Vernon, Connecticut

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Vernon, Connecticut
Town
Town of Vernon
The Tower on Fox Hill in Henry Park
The Tower on Fox Hill in Henry Park
Flag of Vernon, Connecticut
Flag
Official seal of Vernon, Connecticut
Seal
Motto: The Crossroads for Opportunity
Location within Tolland County, Connecticut
Location within Tolland County, Connecticut
Coordinates: 41°50′13″N 72°27′38″W / 41.83694°N 72.46056°W / 41.83694; -72.46056Coordinates: 41°50′13″N 72°27′38″W / 41.83694°N 72.46056°W / 41.83694; -72.46056
Country United States
State Connecticut
NECTA Hartford
Region Capitol Region
Incorporated 1808
Government
 • Type Mayor-council
 • Mayor George Apel(R)
Area
 • Total 18.1 sq mi (46.9 km2)
 • Land 17.7 sq mi (45.8 km2)
 • Water 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)
Elevation 390 ft (119 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 29,179
 • Density 1,649/sq mi (637/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 06066
Area code(s) 860
FIPS code 09-78250
GNIS feature ID 0213520
Website www.vernon-ct.gov

Vernon is a town in Tolland County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 29,179 at the 2010 census.

Vernon was incorporated in October, 1808, from Bolton. Vernon contains the former city of Rockville, incorporated in January, 1889. The town of Vernon and city of Rockville consolidated as a town on July 1, 1965. Vernon also contains the smaller villages of Talcottville and Dobsonville.

The town is the birthplace of the former professional American football player and four times Super Bowl champion, Bill Romanowski. The former Governor of Virginia and now Senator Mark Warner was raised there. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer Gene Pitney also grew up in the town, from which he obtained his stage name: "The Rockville Rocket." Charles Ethan Porter (c. 1847-1923), an African American still life painter, moved to the Rockville neighborhood as a child.

Vernon is the location of the New England Civil War Museum.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 18.1 square miles (47 km2), of which 17.7 square miles (46 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) (1.88%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population of
Vernon[2]
2000 28,063
2010 29,179

At the 2000 census,[3] there were 28,063 people, 12,269 households and 7,275 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,582.8 per square mile (611.1/km²). There were 12,867 housing units at an average density of 725.7 per square mile (280.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 89.95% White, 3.99% African American, 0.24% Native American, 2.65% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.22% from other races, and 1.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.58% of the population.

There were 12,269 households of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.7% were non-families. Of all households 33.0% were made up of individuals and 10.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.90.

22.1% of the population were under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 32.4% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.1 males.

The median household income was $47,816 and the median family income was $59,599. Males had a median income of $43,620 compared with $31,515 for females. The per capita income for the town was $25,150. About 4.1% of families and 5.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.9% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Lake Street School
  • Maple Street School
  • Northeast School
  • Center Road School
  • Skinner Road School

Middle and secondary schools[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates
  2. ^ [1][2]
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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