Location within New London County, Connecticut
|• Type||Selectman-town meeting|
|• First selectman||Cathy Osten|
|• Total||13.8 sq mi (35.7 km2)|
|• Land||13.2 sq mi (34.2 km2)|
|• Water||0.6 sq mi (1.6 km2)|
|Elevation||276 ft (84 m)|
|• Density||220/sq mi (84/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0213510|
Sprague is a town in New London County, Connecticut, United States. The town was named after William Sprague, who laid out the industrial section. The population was 2,984 at the 2010 census. Sprague is composed of three villages: Baltic, Hanover, and Versailles.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 13.8 square miles (35.8 km²), of which 13.2 square miles (34.2 km²) is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²), or 4.41%, is water.
- Baltic (town center)
The town hall is located in Baltic and was constructed in the 1950s.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,971 people, 1,111 households, and 797 families residing in the town. The population density was 224.8 people per square mile (86.8/km²). There were 1,164 housing units at an average density of 88.1 per square mile (34.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.42% White, 0.71% African American, 0.64% Native American, 1.35% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.37% from other races, and 1.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.11% of the population.
There were 1,111 households out of which 36.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.2% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.2% were non-families. 21.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.04.
In the town the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 32.3% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.2 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $43,125, and the median income for a family was $57,500. Males had a median income of $40,808 versus $28,616 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,796. About 2.2% of families and 6.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.1% of those under age 18 and 17.8% of those age 65 or over.
The previous industry in town was the Baltic Textile Mill, which burned down in 1999.
Ecotourism and events
Sprague is quickly becoming a destination for eco-tourism, having held their first RiverFest, a celebration of the local Shetucket River. The river and festival attract kayakers, canoe enthusiasts, tubers, and nature lovers. A companion festival, the Three Villages Festival, is held each year in October in Baltic, on the public ball field and surrounding area.
Notable residents past and present
- Leo Connellan (1928–2001), poet laureate of Connecticut (1996-2001), lived his later years and died in town.
- Charles S. Whitman (1868–1947), judge and the 41st Governor of New York, born in town.
- Catherine Ann Osten (1955-?), first selectman (2007-present), state senator (2013-?).
- Glenn Alan Cheney (1951-?), author, selectman (2005-2007).
On the National Register of Historic Places
A historic district and two individual buildings in Sprague are listed on the National Register of Historic Places:
- Ashlawn — 1 Potash Hill Road (added July 4, 1979)
- Baltic Historic District — Roughly bounded by Fifth Avenue, River, High, Main, West Main, and the Shetucket River (added September 3, 1987)
- William Park House — 330 Main Street (added March 7, 2007)
- "Profile for Sprague, Connecticut". ePodunk. Retrieved 2010-05-11.
- "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Sprague town, New London County, Connecticut". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved October 29, 2012.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.