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Windham County, Connecticut
Map of Connecticut highlighting Windham County
Location in the state of Connecticut
Map of the U.S. highlighting Connecticut
Connecticut's location in the U.S.
Seat none; since 1960 Connecticut counties no longer have a county government
Largest town Windham
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

521 sq mi (1,349 km²)
513 sq mi (1,329 km²)
9 sq mi (23 km²), 1.67%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

109,091
212/sq mi (82/km²)
Founded 1726
Congressional district 2nd

Windham County is a county located in the northeastern corner of the U.S. state of Connecticut. As of 2000, the population was 109,091.

The entire county is within the Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor, as designated by the National Park Service.

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History

Windham County was created from Hartford and New London counties on May 12, 1726, by an act of the Connecticut General Court. The act establishing the county states:

That the west bounds of the town of Lebanon, the north
bounds of Coventry, the north bounds of Mansfield till it
meet with the southwest bounds of Ashford, the west bounds
of Ashford, the east bounds of Stafford, the Massachusetts
line on the north, and Rhode Island line on the east, the north
bounds of Preston, and north bounds of Norwich, containing
the towns of Windham, Lebanon, Plainfield, Canterbury,
Mansfield, Coventry, Pomfrett, Killingly, Ashford, Voluntown
and Mortlake, shall be one entire county, and called by the
name of County of Windham.[1]

In May 1749, the town of Woodstock, formerly New Roxbury, Worcester County Massachusetts, was unilaterally annexed by Connecticut and assigned to Windham County. In 1785, the town of Union (incorporated in 1734) was transferred to the newly-formed Tolland County. Over the next century, Windham County would lose several towns to Tolland and New London counties: Coventry to Tolland in 1786, Lebanon to New London in 1824, Columbia and Mansfield to Tolland in 1827, and Voluntown to New London in 1881. The final boundary adjustment occurred on April 7, 1885, when the boundary dispute between the towns of Windham and Mansfield was resolved.[2]

Government

County level government in the state of Connecticut was abolished in 1960. All government affairs and services are administered by either the state or local municipality.

The office of county high sheriff was abolished by constitutional referendum in 2000. All former functions of the county sheriff's office are now carried out by the state marshals service. The last high sheriff (or official for that matter) of Windham County was Thomas W. White, who left office in 2000 due to the the discontinuation of the county sheriff's departments in Connecticut.

Transportation

Major highways through Windham County include Interstate 395, which runs north-south from the New London County line at Plainfield to the Massachusetts state line at Thompson. The southern part of I-395 is part of the Connecticut Turnpike, which branches off the interstate in Killingly and runs east-west from I-395 exit 90, to U.S. Route 6 at the Rhode Island state line.

Other north-south routes include Route 12, which parallels I-395 through many local communities, Route 169, a National Scenic Byway traveling through rural communities from the New London County line in Canterbury to the Massaschusetts state line in Woodstock. Other secondary north-south roads are Routes 89, 198, 97, 21, and 49.

Major east-west routes are U.S. Route 44 from the Tolland County line at Ashford to the Rhode Island state line at Putnam, and U.S. Route 6 from the Tolland County line at Windham to the Rhode Island state line at Killingly. U.S. Route 6 has short expressway segments in Windham and Killingly. Other secondary east-west roads are Routes 14, 101, 171, and 197.

Geography

Bison Farm

There are no incorporated cities in Windham County. There is one incorporated borough, Danielson.

Two areas formerly incorporated as cities were re-organized as Special Service Districts, Willimantic (1983) and Putnam (1984).

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 521 square miles (1,351 km²), of which, 513 square miles (1,328 km²) of it is land and 9 square miles (23 km²) of it (1.67%) is water.

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Adjacent counties

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 109,091 people, 41,142 households, and 28,223 families residing in the county. The population density was 213 people per square mile (82/km²). There were 43,959 housing units at an average density of 86 per square mile (33/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.27% White, 1.87% Black or African American, 0.48% Native American, 0.83% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 3.59% from other races, and 1.92% from two or more races. 7.09% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 17.5% were of French, 12.1% French Canadian, 10.5% Irish, 9.6% English, 8.0% Italian and 6.8% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000. 88.7% spoke English, 5.9% Spanish and 2.7% French as their first language.

There were 41,142 households out of which 33.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.30% were married couples living together, 11.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.40% were non-families. 24.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.10% under the age of 18, 9.60% from 18 to 24, 30.30% from 25 to 44, 22.70% from 45 to 64, and 12.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $45,115, and the median income for a family was $52,490. Males had a median income of $38,319 versus $26,745 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,443. About 5.70% of families and 8.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.30% of those under age 18 and 7.10% of those age 65 or over.

Cities, towns, boroughs, and villages*

The Frog Bridge in the Willimantic section of Windham.

* Boroughs are incorporated portions of one or more towns with separate borough councils, zoning boards, and borough officials. Villages are named localities, but have no separate corporate existence from the towns they are in.

References

  1. ^ "CCR: Volume 07, Page 11". http://www.colonialct.uconn.edu/ViewPageByPageNew.cfm?ID=4031&Volume=7&Master=991&Letter=W&v=07&p=11&c=4. Retrieved 2008-06-17.  
  2. ^ Newberry Library -- Connecticut Atlas of Historical County Boundaries
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

External links

Coordinates: 41°50′N 71°59′W / 41.83°N 71.99°W / 41.83; -71.99


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Windham County, Connecticut
Map
File:Map of Connecticut highlighting Windham County.png
Location in the state of Connecticut
Map of the USA highlighting Connecticut
Connecticut's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1726
Seat none; Connecticut counties do not have a county government
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 1.67%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

109091

Windham County is a county located in the northeastern corner of the U.S. state of Connecticut. As of 2000, the population was 109,091.

The entire county is within the Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor, as designated by the National Park Service.

Contents

Government

County level government in the state of Connecticut was abolished in 1960. All government affairs and services are administered by either the state or local municipality.

The office of county high sheriff was abolished by constitutional referendum in 2000. All former functions of the county sheriff's office are now carried out by the state marshall's service.

Transportation

Major highways through Windham County include Interstate 395, which runs north-south from the New London County line at Plainfield to the Massachusetts state line at Thompson. The southern part of I-395 is part of the Connecticut Turnpike, which branches off the interstate in Killingly and runs east-west from I-395 exit 90, to US Route 6 at the Rhode Island state line.

Other north-south routes include State Route 12, which parallels I-395 through many local communities, State Route 169, a National Scenic Byway traveling through rural communities from the New London County line in Canterbury to the Mass. state line in Woodstock.

State Routes 89,198, 97, 21, and 49, are other north-south corridors.

Major east-west routes are US Route 44, from the Tolland County line at Ashford to the Rhode Island state line at Putnam, and US Route 6, from the Tolland County line at Windham to the Rhode Island state line at Killingly. US Route 6 has short expressway segments in Windham and Killingly.

State Routes 14, 101, 171, and 197 are other east-west corridors.

Geography

Bison Farm

There are no incorporated cities in Windham County. There is one incorporated borough, Danielson.

Two areas formerly incorporated as cities were re-organized as Special Service Districts, Willimantic (1983) and Putnam (1984).

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,351 km² (521 sq mi). 1,328 km² (513 sq mi) of it is land and 23 km² (9 sq mi) of it (1.67%) is water.

Adjacent Counties

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 109,091 people, 41,142 households, and 28,223 families residing in the county. The population density was 82/km² (213/sq mi). There were 43,959 housing units at an average density of 33/km² (86/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 91.27% White, 1.87% Black or African American, 0.48% Native American, 0.83% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 3.59% from other races, and 1.92% from two or more races. 7.09% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 17.5% were of French, 12.1% French Canadian, 10.5% Irish, 9.6% English, 8.0% Italian and 6.8% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000. 88.7% spoke English, 5.9% Spanish and 2.7% French as their first language.

There were 41,142 households out of which 33.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.30% were married couples living together, 11.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.40% were non-families. 24.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.10% under the age of 18, 9.60% from 18 to 24, 30.30% from 25 to 44, 22.70% from 45 to 64, and 12.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $45,115, and the median income for a family was $52,490. Males had a median income of $38,319 versus $26,745 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,443. About 5.70% of families and 8.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.30% of those under age 18 and 7.10% of those age 65 or over.

Cities, towns, boroughs, and villages*

The Frog Bridge in the Willimantic section of Windham.

* Boroughs are incorporated portions of one or more towns with separate borough councils, zoning boards, and borough officials. Villages are named localities, but have no separate corporate existence from the towns they are in.

External link

Coordinates: 41°50′N 71°59′W / 41.83, -71.99


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