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Avon, Connecticut
Official seal of Avon, Connecticut
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Location within Hartford County, Connecticut
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Coordinates: 41°47′40″N 72°51′28″W / 41.79444°N 72.85778°W / 41.79444; -72.85778Coordinates: 41°47′40″N 72°51′28″W / 41.79444°N 72.85778°W / 41.79444; -72.85778
Country  United States
U.S. state  Connecticut
County Hartford
Metropolitan area Hartford
Settled 1645
Incorporated 1830
Villages Avon
West Avon
Government
 • Type Council-manager
Area
 • Total 23.5 sq mi (60.9 km2)
 • Land 23.1 sq mi (59.9 km2)
 • Water 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)
Elevation
276 ft (84 m)
Population
 (2019)
 • Total 18,302
 • Density 781.6/sq mi (288/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (Eastern)
ZIP Code
06001
Area code(s) 860/959
FIPS code 09-02060
GNIS feature ID 0213385
U.S. Highways US 44.svg US 202.svg
State Routes Connecticut Highway 10.svg Connecticut Highway 167.svg Connecticut Highway 177.svg

Avon is a town in the Farmington Valley region of Hartford County, Connecticut, United States. As of 2019, the town had a population of 18,302. Avon is a suburb of Hartford.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 23.5 square miles (61 km2), of which 23.1 square miles (60 km2) is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) is water.

The East side of Avon is flanked by Talcott Mountain, part of the Metacomet Ridge, a mountainous trap rock ridgeline that stretches from Long Island Sound to near the Vermont border. Talcott Mountain is a popular outdoor recreation resource notable for its towering western cliff faces. The 51-mile (82 km) Metacomet Trail traverses the Talcott Mountain ridge.

History

Avon was settled in 1645 and was originally a part of Farmington. In 1750, the parish of Northington was established in the northern part of Farmington, to support a Congregational church more accessible to the local population. Its first pastor was Ebenezer Booge, a graduate of Yale Divinity School who arrived in 1751. The Farmington Canal’s opening in 1828 brought new business to the village, which sat where the canal intersected the Talcott Mountain Turnpike linking Hartford to Albany, New York. Hopes of industrial and commercial growth spurred Avon to incorporate. In 1830, the Connecticut General Assembly incorporated Northington as the town of Avon, after County Avon in England. Such expansion never came and, in the 1900s, the rural town became a suburban enclave.

In the 1960s Avon rejected the proposal for Interstate 291 coming through the southern edge of the town and successfully denied the expressway going through the town.

Notable locations

Derrin House
Derrin House

Properties owned by the Avon Historical Society

  • Derrin House – 18th-century farmhouse
  • Living Museum – former schoolhouse
  • Pine Grove School House – former schoolhouse

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 1,025
1840 1,001 −2.3%
1850 995 −0.6%
1860 1,059 6.4%
1870 987 −6.8%
1880 1,057 7.1%
1890 1,182 11.8%
1900 1,302 10.2%
1910 1,337 2.7%
1920 1,534 14.7%
1930 1,738 13.3%
1940 2,258 29.9%
1950 3,171 40.4%
1960 5,273 66.3%
1970 8,352 58.4%
1980 11,201 34.1%
1990 13,937 24.4%
2000 15,832 13.6%
2010 18,098 14.3%
2014 (est.) 18,421 1.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
See also: List of Connecticut locations by per capita income

As of the 2020 census, Avon had a population of 18,932. The racial composition of the population was 82.3% White, 13.1% Asian, 4.9% Hispanic or Latino, 0.8% Black or African American, 0.7% from other races and 1.6% from two or more races.

As of the census of 2000, there were 15,832 people, 6,192 households, and 4,483 families residing in the town. The population density was 684.8 people per square mile (264.4/km2). There were 6,480 housing units at an average density of 280.3 per square mile (108.2/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 94.93% White, 0.98% African American, 0.05% Native American, 2.96% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.28% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.57% of the population.

There were 6,192 households, out of which 34.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.8% were married couples living together, 4.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.6% were non-families. Of all households, 23.5% were made up of individuals, and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 26.1% under the age of 18, 3.3% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 29.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.0 males.

In 2019, the median household income was $131,130 and the per capita income for the town was $71,347. About 0.9% of families and 1.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.2% of those under age 18 and 1.9% of those age 65 or over.

Historical populations

1830 1,025
1840 1,001
1850 995
1860 1,059
1870 987
1880 1,057
1890 1,182
1900 1,302
1910 1,337
1920 1,534
1930 1,738
1940 2,258
1950 3,171
1960 5,273
1970 8,352
1980 11,201
1990 13,937
2000 15,832
2010 18,098

Sources: Interactive Connecticut State Register & Manual and U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division

Economy

Top employers

Top employers in Avon according to the town's 2020 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

# Employer # of Employees
1 Town of Avon 559
2 Avon Health Center 207
3 Women’s Health USA 183
4 Big Y 166
5 Apple Rehab 147
6 OFS 142
7 Legere Group Ltd 136
8 Walmart 134
9 ORAFOL Americas Inc. 134
10 Connecticut Online Computer Center (COCC) 72

Education

Public schools

The Avon Public Schools district contains one high school (Avon High School), one middle school (Avon Middle School) for grades 7–8, an intermediate school (Thompson Brook School) for grades 5–6, and two elementary schools (Roaring Brook School and Pine Grove School).

Private schools

In addition, the Avon Old Farms School, a private, all-boys boarding school, is also located in Avon on Old Farms Rd.

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