Watertown, Connecticut

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Watertown, Connecticut
settlement_type = Town


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map_caption = Location in Connecticut


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subdivision_type = NECTA
subdivision_name = Waterbury
subdivision_type1 = Region
subdivision_name1 = Central Naugatuck Valley
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subdivision_name2 =
government_type = Council-manager
leader_title = Town manager
leader_name = Meredith S. Robson
leader_title1 = Town council
leader_name1 = Elaine H. Adams
Antonio Guerrera
Robert J. Kane
Carl R. Mancini
Joseph Pawlak
Suzan M. Plowman
Raymond F. Primini
Paul H. Rinaldi
Jack Walton
established_title = Incorporated
established_date = 1780
area_land_km2 = 75.5
area_water_km2 = 1.1
area_total_sq_mi = 29.6
area_magnitude =
area_total_km2 = 76.7
population_as_of = 2005
population_total = 22330
population_footnotes = [ [http://www.census.gov/popest/cities/files/SUB-EST2005_9.csv U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates] ]
population_density_sq_mi = 765
population_density_km2 = 295
timezone = Eastern
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = Eastern
utc_offset_DST = -4
area_land_sq_mi = 29.2
area_water_sq_mi = 0.4
elevation_m = 189
elevation_ft = 620
latd = 41 |latm = 36 |lats = 55 |latNS = N
longd = 73 |longm = 07 |longs = 01 |longEW = W
postal_code_type = ZIP code
postal_code = 06779, 06795
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website = http://www.watertownct.org/
area_code = 860
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 09-80490
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Watertown is a town in Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 21,661 at the 2000 census. The zip code for Watertown is 06795. It is a suburb of Waterbury.

Founding History

More than 210 years ago the area that is now Watertown belonged to the local Paugasuck Indians. But in 1684, Thomas Judd and 35 other proprietors bought the land from the Indians and Town history began.

Geography

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 620 feet.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 29.6 square miles (76.6 km²), of which, 29.1 square miles (75.5 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²) of it (1.45%) is water. Watertown also includes the section known as Oakville, which is often mistaken for a separate town. Although Oakville has its own post office and ZIP code, it does not have a charter or town government of its own.

Demographics

As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 21,661 people, 8,046 households, and 5,994 families residing in the town. The population density was 743.0 people per square mile (286.9/km²). There were 8,298 housing units at an average density of 284.6/sq mi (109.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.46% White, 0.75% African American, 0.12% Native American, 1.27% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.48% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.87% of the population.

There were 8,046 households out of which 34.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.7% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.5% were non-families. 21.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $59,420, and the median income for a family was $68,761. Males had a median income of $47,097 versus $31,822 for females. The per capita income for the town was $26,044. About 1.1% of families and 2.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.8% of those under age 18 and 3.7% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

The Route 8 expressway runs through the eastern edge of town, with two exits inside the town. The main routes through the town center are Route 6 running east-west and Route 63 running north-south. Other important highways include Route 73 (a more direct route to Waterbury), and Route 262. Public transportation is provided by buses of Northeast Transportation Company.

Notable institutions

*The Taft School, a private boarding school
*Mt. Olivet Cemetery
*Watertown Historical Society
*Old Burying Ground, a historical cemetery located on the corner of Main Street and French. The first body buried in it was Hannah Richards Scovill in 1741. The last body was Martha Beardsly in 1938. There are approximately 1,000 bodies buried here.

Notable people, past and present

*Edward Fitzsimmons Dunne, (1853–1937) 31 mayor of Chicago (1905-1907); governor of Illinois (1913-1917) was born in Watertown.
*Benjamin B. Hotchkiss (1826–1885), for whom The Hotchkiss School was named by his widow, was one of the leading American ordnance engineers of his day. He made his money by founding a successful munitions company in France after the American Civil War. He was born in Watertown but in early childhood moved to Sharon.
*John Trumbull (1750–1831), American political satirist and poet, was born in Watertown.

References

*http://www.watertownct.org/content/10339/6913/7102/default.aspx

External links

* [http://www.watertownct.org/ The town of Watertown, Connecticut]
* [http://www.litchfieldhills.com/app/index.jsp Northwest Connecticut Convention & Visitors Bureau]


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