Willington, Connecticut

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Willington, Connecticut
Town
Willington Common
Willington Common
Official seal of Willington, Connecticut
Seal
Location within Tolland County, Connecticut
Location within Tolland County, Connecticut
Coordinates: 41°53′07″N 72°15′41″W / 41.88528°N 72.26139°W / 41.88528; -72.26139Coordinates: 41°53′07″N 72°15′41″W / 41.88528°N 72.26139°W / 41.88528; -72.26139
Country United States
State Connecticut
Region None
Incorporated 1727
Government
 • Type Selectman-town meeting
 • First selectman Christina Beebe Mailhos
Area
 • Total 33.5 sq mi (86.8 km2)
 • Land 33.3 sq mi (86.2 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
Elevation 761 ft (232 m)
Population (2005)[1]
 • Total 6,216
 • Density 187/sq mi (72/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 06279
Area code(s) 860
FIPS code 09-85950
GNIS feature ID 0213534
Website www.willingtonct.org

Willington is a town in Tolland County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 5,959 at the 2000 census.

The Willimantic River borders the town on the west. Willington is about 25 miles northeast of Hartford on Interstate 84, which also provides a connection to Boston, via the Massachusetts Turnpike. Providence, RI is accessible via U.S. Route 44. Larger communities nearby include Coventry, Stafford, Tolland, and Willimantic. The University of Connecticut is located in adjacent Mansfield. The new public library (formerly located within Hall Memorial middle school) has been completed and opened as of fall 2006.

Willington was incorporated in May, 1727.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 33.5 square miles (87 km2), of which, 33.3 square miles (86 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (0.63%) is water.

Famous residents[edit]

Civic associations[edit]

Willington is home to Troop 82 of the Boy Scouts of America. Troop 82 is a member of the Nipmuck District of the Connecticut Rivers Council.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 5,959 people, 2,353 households, and 1,437 families residing in the town. The population density was 179.1 people per square mile (69.2/km²). There were 2,429 housing units at an average density of 73.0 per square mile (28.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.06% White, 0.97% African American, 0.12% Native American, 3.02% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.62% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.81% of the population.

There were 2,353 households out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.3% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.9% were non-families. 20.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the town the population was spread out with 20.9% under the age of 18, 19.4% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 7.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 100.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $51,690, and the median income for a family was $70,684. Males had a median income of $41,250 versus $36,310 for females. The per capita income for the town was $27,062. About 2.9% of families and 13.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.0% of those under age 18 and 3.1% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Elementary and middle school-aged residents attend schools in the Willington School District.

All residents are zoned to:

High school-aged residents attend E. O. Smith High School of the Regional School District 19.

Prior to the community's affiliation with Regional School District 19, Willington offered its high school-aged students a choice attending one of the two institutions. Numbers varied from year to year, having the undesired effect of breaking up classes and bussing them distances of up to 15 miles. The two available choices as of 2014 are:

Willington in popular culture[edit]

Willington was featured on the Fox science fiction show Fringe in Season 5, Episode 9 (Black Blotter).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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

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