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Avon, Connecticut
Official seal of Avon, Connecticut
Location within Hartford County, Connecticut
Avon, Connecticut is located in Connecticut
Avon, Connecticut
Avon, Connecticut
Location in Connecticut
Avon, Connecticut is located in the United States
Avon, Connecticut
Avon, Connecticut
Location in the United States
Avon, Connecticut is located in North America
Avon, Connecticut
Avon, Connecticut
Location in North America
Country  United States
U.S. state  Connecticut
County Hartford
Metropolitan area Hartford
Settled 1645
Incorporated 1830
Villages Avon
West Avon
 • Type Council-manager
 • Total 23.5 sq mi (60.9 km2)
 • Land 23.1 sq mi (59.9 km2)
 • Water 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)
276 ft (84 m)
 • Total 18,932
 • Density 819.6/sq mi (316.1/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (Eastern)
ZIP Code
Area codes 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 the 2020 census, the town had a population of 18,932. Avon is a Suburb of Farmington, Connecticut.


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.


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.

Avon Mountain traffic accidents

The section of Talcott Mountain, known as Avon Mountain, between Avon and West Hartford, is known for the climb of U.S. Route 44, and the most direct path to Hartford from much of the Farmington Valley and Litchfield County. One of the worst traffic accidents in Connecticut history occurred at the intersection of Route 44 and Route 10 at the foot of Avon Mountain.

On July 29, 2005, the driver of a dump truck lost control of his brakes and swerved to avoid traffic waiting in his lane at the stoplight. On the eastbound side of the road, the truck then collided with rush hour traffic waiting at the light. Four people, including the driver of the truck, died in the crash. Former Governor M. Jodi Rell proposed safety improvements for this road in the aftermath of the accident.

In September 2007, the driver of another truck lost control. The truck, traveling westbound on U.S. Route 44 at Route 10, crashed into the Nassau Furniture building at about 11 am, taking out a column that supports the roof of the building. No major injuries resulted from the crash.

The accidents prompted the State of Connecticut to modify Route 44 through the addition of a runaway truck ramp just above the Avon Old Farms Inn and the straightening and widening of the road on the western slope of the mountain. The accidents and the reconstruction of the road have been heavily covered by local media including the Hartford Courant.

Notable people

  • Joseph Wright Alsop IV, politician and insurance executive; father of Joseph Alsop V
  • Craig Burley, former soccer player and commentator for ESPN and BT Sports
  • Will Friedle, actor
  • Mike Golic, radio announcer for ESPN
  • Madison Kennedy, swimmer
  • Jessica Lundy, actor
  • Kia McNeill, professional soccer player
  • Joel Quenneville, former NHL player and coach of the Chicago Blackhawks.
  • Karl Ravech, Host of Baseball Tonight
  • Stuart Scott, ESPN reporter who covered the NBA and other sports.
  • Trey Wingo, ESPN


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%
2020 18,932 4.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

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


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


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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