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Colebrook, Connecticut
Colebrook town hall
Colebrook town hall
Location in Litchfield County and the state of Connecticut.
Location in Litchfield County and the state of Connecticut.
Country  United States
U.S. state  Connecticut
County Litchfield
NECTA Torrington
Region Northwest Hills
Incorporated 1779
Government
 • Type Selectman-town meeting
Area
 • Total 32.9 sq mi (85.3 km2)
 • Land 31.5 sq mi (81.7 km2)
 • Water 1.4 sq mi (3.6 km2)
Elevation
961 ft (293 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 1,361
 • Density 41.32/sq mi (15.955/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
06021
Area code(s) 860
FIPS code 09-16050
GNIS feature ID 0213410

Colebrook is a town in Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 1,361 at the 2020 census. Colebrook was named after Colebrooke in the English county of Devon; the reason is now unknown.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 32.9 square miles (85 km2), of which 31.5 square miles (82 km2) is land and 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) (4.40%) is water. The Algonquin State Forest is located within the town.

Principal communities

  • Colebrook center
  • North Colebrook
  • Robertsville

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 1,274
1850 1,317
1860 1,375 4.4%
1870 1,141 −17.0%
1880 1,148 0.6%
1890 1,098 −4.4%
1900 684 −37.7%
1910 557 −18.6%
1920 492 −11.7%
1930 564 14.6%
1940 547 −3.0%
1950 592 8.2%
1960 791 33.6%
1970 1,020 29.0%
1980 1,221 19.7%
1990 1,365 11.8%
2000 1,471 7.8%
2010 1,485 1.0%
2020 1,361 −8.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
See also: List of Connecticut locations by per capita income

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,471 people, 566 households, and 419 families residing in the town. The population density was 46.7 people per square mile (18.0/km2). There were 656 housing units at an average density of 20.8 per square mile (8.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.01% White, 0.68% African American, 0.61% Asian, 0.88% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.45% of the population.

There were 566 households, out of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.2% were married couples living together, 5.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.8% were non-families. 19.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 24.5% under the age of 18, 4.2% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 27.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 102.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $58,684, and the median income for a family was $64,286. Males had a median income of $42,647 versus $35,987 for females. The per capita income for the town was $29,789. About 1.4% of families and 2.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 9.0% of those age 65 or over.

Voter registration and party enrollment as of October 29, 2019
Party Active voters Inactive voters Total voters Percentage
Democratic 282 9 291 26.40%
Republican 319 6 325 29.50%
Unaffiliated 444 25 469 42.56%
Minor Parties 15 2 17 1.54%
Total 1,060 42 1,102 100%
Presidential Election Results
Year Democratic Republican Third Parties
2020 40.8% 403 57.0% 563 2.2% 22
2016 36.1% 324 58.8% 528 5.1% 46
2012 44.4% 380 53.9% 462 1.7% 14
2008 50.8% 460 46.5% 421 2.7% 24
2004 49.9% 458 46.8% 429 3.3% 30
2000 45.6% 374 45.5% 373 8.9% 73
1996 46.7% 345 37.2% 275 16.1% 119
1992 44.4% 379 30.4% 259 25.2% 215
1988 50.9% 376 47.9% 354 1.2% 9
1984 33.3% 241 66.4% 480 0.3% 2
1980 33.6% 243 49.1% 355 17.3%125
1976 42.4% 274 57.1% 369 0.5% 3
1972 35.8% 211 62.1% 366 2.1% 12
1968 37.8% 195 56.4% 291 5.8% 30
1964 63.7% 295 36.3% 198 0.00% 0
1960 32.1% 151 67.9% 319 0.00% 0
1956 20.6% 90 79.4% 346 0.00% 0

Transportation

The town is served by Connecticut Routes 8, 182, and 183. Route 8 leads south 5 miles (8 km) to Winsted and north 7 miles (11 km) to New Boston, Massachusetts. Route 182 leads west 4 miles (6 km) to U.S. Route 44 in Norfolk, while Route 183 leads south 6 miles (10 km) to Winsted and northwest 12 miles (19 km) to New Marlborough, Massachusetts.

Notable people

  • Rufus Babcock, second president of Colby College; born in North Colebrook
  • Donald Barr (1921–2004), novelist, educator, and book reviewer for The New York Times; retired to Colebrook in the 1980s
  • Abiram Chamberlain (1837–1911), the 60th governor of Connecticut; born in Colebrook
  • Jonathan Edwards (the younger) (1745–1801), theologian; lived and preached in Colebrook for four years
  • Eric Foner (1943- ), Columbia University professor, author, and noted Civil War historian; part-time resident of the town
  • Harris Merton Lyon, short story writer; lived in North Colebrook
  • Christine Negroni (1956- ), noted aviation and travel writer; part-time resident of the town
  • James Phelps (1822–1900), judge, Connecticut state legislator and US congressman; born in Colebrook
  • Lancelot Phelps (1784–1866), congressman and father to James Phelps
  • Ammi Phillips (1788–1865), artist; born in Colebrook
  • Thomas Robbins (1777–1856), Congregational minister, bibliophile, and antiquarian; died in Colebrook
  • Julius Rockwell (1805–1888), judge and congressman from Massachusetts; born in Colebrook

Wind farm siting

Wind Colebrook was a proposal to build the state's first utility scale wind turbine project, for which permitting was ultimately denied.

BNE Energy is cleared to build three wind turbines in Colebrook

Education

It is in the zone for Northwestern Regional School District No. 7: Northwestern Regional Middle School and Northwestern Regional High School.

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