Jewett City, Connecticut

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Jewett City, Connecticut
The center of Jewett City
The center of Jewett City
The borough's location in New London County
The borough's location in New London County
Coordinates: 41°36′26″N 71°58′47″W / 41.60722°N 71.97972°W / 41.60722; -71.97972
CountryUnited States
CountyNew London
Metropolitan areaNew London
 • Borough WardenAl Geer (D)
 • Total0.8 sq mi (1.9 km2)
 • Land0.7 sq mi (1.9 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
154 ft (47 m)
 • Total3,487
 • Estimate 
 • Density4,400/sq mi (1,800/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s)860 Exchange: 376
FIPS code09-39940
GNIS feature ID0208160

Jewett City is a borough in New London County, Connecticut, in the town of Griswold. The population was 3,487 at the 2010 census.[2] The borough was named for Eliezer Jewett, who founded a settlement there in 1771.[3]


Print of Jewett City from 1889 by L.R.. Burleigh with listing of landmarks

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), of which 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2), or 4.00%, is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20163,406[1]−2.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 3,053 people, 1,337 households, and 743 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,213.9 people per square mile (1,637.2/km²). There were 1,464 housing units at an average density of 2,020.7/sq mi (785.1/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 92.07% White, 2.46% African American, 0.88% Native American, 1.44% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 1.11% from other races, and 1.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.85% of the population.

There were 1,337 households out of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.8% were married couples living together, 15.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.4% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the borough the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 34.8% from 25 to 44, 18.7% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.5 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $42,318, and the median income for a family was $45,826. Males had a median income of $31,919 versus $22,463 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $19,083. 9.2% of the population and 8.8% of families were below the poverty line. 12.7% of those under the age of 18 and 12.2% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

The Daily Show[edit]

Jewett City was featured on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart after being at the center of a church bell controversy. The episode, which aired on March 6, 2007, held a segment called "Sam on Your Side" with the main focus on the ringing of the Jewett City bells.[note 1][6][7]


  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  2. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Jewett City borough, Connecticut". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved October 29, 2012.
  3. ^ "Borough of Jewett City". Town of Griswold. Archived from the original on November 24, 2012. Retrieved December 7, 2012.
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ "Sam on Your Side: Bill Russell | The Daily Show | Comedy Central." The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Official Website | Current Events & Pop Culture, Comedy & Fake News | Comedy Central. 6 Mar. 2007. The Daily Show. 09 May 2009 <>.
  7. ^ Dunn, Ed. "Jewett City residents appear on 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'" Jewett City Party. 8 Mar. 2007. Jewett City Party. 09 May 2009 <>.


  1. ^ "Sam on Your Side" was a segment in which Sam Bee, one of the Daily Show's news reporters, would "side up" with a select person on an item of debate and argument. Sam sided with Bill Russell, a light bulb salesman and atheist, who was upset that the taxpayer money was used to buy a sound system that, as he put it, is "currently playing Christian music." As the segment continues, the viewer finds out that Sam has a weak argument as he doesn't live in Jewett City, is only exposed to the chimes about once or twice a month, the chimes, which have a small variety of songs to play, barely plays Christian music, and everyone in town loves it. Bill says that he is looking for someone in the town that is upset with the chimes as he is, but Sam goes around talking to the locals (one of them being Phil-Anthony, former co-owner of Anthony's hardware, during which Sam opens and closes his shop door causing it to emit a "chime," which alerts that someone is entering the store, and attempts to see if the chimes are antagonizing towards him. Phil-Anthony responds by telling her that it doesn't bother him and that she can keep opening and closing the door "till your arm falls off.") She finds that no one in the town seems upset by the chimes. Upon receiving no results she confronts Ron Ward, Borough Warden Candidate and JCP founder, telling him that this "is a clear violation of the separation of the Church and state." Ron, who had sent a message to Mr. Russel telling him to "leave us alone," says that the church has nothing to do with picking the songs in the first place. Bee asks if they play Christian music, and he says, "They do play Onward Christian Soldiers. That's probably the only one right now that might be considered religious." Later Sam Bee returns to Mr. Russell and asks if he were in her place, would he take his side? He doesn't respond.

External links[edit]

  • [1] in the Town of Griswold official web site'

Coordinates: 41°36′24″N 71°58′51″W / 41.60667°N 71.98083°W / 41.60667; -71.98083