West Hartford, Connecticut

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West Hartford, Connecticut
New England city
A View of West Hartford Center/Blue Back Square
A View of West Hartford Center/Blue Back Square
Official logo of West Hartford, Connecticut
Logo
Motto: Where City Style meets Village Charm
Location within Hartford County, Connecticut
Location within Hartford County, Connecticut
Coordinates: 41°46′04″N 72°45′14″W / 41.76778°N 72.75389°W / 41.76778; -72.75389Coordinates: 41°46′04″N 72°45′14″W / 41.76778°N 72.75389°W / 41.76778; -72.75389
CountryUnited States
StateConnecticut
NECTAHartford
RegionCapitol Region
Incorporated1854
Government
 • TypeCouncil-manager
 • Town managerRonald F. Van Winkle;
 • Town councilScott Slifka, Mayor
Steve Adler
Judy Casperson, Deputy Mayor
Shari Cantor
Leon Davidoff,Harry Captain
Denise Hall, Minority Leader
Burke Doar, Clare Kindall
Area
 • Total22.3 sq mi (57.7 km2)
 • Land21.9 sq mi (56.6 km2)
 • Water0.4 sq mi (1.1 km2)
Elevation164 ft (50 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total63,268
 • Density2,800/sq mi (1,100/km2)
Time zoneEastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code06107, 06117, 06119, 06110
Area code(s)860
FIPS code09-82590
GNIS feature ID0213529
Websitewww.westhartford.org
 
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"West Hartford" redirects here. For the unincorporated community in Vermont, see West Hartford, Vermont.
West Hartford, Connecticut
New England city
A View of West Hartford Center/Blue Back Square
A View of West Hartford Center/Blue Back Square
Official logo of West Hartford, Connecticut
Logo
Motto: Where City Style meets Village Charm
Location within Hartford County, Connecticut
Location within Hartford County, Connecticut
Coordinates: 41°46′04″N 72°45′14″W / 41.76778°N 72.75389°W / 41.76778; -72.75389Coordinates: 41°46′04″N 72°45′14″W / 41.76778°N 72.75389°W / 41.76778; -72.75389
CountryUnited States
StateConnecticut
NECTAHartford
RegionCapitol Region
Incorporated1854
Government
 • TypeCouncil-manager
 • Town managerRonald F. Van Winkle;
 • Town councilScott Slifka, Mayor
Steve Adler
Judy Casperson, Deputy Mayor
Shari Cantor
Leon Davidoff,Harry Captain
Denise Hall, Minority Leader
Burke Doar, Clare Kindall
Area
 • Total22.3 sq mi (57.7 km2)
 • Land21.9 sq mi (56.6 km2)
 • Water0.4 sq mi (1.1 km2)
Elevation164 ft (50 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total63,268
 • Density2,800/sq mi (1,100/km2)
Time zoneEastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code06107, 06117, 06119, 06110
Area code(s)860
FIPS code09-82590
GNIS feature ID0213529
Websitewww.westhartford.org

West Hartford is a town located in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States. The town was incorporated in 1854. Prior to that date, the town was a parish of Hartford.

The population was 63,268 at the 2010 census.[1] The town is primarily an upmarket inner-ring suburb of Hartford. The town has a downtown area called "West Hartford Center". This area is centered around Farmington Avenue and South/North Main Street. West Hartford Center has been the community's hub since the late 17th century. In 2008, Blue Back Square opened as a new addition to the central area.[2]

In 2010, Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine listed West Hartford as one of the nation's "10 Great Cities for Raising Families."[3] In 2010, Kiplinger's ranked West Hartford #9 on its "10 Best Cities for the Next Decade" list.[4] In 2010, CNN Money ranked West Hartford as the 55th best small city in America.[5] In 2010, the national online magazine Travelandleisure.com cited West Hartford as one of 10 "coolest" suburbs in the nation. The magazine called the West Hartford Reservoir off Farmington Avenue "West Hartford's version of Central Park,"[6] and it also noted the town's "vacation-worthy hot spots, with cutting-edge restaurants, great shopping, and plenty of parking."[7]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 22.3 square miles (57.7 km2), of which 21.9 square miles (56.6 km2) is land and 0.42 square miles (1.1 km2), or 1.91%, is water.[1]

The west side of West Hartford is flanked by the Metacomet Ridge, a mountainous trap rock ridgeline that stretches from Long Island Sound to nearly the Vermont border. Notable features of the Metacomet Ridge in West Hartford include Talcott Mountain and a number of highland water reservoirs belonging to the Metropolitan District, which maintains watershed and recreation resources on the property. The 51-mile-long (82 km) Metacomet Trail traverses the ridge. The town's web site indicates that the highest point in town is 778 feet (237 m) above sea level on Talcott (Avon) Mountain. The altitude at Town Hall is 120 feet (37 m).

West Hartford is adjacent to and west of Hartford, the state capital, and borders Bloomfield, Newington, Farmington, and Avon. West Hartford is approximately 100 miles (160 km) southwest of Boston and 120 miles (190 km) northeast of New York City. Interstate 84 runs through West Hartford.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population of
West Hartford[8]
18504,411[9]
18601,296
18701,533
18801,828
18901,930
19003,186
19104,808
19208,854
193024,941
194033,776
195032,402
196032,382
197068,031
198061,310
199060,421
200063,589
201063,268
West Hartford Town Hall

As of the 2010 Census[10], there were 63,268 people, 25,258 households, and 16,139 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,888.9 people per square mile (1,117.0/km²). There were 25,332 housing units at an average density of 1,152.3/square mile (445.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 79.6% White, 6.3% African American, 0.2% Native American, 7.4% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 3.8% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.8% of the population.

There were 25,258 households out of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.1% were non-families. 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the town the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 24.2% from 25 to 44, 28.1% from 45 to 64, and 17.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.5 years. For every 100 females there were 86.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $80,061, and the median income for a family was $106,089 as of a 2011 estimate.[11] Males had a median income of $69,888 versus $56,162 for females. The per capita income for the town was $45,453. About 3.7% of families and 6.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.3% of those under the age of 18 and 9.6% ages 65 or older.

Transportation[edit]

Highways[edit]

Bus routes[edit]

West Hartford is served by several bus routes of Connecticut Transit Hartford. Major roads served are Albany Avenue (Route 58), New Britain Avenue (Routes 37 and 39), Park Street (Routes 31 and 33), Farmington Avenue (Routes 60, 62, 64, and 66), Asylum Avenue (Route 72), Hillside Avenue (Route 63), and Boulevard/South Quaker Lane (Route 69).

Bus stations[edit]

As part of the Hartford-New Britain Busway two stations are under construction in West Hartford.

Train station[edit]

Amtrak's Union Station in Hartford is approximately ten minutes from the center of town by way of Farmington Avenue. There is also a new station in consideration for West Hartford at the corner of Flatbush Avenue and New Park Avenue for the New Haven–Hartford–Springfield commuter rail line.

Economy[edit]

Top employers[edit]

According to the town's 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[12] the top employers in the city are:

#Employer# of Employees
1Town of West Hartford1,000–2,000
2University of Hartford1,000–2,000
3Hebrew Health Care500–999
4Wiremold500–999
5Goodrich250–499
6University of Connecticut250–499
7American Medical Response250–499
8The Cheesecake Factory250–499
9Saint Mary Home250–499
10Colt's Manufacturing Company250–499

Educational institutions[edit]

In 2006 Money magazine ranked West Hartford as the 10th most educated town in the United States, as measured by the percentage of town residents holding graduate or professional degrees.[13] Connecticut Magazine 2006 rankings put West Hartford Public School education in the top three among all cities and towns in Connecticut for its population class of greater than 50,000 people, behind only Greenwich and Fairfield.[14]

Public schools[edit]

The town is home to two public high schools, Conard High School (home of the Conard Chieftans) and Hall High School (home of the Hall Warriors), as well as 11 elementary schools and three middle schools in the West Hartford Public Schools. The elementary schools are Aiken, Braeburn, Bugbee, Charter Oak, Duffy, Morley, Norfeldt, Smith, Webster Hill, Whiting Lane and Wolcott. The three middle schools are King Philip, Sedgwick, and the newest, Bristow Middle School, located where Kingswood-Oxford Middle School was formerly located. The eleven elementary schools are evenly distributed to either King Philip or Sedgwick, and those that enroll at Bristow are chosen by lottery. After middle school, students continue onto high school with their same student body. Those at Sedgwick go on to Conard High School, while those at King Philip go to Hall High School, and students at Bristow return to the same school district they were in during elementary school.

Private schools[edit]

Colleges and universities[edit]

Institutions of higher learning located in town include the following colleges and universities:

Media[edit]

Print
Radio
TV

Utilities serving the town[edit]

Notable people[edit]

Noah Webster statue by West Hartford sculptor Korczak Ziółkowski

In alphabetical order:


Conard graduates[edit]

Hall graduates[edit]

Points of interest[edit]

Blue Back Square

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): West Hartford town, Hartford County, Connecticut". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ Blue Back Square
  3. ^ "10 Great Cities for Raising Families". Kiplinger.com. August 31, 2010. Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ "10 Best Cities for the Next Decade". Kiplinger.com. Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Best Places to Live 2010". CNN. 
  6. ^ "Coolest Suburbs Worth a Visit- Page 9 – Articles | Travel + Leisure". Travelandleisure.com. Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Magazine Cites West Hartford As One Of The Coolest Suburbs – Hartford Courant". Courant.com. August 4, 2010. Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  8. ^ [1][2][3]
  9. ^ Figure represents population in the Town of Hartford outside the City of Hartford.
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ "United States – Fact Sheet – American FactFinder". Factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved Feb 27, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Microsoft Word – {330929A0-A9BC-48EC-BF82-26592FDE0A9B}.doc" (PDF). Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Best Places to Live– Most educated". CNN Money (Cable News Network). 2006. Retrieved June 11, 2007. 
  14. ^ "Rating the Towns 2006: Population Over 50,000". Connecticut Magazine. December 4, 2006. Retrieved June 11, 2007. 
  15. ^ Grimes, William. "Stephen Barnett, a Leading Legal Scholar, Dies at 73", The New York Times, October 21, 2009. Accessed October 22, 2009.

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