Roxbury, Connecticut facts for kids
Location in Litchfield County, Connecticut
|• Type||Selectman-town meeting|
|• First selectman||Barbara M. Henry (R)|
|• Selectman||Russell Dirienzo (R)|
|• Selectman||Jim Conway (D)|
|• Total||26.3 sq mi (68.1 km2)|
|• Land||26.2 sq mi (67.9 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)|
|Elevation||541 ft (165 m)|
|• Density||89/sq mi (34/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (Eastern)|
|GNIS feature ID||0213498|
Roxbury, whose Indian name was "Shepaug", a Mahican name signifiying "rocky water", was settled about the year 1713. Originally a part of Woodbury, the town was incorporated in October 1796.
Mine Hill and its minerals have been associated with Roxbury since the middle of the 18th century. A silver mine was opened here and was later found to contain spathic iron, specially adapted to steel making and a small smelting furnace was built. The abundance of granite found in many of Mine Hill's quarries provided the building material for the ore roaster and blast furnace, as well as for such world wonders as the Brooklyn Bridge and Grand Central Terminal in New York City.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 26.3 square miles (68 km2), of which, 26.2 square miles (68 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.23%) is water.
- Judd's Bridge
- Roxbury center
- Roxbury Falls
- Roxbury Station
On the National Register of Historic Places
Three places in Roxbury, Connecticut are included on the National Register of Historic Places listing. They are:
- Roxbury Center (CT 67, Weller's Bridge Rd., South and Church Streets); 32 buildings in designated local historic district.
- Roxbury Iron Mine and Furnace Complex
- Roxbury Station Historic District (added 2009) (CT 67, Botsford Hill, Hodge, and Mine Hill Roads)
- See also: List of Connecticut locations by per capita income
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,136 people, 848 households, and 620 families residing in the town. The population density was 81.4 people per square mile (31.4/km²). There were 1,018 housing units at an average density of 38.8 per square mile (15.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.24% White, 0.23% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.94% Asian, 0.66% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.31% of the population.
There were 848 households out of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.5% were married couples living together, 4.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.8% were non-families. 20.3% 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 2.52 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the town, the population was spread out with 22.8% under the age of 18, 3.7% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 34.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 104.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.0 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $87,794, and the median income for a family was $97,672. Males had a median income of $61,477 versus $45,417 for females. The per capita income for the town was $56,769. About 3.0% of families and 3.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.
Roads in Roxbury on the List of Connecticut State Scenic Highways
The following roads are Connecticut State Scenic Highways:
- Connecticut Route 317; 0.40 from Painter Hill Road, west to Route 67. (added November 14, 1990)
- Connecticut Route 67; 0.87 mile from Ranny Hill Road, south to 0.30 mile south of Route 317. (added November 14, 1990)
- Connecticut Route 67; 2.90 miles from the Roxbury/Bridgewater Town line, east to Ranny Hill Road. (added August 23, 1996)
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