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Town of Canaan
Town
Official seal of Town of Canaan
Seal
Location in Litchfield County, Connecticut
Location in Litchfield County, Connecticut
Country United States
State Connecticut
NECTA Torrington, CT
Region Northwestern Connecticut
Incorporated 1739
Area
 • Total 33.3 sq mi (86.2 km2)
 • Land 32.9 sq mi (85.3 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)
Elevation 656 ft (200 m)
Population (2005)
 • Total 1,101
 • Density 33/sq mi (13/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 06031
Area code(s) 860
FIPS code 09-10940
GNIS feature ID 0213402
Website www.canaanfallsvillage.org

Canaan is a town in Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 1,081 at the 2000 census. The town of Canaan is often referred to locally by the name of its principal constituent village, Falls Village.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 33.3 square miles (86.2 km²), of which 33.0 square miles (85.3 km²) is land and 0.3 square mile (0.9 km²) (0.99%) is water.

History

American Revolutionary War soldier and historian Lemuel Roberts was born in Canaan in 1755.

Principal communities

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 2,332
1850 2,627
1860 1,408 −46.4%
1870 1,257 −10.7%
1880 1,157 −8.0%
1890 970 −16.2%
1900 820 −15.5%
1910 702 −14.4%
1920 561 −20.1%
1930 565 0.7%
1940 555 −1.8%
1950 708 27.6%
1960 790 11.6%
1970 931 17.8%
1980 1,002 7.6%
1990 1,057 5.5%
2000 1,081 2.3%
2010 1,234 14.2%
Est. 2014 1,195 −3.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
See also: List of Connecticut locations by per capita income

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,081 people, 445 households, and 298 families residing in the town. The population density was 32.8 people per square mile (12.7/km²). There were 610 housing units at an average density of 18.5 per square mile (7.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.04% White, 1.48% Black or African American, 0.19% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 0.37% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.37% of the population.

There were 445 households out of which 30.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.8% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.0% were non-families. 27.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the town, the population was spread out with 23.6% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 28.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 95.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $54,688, and the median income for a family was $62,500. Males had a median income of $40,438 versus $29,219 for females. The per capita income for the town was $35,841. About 3.0% of families and 4.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.6% of those under age 18 and 3.8% of those age 65 or over.

Voter registration and party enrollment as of October 25, 2005
Party Active voters Inactive voters Total voters Percentage
Republican 238 2 240 31.33%
Democratic 195 3 198 25.85%
Unaffiliated 315 12 327 42.69%
Minor Parties 1 0 1 0.13%
Total 749 17 766 100%

Transportation

The town is served by U.S. Route 7, Route 63, and Route 126.

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