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Avon, Connecticut
—  Town  —
Official seal of Avon, Connecticut
Location within Hartford County, Connecticut
Country United States
State Connecticut
NECTA Hartford
Region Capitol Region
Settled 1645
Incorporated 1830
 • Type Council-manager
 • Town manager Brandon Robertson
 • Town council Mark W. Zacchio (R), Chrm
Douglas Evans (R)
Heather Maguire (R)
William Stokesbury (R)
David Pena (D)
 • Total 23.5 sq mi (60.9 km2)
 • Land 23.1 sq mi (59.9 km2)
 • Water 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)
Elevation 276 ft (84 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 18,098
 • Density 745/sq mi (288/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 06001
Area code(s) 860
FIPS code 09-02060
GNIS feature ID 0213385

Avon is an affluent town in the Farmington Valley region of Hartford County, Connecticut, United States. As of 2010, the town had a population of 18,098.

Avon is a suburb of Hartford. Avon Old Farms School, a prestigious boarding school, is located there. In 2005, Avon was named the third-safest town in America by Money Magazine. It is home to the Pine Grove School House, which was built in 1865 and remains open today as a museum.

Avon is home to Avon High School as well as two elementary schools, Pine Grove Elementary and Roaring Brook Elementary, an intermediate (grades 5–6) school Thompson Brook, and a middle school (grades 7–8) Avon Middle School.[1]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 23.5 square miles (61 km2), of which 23.1 square miles (60 km2) is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) 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 51-mile (82 km) Metacomet Trail traverses the Talcott Mountain ridge.


Avon was settled in 1645 and was originally a part of 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.[2] Former Governor M. Jodi Rell proposed safety improvements for this road in the aftermath of the accident.[3]

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.[4]

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.

Public library[]

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.

Notable locations[]

Derrin House

  • Avon Congregational Church built in 1819 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.

Properties owned by the Avon Historical Society[]

  • Derrin House[5] – 18th-century farmhouse
  • Living Museum[6] – former schoolhouse
  • Pine Grove School House[7] – former schoolhouse


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 995
1860 1,059 6.4%
1870 987 −6.8%
1880 1,057 7.1%
1890 1,182 11.8%
1900 1,302 10.2%
1910 1,337 2.7%
1920 1,534 14.7%
1930 1,738 13.3%
1940 2,258 29.9%
1950 3,171 40.4%
1960 5,273 66.3%
1970 8,352 58.4%
1980 11,201 34.1%
1990 13,937 24.4%
2000 15,832 13.6%
2010 18,098 14.3%
Est. 2014 18,421 [8] 16.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

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.[10]

As of the census[11] 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 or Latino 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. 23.5% of all households 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.

The mean income for a household in the town is $155,707, and the mean income for a family is $186,289. Males had a median income of $76,882 versus $44,848 for females. The per capita income for the town was $51,706. 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.

Voter registration and party enrollment as of October 25, 2005[12]
Party Active voters Inactive voters Total voters Percentage
Republican 3,956 187 4,143 35.11%
Democratic 2,655 100 2,755 23.35%
Unaffiliated 4,639 251 4,890 41.44%
Minor parties 10 1 11 0.09%
Total 11,260 539 11,799 100%

Notable Residents[]

  • Will Friedle, actor
  • Mike Golic, radio announcer for ESPN
  • Jessica Lundy, actor
  • Kia McNeill, professional soccer player[13]
  • Stuart Scott, ESPN reporter who covered the NBA and other sports.
  • Glen Wesley former NHL player, lived in Avon during his tenure with the Hartford Whalers.
  • David Yoo, author
  • Joel Quenneville former Hartford Whalers player and coach of the Chicago Blackhawks.
  • Maxwell O'Connor Board certified Pedorthist and Diplomat

Historical populations[]

1830 1,025
1840 1,001
1850 995
1860 1,059
1870 987
1880 1,057
1890 1,182
1900 1,302
1910 1,337
1920 1,534
1930 1,738
1940 2,258
1950 3,171
1960 5,273
1970 8,352
1980 11,201
1990 13,937
2000 15,832
2010 18,098

Sources: Interactive Connecticut State Register & Manual and U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division


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  2. ^ Yardley, William; Stowe, Stacey (July 30, 2005). "Dump Truck Plows Through Intersection, Causing 20-Vehicle Accident and Killing 4". The New York Times. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  3. ^ Governor Rell: Governor Rell Pledges to Build On Road Safety Progress; First Anniversary of Avon Mountain Crash
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  5. ^ "The Derrin House". Avon Historical Society. Retrieved September 15, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Living Museum". Avon Historical Society. Retrieved September 15, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Pine Grove School". Avon Historical Society. Retrieved September 15, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ 2010 population by race and Hispanic or Latino by place chart for Connecticut from the US Census.
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  12. ^ "Registration and Party Enrollment Statistics as of October 25, 2005" (PDF). Connecticut Secretary of State. Archived from the original on September 23, 2006. Retrieved October 2, 2006. 
  13. ^ Riley, Lori (August 21, 2010). "McNeill Helps Beat To Victory Over Breakers In Women's Soccer". Hartford Courant. Retrieved May 24, 2014. 

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