Avon is a town in the Farmington Valley
region of Hartford County, Connecticut
, United States. , the town had a population of 18,302. Avon is a suburb of Hartford
Avon was settled in 1645 and was originally a part of neighboring Farmington
. In 1750, the parish of Northington was established in the northern part of Farmington, to support a Congregational church more accessible to the local population. Its first pastor was Ebenezer Booge, a graduate of Yale Divinity School
who arrived in 1751. The Farmington Canal's opening in 1828 brought new business to the village, which sat where the canal intersected the Talcott Mountain Turnpike linking Hartford to Albany, New York. Hopes of industrial and commercial growth spurred Avon to incorporate. In 1830, the Connecticut General Assembly incorporated Northington as the town of Avon, after County Avon
in England. Such expansion never came and, in the 1900s, the rural town became a suburban enclave.
In the 1960s Avon rejected the proposal for Interstate 291
coming through the southern edge of the town and successfully denied the expressway going through the town.
Avon Mountain traffic accidents
The section of Talcott Mountain
, known as Avon Mountain, between Avon and West Hartford
, is known for the climb of U.S. Route 44
, and the most direct path to Hartford
from much of the Farmington Valley
and Litchfield County
. One of the worst traffic accidents in Connecticut history occurred at the intersection of Route 44 and Route 10
at the foot of Avon Mountain.
On July 29, 2005, the driver of a dump truck
lost control of his brakes and swerved to avoid traffic waiting in his lane at the stoplight. On the eastbound side of the road, the truck then collided with rush hour traffic waiting at the light. Four people, including the driver of the truck, died in the crash. Another driver involved in the accident died in 2008 from complications directly as a result of the crash. Former Governor M. Jodi Rell
proposed safety improvements for this road in the aftermath of the accident.
In September 2007, the driver of another truck lost control. The truck, traveling westbound on U.S. Route 44 at Route 10, crashed into the Nassau Furniture building at about 11 am, taking out a column that supports the roof of the building. No major injuries resulted from the crash.
The accidents prompted the State of Connecticut to modify Route 44 through the addition of a runaway truck ramp just above the Avon Old Farms Inn and the straightening and widening of the road on the western slope of the mountain. The accidents and the reconstruction of the road have been heavily covered by local media including the Hartford Courant
According to the United States Census Bureau
, the town has a total area of , of which is land and is water.
The East side of Avon is flanked by Talcott Mountain
, part of the Metacomet Ridge
, a mountainous trap rock
ridgeline that stretches from Long Island Sound
to near the Vermont
border. Talcott Mountain is a popular outdoor recreation resource notable for its towering western cliff faces. The Metacomet Trail
traverses the Talcott Mountain ridge.
As of 2010, Avon had a population of 18,098. The racial composition of the population was 89.8% white, 1.5% black or African American, 6.3% Asian, 0.7% from other races and 1.7% from two or more races. 3.4% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 15,832 people, 6,192 households, and 4,483 families residing in the town. The population density was 684.8 people per square mile (264.4/km2
). There were 6,480 housing units at an average density of 280.3 per square mile (108.2/km2
). The racial makeup of the town was 94.93% White
, 0.98% African American
, 0.05% Native American
, 2.96% Asian
, 0.02% Pacific Islander
, 0.28% from other races
, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 1.57% of the population.
There were 6,192 households, out of which 34.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.8% were married couples living together, 4.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.6% were non-families. Of all households, 23.5% were made up of individuals, and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.03.
In the town, the population was spread out, with 26.1% under the age of 18, 3.3% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 29.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.0 males.
In 2018, the median household income was $132,500 and the per capita income for the town was $72,594. About 0.9% of families and 1.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.2% of those under age 18 and 1.9% of those age 65 or over.
Top taxpayers in Avon according to the town's 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
Arts and culture
The Avon Free Public Library can be traced back to 1791 when Rev. Rufus Hawley started collecting money from residents to purchase books for a community library. In 1798, Samuel Bishop, a prominent citizen, began offering library services within his home with a collection of 111 titles.
The library is a member of Library Connection, Inc., the cooperative regional automated circulation and online catalog database system, CONNECT, to which 33 libraries belong. Through this system, over 4 million volumes are available through interlibrary loan, the statewide reciprocal borrowing arrangement which encompasses over 160 libraries.
*Avon Congregational Church
built in 1819 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
* The Farmington Canal Heritage Trail
runs through town.
Properties owned by Avon Historical Society
* Derrin House
– 18th-century farmhouse
* Living Museum
– former schoolhouse
* Pine Grove School House
– former schoolhouse
The Avon Public Schools district contains one high school
(Avon High School
), one middle school
(Avon Middle School) for grades 7–8, an intermediate school (Thompson Brook School) for grades 5–6, and two elementary schools
(Roaring Brook School and Pine Grove School).
In addition, the Avon Old Farms School
, a private, all-boys boarding school, is also located in Avon on Old Farms Rd.
, former soccer player and commentator for ESPN and BT Sports
, radio announcer for ESPN
, professional soccer player
, former NHL player and coach of the Chicago Blackhawks
, Host of Baseball Tonight
reporter who covered the NBA and other sports.
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Category:Towns in Hartford County, Connecticut
Category:Populated places established in 1645
Category:Towns in Connecticut
Category:1830 establishments in Connecticut
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