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Bloomfield, Connecticut
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Bloomfield, Connecticut is located in Connecticut
Bloomfield, Connecticut
Location within the state of Connecticut
Coordinates: 41°50′39″N 72°44′29″W / 41.84417°N 72.74139°W / 41.84417; -72.74139
Country United States
State Connecticut
NECTA Hartford
Region Capitol Region
Incorporated 1835
Government
 - Type Council-manager
 - Town manager Louie Chapman, Jr.
 - Town council Sydney T. Schulman, Mayor
Jonathan C. Colman
Richard A. Days
Joan Gamble
Alfred F. LeFebvre
Joseph P. Merritt
Larry Pleasant
Carl Reisner
John F. Sheehan
Area
 - Total 26.2 sq mi (67.8 km2)
 - Land 26.0 sq mi (67.4 km2)
 - Water 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation 138 ft (42 m)
Population (2005)
 - Total 20,581
 - Density 792.5/sq mi (306/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 06002
Area code(s) 860
FIPS code 09-05910
GNIS feature ID 0213392
Website www.bloomfieldct.org

Bloomfield is a town in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 19,587 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Tariffville Gorge

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 26.2 square miles (67.8 km²), of which 26.0 sq mi (67.4 km²) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km² or 0.61%) is water.

Bloomfield is bordered by Windsor to the east, East Granby to the north, Simsbury and Avon to the west, and West Hartford and Hartford to the south.

The northern border of Bloomfield is formed by the Farmington River. The west side is flanked by Talcott Mountain, part of the Metacomet Ridge, a mountainous traprock ridgeline that stretches from Long Island Sound to nearly the Vermont border. Notable features of the Metacomet Ridge in Simsbury include Penwood State Park and the Tariffville Gorge of the Farmington River. The 51-mile (82 km) Metacomet Trail traverses the ridge.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 19,587 people, 7,902 households, and 5,152 families residing in the town. The population density was 753.0 people per square mile (290.8/km²). There were 8,195 housing units at an average density of 315.0/sq mi (121.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 40.00% White, 54.06% African American, 0.21% Native American, 1.29% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.60% from other races, and 2.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.67% of the population.

There were 7,902 households out of which 24.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.1% were married couples living together, 15.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.8% were non-families. 30.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the town the population was spread out with 21.4% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 24.5% from 25 to 44, 26.6% from 45 to 64, and 21.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 81.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $53,812, and the median income for a family was $64,892. Males had a median income of $42,860 versus $36,778 for females. The per capita income for the town was $28,843. About 5.1% of families and 7.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.2% of those under age 18 and 9.4% of those age 65 or over.

Voter registration and party enrollment as of October 25, 2005[2]
Party Active voters Inactive voters Total voters Percentage
  Democratic 7,228 209 7,437 51.90%
  Republican 1,758 47 1,805 12.60%
  Unaffiliated 4,905 177 5,082 35.47%
  Minor parties 4 1 5 0.03%
Total 13,895 434 14,329 100%

Schools

Bloomfield is home to two secondary schools: The public Bloomfield High School and the inter-district Big Picture High School (serving grades 9-12)

Also, Bloomfield has one Middle School, Carmen Arace, down Park Ave from Bloomfield High School, and 4 primary schools (Laurel School, Metacomet School, J.P. Vincent School, and the inter district Metropolitan Learning Center, a CREC school)

Carmen Arace serves grade 5-8 while J.P. Vincent, Metacomet and Laurel elementary school serves grades K-4.

Places of interest

  • The New England Muscle Bicycle Museum, with 120 bicycles from the 1960s and 1970s, is open by appointment [1]
  • Bloomfield is home to The First Cathedral, the largest Non-Denominational Church in New England, and the Bloomfield Farm Implements Museum.

References

  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "Registration and Party Enrollment Statistics as of October 25, 2005" (PDF). Connecticut Secretary of State. http://www.sots.ct.gov/ElectionsServices/lists/2005OctRegEnrollStats.pdf. Retrieved 2006-10-02.  

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