Vernon is the most populous town
in Tolland County, Connecticut
, United States. The population was 29,179 at the 2010 census
. Vernon contains the smaller villages of Talcottville
and Dobsonville. Vernon contains the former City of Rockville
Vernon was incorporated in October 1808, from Bolton
. Vernon was named after George Washington
's Mount Vernon estate. Vernon contains the former city of Rockville
, incorporated in January, 1889 and consolidated in January of 1965.
According to the United States Census Bureau
, the town has a total area of , of which is land and (1.88%) is water.
At the 2000 census
there were 28,063 people, 12,269 households and 7,275 families living in the town. The population density
was 1,582.8 per square mile (611.1/km2
). There were 12,867 housing units at an average density of 725.7 per square mile (280.2/km2
). The racial makeup of the town was 89.95% White
, 3.99% African American
, 0.24% Native American
, 2.65% Asian
, 0.04% Pacific Islander
, 1.22% from other races
, and 1.91% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 3.58% of the population.
There were 12,269 households, out of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples
living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.7% were non-families. 33.0% 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 2.26 and the average family size was 2.90.
22.1% of the population was under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 32.4% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.1 males.
The median income
for a household in the town was $47,816, and the median income for a family was $59,599. Males had a median income of $43,620 versus $31,515 for females. The per capita income
for the town was $25,150. About 4.1% of families and 5.9% of the population were below the poverty line
, including 7.9% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.
City of Rockville
Most of Rockville has been designated as part of the Rockville Historic District. The district is roughly bounded by Shenipsit Street, Davis Avenue, West Street and South Street was added in 1984 to the National Register of Historical Places
. The district includes 842 buildings and one other structure. It includes examples of Greek Revival, Late Victorian, and Classical Revival architecture. The historic district includes 842 buildings and one other structure over 550 acres (2.2 km2
). The Population of this part of Vernon is 7,474.
Buildings of architectural or historic interest in Rockville include:
* St. Bernard Church
* Memorial Building housing the New England Civil War Museum
and the Grand Army of the Republic
Hall as well as the town offices for Vernon.
* Old Rockville High School and East School
* Hockanum Mill
* Saxony Mill
* Florence Mill
* The Tower on Fox Hill
* Lake Street School
* Maple Street School
* Northeast School
* Center Road School
* Skinner Road School
Middle and secondary schools
* Vernon Center Middle School
* Rockville High School
Points of interest
* Arts Center East
* Belding Wildlife Property
* Gene Pitney Exhibit in Town Hall
* New England Civil War Museum
* Rails to Trails
* Rockville Community Alliance
* Rockville Farmers Market
* Talcottville Historic District
* Talcottville Ravine
* Valley Falls Park
* Vernon Historical Society
* Victorian homes
* Henry Park/Fox Hill Tower
(born 1973), NFL wide receiver
, American missionary to Japan and co-founder of Kobe College
, Irish boxer and former footballer
, former Governor of Virginia
and current U.S. Senator
, was raised in Vernon.
West African poet and rapper from Ghana currently resides in Vernon.
(1941–2006), internationally known singer/songwriter, member of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, born in Hartford, raised in Rockville
*Charles Ethan Porter
(c. 1847-1923), an African-American still-life painter, lived in the Rockville neighborhood as a child.
* Kenneth North
(1930-2010), U.S. Air Force brigadier general
* Bill Romanowski
was born in Vernon; he is a former professional American football
player and four-time Super Bowl
, inventor of the Sharps rifle
, spent the final years of his life farming in Vernon.
, film actress in the 1940s and 1950s, died in Vernon.
(1863–1933), world champion sprinter and track coach
, head coach of the Connecticut Huskies
baseball team, was born in Vernon.
, current U.S. congressman from Connecticut's 2nd congressional district
*George L. Graziadio, Jr.
, business and property developer born in Vernon.
, politician and former mayor of Vernon.
*Ross A. Hull
, radio engineer, lived and died in Vernon.
, former president of the University of California
, was born in Vernon.
, politician and attorney in Vernon
(1906–1968), songwriter and Broadway theatre
(1821–1903), U.S. Representative
(1940-2011), analog integrated circuit design expert and technical author
*M. William Phelps
, investigative journalist and crime writer, lives in Vernon.
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