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|— Town —|
|New London County, Connecticut|
|• Type||Representative town meeting|
|• First selectman||Daniel M. Steward|
|• Town meeting moderator||Thomas J. Dembek|
|• Total||44.6 sq mi (115.4 km2)|
|• Land||32.8 sq mi (84.9 km2)|
|• Water||11.8 sq mi (30.5 km2)|
|Elevation||46 ft (14 m)|
|• Density||440/sq mi ( 170/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (UTC-4)|
|ZIP code||06375, 06385|
|GNIS feature ID||0213526|
Waterford is a town in New London County, Connecticut, United States. It is named after Waterford, Ireland. The population was 19,517 at the 2010 census. The town center is listed as a census-designated place (CDP) and had a population of 2,887 at the 2010 census.
History of Waterford 
The Founding of Waterford 
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 44.6 square miles (115.4 km2), of which 32.8 square miles (84.9 km2) is land and 11.8 square miles (30.5 km2), or 26.43%, is water. The town center CDP has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2), all land.
Principal communities 
- Morningside Park
- Quaker Hill (06375)
- Bartlett Point, Best View, Cohanzie, Thames View
Other minor communities and geographic features are Dufree Hill, East Neck, Fog Plain, Gilead, Goshen, Great Neck, Harrisons, Lake's Pond, Logger Hill, Mago Point, Magonk, Mullen Hill, Oswegatchie, Pepperbox Road, Pleasure Beach, Ridgewood Park, Riverside Beach, Spithead, Strand, West Neck.
The town consists of a wide variety of rural and city living. As of the census of 2000, there were 19,152 people, 7,542 households, and 5,219 families residing in the town. The population density was 584.7 people per square mile (225.8/km²). There were 7,986 housing units at an average density of 243.8 per square mile (94.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 92.41% White, 2.22% African American, 0.48% Native American, 2.51% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.74% from other races, and 1.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.40% of the population.
There were 7,542 households out of which 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.6% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.8% were non-families. 26.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.91.
In the town the population was spread out with 21.9% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 25.4% from 45 to 64, and 19.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 92.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.7 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $56,047, and the median income for a family was $65,659. Males had a median income of $47,312 versus $32,046 for females. The per capita income for the town was $26,807. About 2.1% of families and 4.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.7% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 65 or over.
Town center 
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,935 people, 1,298 households, and 759 families residing in the town center CDP. The population density was 1,465.7 inhabitants per square mile (566.6/km²). There were 1,379 housing units at an average density of 688.6 per square mile (266.2/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 91.65% White, 2.66% African American, 0.41% Native American, 2.28% Asian, 1.33% from other races, and 1.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.93% of the population.
There were 1,298 households out of which 23.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.5% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.5% were non-families. 36.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.87.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 20.2% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 23.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 88.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.3 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $42,409, and the median income for a family was $48,494. Males had a median income of $40,591 versus $29,015 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $22,083. About 5.9% of families and 9.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.3% of those under age 18 and 8.2% of those age 65 or over.
Millstone Nuclear Power Plant 
Notable residents 
- Veronica Ballestrini, country music artist
- Martin Branner, cartoonist (Winnie Winkle)
- Billy Gardner, Major League Baseball player/manager
- Edward Harkness, philanthropist
- Audrey Meadows, actress (The Honeymooners)
- Jesse Metcalfe, actor
Waterford's economic center is predominantly retail chains, including a variety of mini-malls and the Crystal Mall. There are several family-owned delicatessens and restaurants. It is also home to Dominion's Millstone Nuclear Power Plant, consisting of three reactors, the first built between 1966 and 1970. While Millstone's first reactor is no longer in operation, the remaining two still provide power to a variety of towns in New England.
- The Connecticut College Arboretum is a 750-acre (3.0 km2) arboretum and botanical garden which lies partially within Quaker Hill, a neighborhood of Waterford.
- The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center is located in Waterford.
- Waterford Beach
- The Seaside (Waterford, Connecticut)
- Harkness Memorial State Park is a recreational area that provides a picturesque view of Long Island Sound. The park features the former mansion, gardens and grounds of Edward Harkness, who bought the property in 1907. Activities include fishing, formal gardening, golf, and tours of the mansion, known as Eolia. The Harkness estate is also open for formal occasions including weddings, and is often used for group photography.
- Adjacent to the Harkness Memorial State Park is Camp Harkness for the Handicapped, a summer facility for children and adults with physical and/or mental disabilities. Most of what is now Camp Harkness for the Handicapped was once a golf course, but there is no longer a trace of this golf course in evidence.
- The Waterford Speedbowl is a racetrack recognized under NASCAR's Whelen All-American Series sanction. It holds touring events throughout the year, including the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Valenti Modified Racing Series, International Super Modified Association and North Eastern Midget Association among many others. The track holds weekly NASCAR events every Saturday from April thru mid-October. The popular Wild N' Wacky Wednesday series runs from May to Labor Day. Recently they have added Friday Night Sho N' Go drag races during the summer.
- In 2009, Waterford was the home of the game show Deal or No Deal, which was filmed at Sonalyst Studios.
Waterford Beaches 
Pleasure Beach 
Waterford Fire Service 
The Town of Waterford is protected by a combination volunteer and career fire service, consisting of five fire companies located throughout the town. Seven career firefighters staff the five stations Monday through Friday during the day from 6am to 5pm. The town also employs a Fire Administrator, Fire Marshal and two Fire Inspectors. Aside from career staff the departments staff part-time firefighters on nights and weekends as well as a residents whom volunteer as firefighters. applications to volunteer are available at each of the fire companies. Waterford Fire Marshal's Office is located in the civic triangle at 204 Boston Post Road. The Fire Administrator, Fire Marshal and two fire inspectors are based out of this location, as well as the town's police and fire dispatch center is located in this building.
Fire Station Locations and Apparatus 
|Station||Engine Company||Truck Company||Ambulance||Special Unit||Address||Phone|
|Jordan Fire Co. 1||Engine 11||Ladder 15||Ambulance 100||89 Rope Ferry Road||(860)443-6302|
|Quaker Hill Fire Co. 2||Engine 21||Ladder 25||Ambulance 200||Fire Boat 92||17 Old Colchester Road||(860)447-3333|
|Goshen Fire Co. 3||Engine 31 Engine 32||Ambulance 300||Fire Boat 93||63 Goshen Road||(860)443-6260|
|Oswegatchie Fire Co. 4||Engine 41 Engine 42||Ambulance 400||Support Unit 94||441 Boston Post Road||(860)442-0666|
|Cohanzie Fire Co. 5||Engine 51||Truck 55||Ambulance 500||Rescue 57||53 Dayton Road||(860)442-0455|
Waterford Police 
Notable Crimes 
Crime Rate 
To view the crime rate of Waterford, CT, click here http://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Waterford-Connecticut.html
- Town of Waterford official website
- Waterford Public Schools
- Waterford Public Library
- Waterford Police Department
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- "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Waterford town, New London County, Connecticut". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved October 29, 2012.
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- "History of the Track". Archived from the original on 2006-08-19. Retrieved 2006-11-07.