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Haddam, Connecticut
Brainerd Memorial Library
Brainerd Memorial Library
Official seal of Haddam, Connecticut
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Location in Middlesex County, Connecticut
Location in Middlesex County, Connecticut
Country  United States
U.S. state  Connecticut
County Middlesex
Metropolitan area Hartford
Incorporated 1668
Government
 • Type Selectman-town meeting
Area
 • Total 46.4 sq mi (120.2 km2)
 • Land 44.0 sq mi (114.0 km2)
 • Water 2.3 sq mi (6.0 km2)
Elevation
322 ft (98 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 8,452
 • Density 192/sq mi (74.1/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
06424, 06438, 06441
Area code(s) 860/959
FIPS code 09-35230
GNIS feature ID 0213439

Haddam is a town in Middlesex County, Connecticut. The population was 8,452 at the time of the 2020 census. The town was also home to the now-decommissioned Connecticut Yankee Nuclear Power Plant.

History

Haddam, in Middlesex County, is located in south-central Connecticut in the lower Connecticut River Valley. It is also home to Cockaponset State Forest. Incorporated in October 1668 as Hadham, It was later renamed Haddam due to people saying Hadham too fast. Haddam is the only town in Connecticut divided by the Connecticut River. It contains five villages – Hidden Lake, Higganum, Shailerville, and Tylerville on the west side of the river, and Haddam Neck on the east. For the first two hundred years of the town’s existence, the Connecticut River was a major source of income and transportation. Today, the town of Haddam is a residential community. - See more at: http://connecticuthistory.org/towns-page/haddam/#sthash.wyMLtbr4.dpuf

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 46.3 square miles (120 km2), of which, 44.0 square miles (114 km2) of it is land and 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2) of it (5.01%) is water. It is located in the Connecticut River Valley with a majority of the town's eastern border along the Connecticut River. However, part of the border is the Salmon River on the east side, which causes the Connecticut river to divide the community of Haddam Neck from the rest of the town. Haddam is the only town in Connecticut with residents on both sides of the river, however there is no modern bridge or ferry within the town limits.

Villages and neighborhoods

In addition to the town center, Haddam Center, the town also includes five villages, including Haddam Neck, Hidden Lake, Higganum, Shailerville, and Tylerville. The neighborhood of Ponset is also within the town's borders.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 2,195
1800 2,307 5.1%
1810 2,205 −4.4%
1820 2,478 12.4%
1830 3,025 22.1%
1840 2,599 −14.1%
1850 2,279 −12.3%
1860 2,307 1.2%
1870 2,071 −10.2%
1880 2,419 16.8%
1890 2,095 −13.4%
1900 2,015 −3.8%
1910 1,958 −2.8%
1920 1,736 −11.3%
1930 1,755 1.1%
1940 2,069 17.9%
1950 2,636 27.4%
1960 3,466 31.5%
1970 4,934 42.4%
1980 6,383 29.4%
1990 6,769 6.0%
2000 7,157 5.7%
2010 8,346 16.6%
2020 8,452 1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
See also: List of Connecticut locations by per capita income

As of the census of 2000, there were 7,157 people, 2,701 households, and 2,101 families residing in the town. The population density was 162.5 inhabitants per square mile (62.8/km2). There were 2,822 housing units at an average density of 24.7 persons/km2 (64.1 inhabitants/mi2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.86% White, 1.03% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.82% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. 1.06% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,701 households, out of which 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.1% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a woman whose husband does not live with her, and 22.2% were non-families. 18.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 24.7% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 30.4% from 45 to 64, and 9.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 102.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $78,571, and the median income for a family was $87,026. Males had a median income of $50,500 versus $37,447 for females. The per capita income for the town was $30,519. 3.5% of the population and 1.5% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 4.6% were under the age of 18 and 7.2% were 65 or older.

Voter Registration and Party Enrollment as of October 25, 2005
Party Active Voters Inactive Voters Total Voters Percentage
Democratic 1,493 49 1,542 27.68%
Republican 1,205 44 1,249 22.42%
Unaffiliated 2,633 139 2,772 49.77%
Minor Parties 6 1 7 0.13%
Total 5,337 233 5,570 100%

Notable locations and historic sites

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