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Killingly, Connecticut
Killingly Town Hall
Killingly Town Hall
Official seal of Killingly, Connecticut
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Location in Windham County and the state of Connecticut.
Location in Windham County and the state of Connecticut.
Country  United States
State  Connecticut
County Windham
NECTA Danielson
Region Northeastern Connecticut
Incorporated 1708
Government
 • Type Council-manager
Area
 • Total 50.0 sq mi (129.5 km2)
 • Land 48.5 sq mi (125.7 km2)
 • Water 1.5 sq mi (3.8 km2)
Elevation
449 ft (137 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 17,752
 • Density 366/sq mi (141.2/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
06239, 06241, 06243
Area code(s) 860
FIPS code 09-40500
GNIS feature ID 0213447
Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 2,803
1840 3,685
1850 4,543 23.3%
1860 4,926 8.4%
1870 5,712 16.0%
1880 6,921 21.2%
1890 7,027 1.5%
1900 6,835 −2.7%
1910 6,564 −4.0%
1920 8,178 24.6%
1930 8,852 8.2%
1940 9,547 7.9%
1950 10,015 4.9%
1960 11,298 12.8%
1970 13,573 20.1%
1980 14,519 7.0%
1990 15,889 9.4%
2000 16,472 3.7%
2010 17,370 5.5%
2020 17,752 2.2%
US Decennial Census

Killingly is a town in Windham County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 17,752 at the 2020 census. It consists of the borough of Danielson and the villages of Attawaugan, Ballouville, Dayville, East Killingly, Rogers, and South Killingly.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 50.0 square miles (129 km2), of which, 48.5 square miles (126 km2) of it is land and 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) of it (2.94%) is water.

Principal communities

  • Attawaugan
  • Ballouville
  • Chestnut Hill
  • Danielson (borough)
  • Dayville
  • East Killingly
  • Elmville
  • Killingly Center
  • Rogers
  • South Killingly

On the National Register of Historic Places

Demographics

See also: List of Connecticut locations by per capita income

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 17,370 people, 6,749 households, and 4,528 families in the town. The population density was 358.1/square mile (137.9/km2). There were 7,592 housing units at an average density of 156.5/square mile (60.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 93.1% White, 1.5% African American, 0.4% Native American, 1.8% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.0% of the population.

The borough of Danielson and the town of Killingly contain a small Laotian community. Both are on the nation's list of top 50 cities with the highest percentage of citizens claiming Laotian ancestry.

Of the 6,749 households: 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.8% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.9% were non-families. 25.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.98.

The area population contained 22.4% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 28.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $55,598, and the median income for a family was $68,565. Males had a median income of $49,467 versus $35,429 for females. The per capita income for the town was $26,585. About 8.5% of families and 10.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.7% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.

Voter registration and party enrollment as of October 2019
Party Active voters Inactive voters Total voters Percentage
Democratic 2,616 146 2,762 24.18%
Republican 2,219 123 2,342 20.50%
Unaffiliated 5,680 404 6,084 53.26%
Minor parties 224 11 235 0.02%
Total 10,739 684 11,423 100%

Transportation

Danielson Airport is a state owned, public use airport located two nautical miles (4 km) northwest of the central business district of Danielson, a borough in Killingly.

Bus service to the area is provided by the Northeastern Connecticut Transit District.

Notable people

  • Francis Alexander (1800–1881), born in Killingly, was a portrait painter
  • Harriet Pritchard Arnold (1858–1901), writer
  • Manasseh Cutler (1742–1823), US representative, soldier, minister, botanist, doctor, and scientist. He was educated at both Yale and Harvard Universities. He lobbied Congress to pass the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, helped establish the Ohio Company, and worked to found Ohio University.
  • John M. Dowe (1896–1946), Connecticut State Comptroller (1941–1943, 1945–1946)
  • Mae Flexer, Connecticut state senator
  • William Torrey Harris (1835–1909), a philosopher who introduced reindeer to Alaska, educator (and later U.S. Commissioner of Education) who introduced the first permanent kindergarten, and lexicographer who introduced the "divided page" into dictionaries (the 1909 edition of Webster's New International Dictionary). He was born in North Killingly. He also founded the first philosophical journal in the country.
  • Mary Dixon Kies (1752–1837), the first woman in the United States to receive a patent (in 1809, for a method of weaving straw with silk or thread). Kies was born and lived in South Killingly, an unincorporated village in the Town of Killingly.
  • Samuel Knight (1731–1804), chief justice of the Vermont Supreme Court
  • Charles Tiffany (1812–1902) born in town, became the owner of Tiffany and Company
  • Ebenezer Young (1783–1851), a United States Representative from Connecticut.
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