region 16.

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • John R. Guevin - View from the Top - the story of Prospect, Connecticut, 1995, Biographical Publishing Company, ISBN 0-9637240-3-7

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