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Storrs is a village and
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(CDP) in the
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of
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in eastern Tolland County,
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,
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United States
. The population was 15,344 at the
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. It is dominated economically and demographically by the main campus of the
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and the associated
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. Storrs was named for
Charles and Augustus Storrs Charles Storrs (January 24, 1822 – September 1, 1884) and Augustus Storrs (June 4, 1817 – March 3, 1892) were American business partners and brothers who played a key role in establishing the Storrs Agricultural School (now the University of ...
, two brothers who founded the
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(originally called the
Storrs Agricultural College The University of Connecticut (UConn, sometimes stylized as UCONN) is a Public university, public Land-grant university, land-grant research university in Storrs, Connecticut. It was founded in 1881. The primary 4,400-acre (17.8 km2) camp ...
) by giving the land () and $6,000 in 1881. In the aftermath of September 2005's
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, ''
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'' named Storrs "America's Best Place to Avoid Death Due to Natural Disaster." Storrs is also home to the new University of Connecticut Huskies baseball's home stadium,
Elliot Ballpark Elliot Ballpark is a baseball Baseball park, stadium on the campus of the University of Connecticut (UConn) in Storrs, Connecticut, United States. It is the home field of the UConn Huskies baseball team of NCAA Division I's Big East Conference. Th ...
, which replaced J. O. Christian Field.


Geography

According to the
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, the community has an area of 14.8 km (5.7 mi2), of which 14.7 km (5.7 mi2) is land and 0.1 km (0.04 mi2) (0.53%) is water.


Climate


Demographics

As of the
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census
of 2000, there were 10,996 people, 1,630 households, and 645 families residing in the community. The
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population density
was 748.8/km (1,939.3/mi2). There were 1,701 housing units at an average density of 115.8/km (300.0/mi2). The racial makeup of the community was 81.10%
White White is the lightest color Color (American English American English (AmE, AE, AmEng, USEng, en-US), sometimes called United States English or U.S. English, is the set of varieties of the English language native to the Unite ...
, 5.67%
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, 0.09%
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, 9.13%
Asian Asian may refer to: * Items from or related to the continent of Asia: ** Asian people, people in or descending from Asia ** Asian culture, the culture of the people from Asia ** Asian cuisine, food based on the style of food of the people from Asi ...
, 0.05%
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, 1.70% from
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, and 2.26% from two or more races.
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or
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of any race were 4.40% of the population. There were 1,630 households, out of which 15.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.6% were
married couples Marriage, also called matrimony or wedlock is a culturally and often legally recognized union between people called spouse A spouse is a significant other in a marriage (in certain contexts, it can also apply to a civil union or comm ...

married couples
living together, 4.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 60.4% were non-families. 34.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.70. The age distribution, heavily influenced by the University of Connecticut, is: 4.0% under the age of 18, 76.1% from 18 to 24, 10.1% from 25 to 44, 3.9% from 45 to 64, and 5.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 21. For every 100 females, there were 91.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.1 males. The median income for a household in the community was $76,000 and the median income for a family was $64,833. Males had a median income of $34,766 versus $23,229 for females. The
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for the CDP was $9,947. About 10.0% of families and 33.5% of the population were below the
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, including 5.4% of those under age 18 and 8.2% of those age 65 or over. Standard measures of poverty can be misleading when applied to communities dominated by students, such as Storrs.


Access

It is near the intersection of U.S. Route 44 and
Connecticut Route 32 Route 32 is a primary north–south state highway in the U.S. state of Connecticut, beginning in New London, Connecticut, New London and continuing via Willimantic, Connecticut, Willimantic to the Massachusetts state line, where it con ...
in Mansfield Depot. Until 1955 inter-city train service was available nine miles to the south in Willimantic on the
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's ''
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'' and unnamed trains between Waterbury, Hartford and Boston.Karr, Ronald Dale (2017). ''The Rail Lines of Southern New England'' (2 ed.). Branch Line Press. p. 112. .


Notable people

* Regina Barreca, humorist and UConn professor of English literature and feminist theory *
Audrey P. BeckAudrey Phillips Beck (August 6, 1931 – March 11, 1983) was an American politician and educator. Born in Brooklyn Brooklyn () is a Boroughs of New York City, borough of New York City, coextensive with Kings County, in the U.S. state of New Y ...
, college professor and
Connecticut Connecticut () is the southernmost state in the New England region of the United States. As of the 2010 United States census, 2010 Census, it has the highest per-capita income, second-highest level of List of U.S. states and territories by H ...
state legislator *
Rivers Cuomo Rivers Cuomo ( ; born June 13, 1970) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and producer. He is the lead vocalist, guitarist, pianist, and songwriter of the rock band Weezer Weezer is an American Rock music, rock band formed in Los An ...
, lead singer/guitarist of the
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band
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Weezer
, grew up in Storrs and attended the local secondary school, E.O. Smith High School *
Cheo Hodari Coker Cheo Hodari Coker (born December 12, 1972) is an American former music journalist turned television writer and producer known for such television series as ''Luke Cage Luke Cage, also known as Power Man, is a fictional character appearing in ...
, television writer and producer for "Luke Cage", "
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", and "Southland" *
Wally Lamb Wally Lamb (born October 17, 1950) is an American author known as the writer of the novels ''She's Come Undone'' and ''I Know This Much Is True'', both of which were selected for Oprah's Book Club. He was the director of the Writing Center at No ...
, best-selling author of the books ''She's Come Undone'' and ''I Know This Much Is True''. Both were selected for
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. * Ben Magubane, professor of anthropology and anti-apartheid leader *
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, ESPN college football and NFL analyst, former quarterback for the Detroit Lions * Tim Page, Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic and biographer of
Dawn Powell Dawn Powell (Nov. 28, 1896 – Nov. 14, 1965) was an award-winning novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and short story writer. Known for her acid-tongued prose, "her relative obscurity was likely due to a general distaste for her harsh satiric ...
*
Jonathan Pelto Jonathan W. Pelto is an American politician from the state of Connecticut. A member of the Democratic Party (United States), Democratic Party, he served in the Connecticut House of Representatives. Political career Pelto began working in politics b ...
, American politician * Samuel Pickering, professor at the University of Connecticut, inspiration for the character Mr. Keating in the film ''
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'' *
Dom Sigillo Dominic Frederick Sigillo (March 7, 1913 – July 1, 1957) was an American football Tackle (American football), tackle who played three seasons in the National Football League with the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions. He played college football a ...
, retired
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American football
player, played for the
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Chicago Bears
and Detroit Lions. *
Charles and Augustus Storrs Charles Storrs (January 24, 1822 – September 1, 1884) and Augustus Storrs (June 4, 1817 – March 3, 1892) were American business partners and brothers who played a key role in establishing the Storrs Agricultural School (now the University of ...
, brothers, business partners, benefactors and co-founders of the
University of Connecticut The University of Connecticut (UConn, sometimes stylized as UCONN) is a public In public relations Public relations (PR) is the practice of managing and disseminating information from an individual or an organization An organ ...
*Peter Tork (''ne'' Peter Halsten Thorkelson), member of The Monkees. He attended E.O. Smith High School; he was class of 1959 and made the class of 2005 commencement speech. *Wendy O. Williams, lead singer for the 1970s and 1980s punk rock band the Plasmatics, lived in town from 1991 until her death in 1998


See also

*WHUS


References

{{Authority control Census-designated places in Tolland County, Connecticut Mansfield, Connecticut Villages in Connecticut