Location in Litchfield County, Connecticut
|• Type||Selectman-town meeting|
|• First selectman||Michael R. Criss (R)|
|• Selectman||Jon Truskauskas (R)|
|• Selectman||Nancy Schnyer (D)|
|• Total||31.1 sq mi (80.5 km2)|
|• Land||30.7 sq mi (79.6 km2)|
|• Water||0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)|
|Elevation||794 ft (242 m)|
|• Density||181/sq mi (70/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0213444|
Harwinton is a town in Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 5,283 at the 2000 census. The high school is Lewis S. Mills. The name of the town is partly a blend of Hartford and Windsor, plus the suffix "-ton."
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 31.1 square miles (81 km2), of which, 30.8 square miles (80 km2) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) of it (1.13%) is water. The southeastern portion of the town contains the Roraback Wildlife Area and several reservoirs.
- Harwinton Center (part of Northwest Harwinton CDP)
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,283 people, 1,958 households, and 1,546 families residing in the town. The population density was 171.8 people per square mile (66.3/km²). There were 2,022 housing units at an average density of 65.8 per square mile (25.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.69% White, 0.08% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.89% of the population.
There were 1,958 households out of which 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.6% were married couples living together, 5.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.0% were non-families. 17.2% 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 2.70 and the average family size was 3.05.
In the town, the population was spread out with 25.1% under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 29.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 100.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.4 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $66,222, and the median income for a family was $75,912. Males had a median income of $51,597 versus $40,000 for females. The per capita income for the town was $32,137. About 0.8% of families and 2.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 3.4% of those age 65 or over.
|Voter registration and party enrollment as of October 25, 2005|
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Route 4 connects the town to Torrington in the west and to Hartford in the east. Route 118 connects the town to Litchfield center, with a junction for the Route 8 expressway. Route 222 is a north-south route connecting the town to Thomaston center. Route 72 connects the town to the city of Bristol.
- Harry C. Bentley (1877–1967), founder of Bentley University
- Jonathan Brace (1754–1837), judge and U.S. congressman, was born in town.
- George S. Catlin (1808–1851), U.S. congressman was born in town.
- Collis Potter Huntington (1821–1900), one of four men who formed the Central Pacific Railroad, was born in Harwinton
- Elam Luddington (1806–1893), Mormon pioneer to Utah and was the first Mormon missionary to preach in Thailand was born in Harwinton.
- Luman Watson (1790–1834), clockmaker, was born in town.
- Theodore A. Hungerford was also born here and would become a very successful publisher in Chicago and New York. He left a trust which was used to build and maintain the town’s first library. The beautiful Carnegie style building is now used to house the T. A. Hungerford Memorial Museum.
- Preston Hazard Animator, author, and film maker
In late March 2017, a deceased baby boy was found wrapped in a plastic bag in the Bristol Reservoir #4 of Harwinton in the morning. Route 72 was closed off to let the police and detectives search the area for clues on the case. The state police arrived along with a dive team to search for more evidence on the case. A post-mortem analysis has yet to be made on the baby but identifications say that he was about one to two weeks old. The cause of death has not yet been determined. The City of Bristol Water Department said to the public that the water supply coming from the reservoir is still clean, but will remain offline. The mother of the deceased baby has, since, come forward. Her name is being hidden to the public to keep from complications.
- U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates
- Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 151.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Registration and Party Enrollment Statistics as of October 25, 2005" (PDF). Connecticut Secretary of State. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-09-23. Retrieved 2006-10-02.