|Town of Easton|
|Coordinates: 41°15′10″N 73°17′50″W / 41.25278°N 73.29722°WCoordinates: 41°15′10″N 73°17′50″W / 41.25278°N 73.29722°W|
|• Type||Selectman-town meeting|
|• First selectman||David Bindelglass (D)|
|• Selectman||Kristi Sogofsky (R)|
|• Selectman||Robert Lessler (D)|
|• Total||28.6 sq mi (74.1 km2)|
|• Land||27.4 sq mi (71.0 km2)|
|• Water||1.2 sq mi (3.1 km2)|
|Elevation||301 ft (92 m)|
|• Density||277/sq mi (107.1/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (Eastern)|
|GNIS feature ID||206880|
Easton is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 7,605 at the time of the 2020 census. Easton contains the historic district of Aspetuck and the Plattsville census-designated place. Part of the Greater Bridgeport Planning Region, which is in turn a part of the New York metropolitan statistical area, it is bordered by the towns of Fairfield, Connecticut to the south, Redding to the north, Weston to the west, and Monroe and Trumbull to the east.
In March 2023, Easton established a sister city relationship with Sviatohirsk, Donetsk, Ukraine.
Easton was first settled in 1757 by men and women from Fairfield. In 1762 a congregation called the North Fairfield Society was established, and it gradually evolved into Easton. In 1787 Weston, then including lands now defined as Easton, was incorporated out of Fairfield. The area was slow to develop because of the rough hills along the Aspetuck River, and so it was not until 1845 that what is now Easton separated from Weston. Today, half of the town's property is owned by the Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut, the major supplier of water in the area.
The deaf and blind activist Helen Keller lived the last several years of her life in Easton. Her house is still intact today and has been owned by several families since her death. The local middle school is named for her.
The 2009 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was a 76-foot (23 m) Norway Spruce donated from a private residence in Easton.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 28.6 square miles (74 km2), of which, 27.4 square miles (71 km2) of it is land and 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2) of it (4.2%) is water.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
See also: List of Connecticut locations by per capita income
As of the census of 2010, there were 7,490 people, 2,465 households, and 2,077 families residing in the town. The population density was 265.2 inhabitants per square mile (102.4/km2). There were 2,511 housing units at an average density of 91.6 per square mile (35.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.74% White, 0.22% African American, 0.04% Native American, 2.02% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.41% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.76% of the population.
Of the 2,465 households, 42.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 75.8% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.7% were non-families. 12.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.23 individuals.
In the town, the population was spread out, with 21.7% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 37% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.3 males. The sex ratio is 94.3 males per 100 females.
The median income for a household in the town was $132,000, and the median income for a family was $155,227. Males had a median income of $101,636 versus $83,333 for females. The per capita income for the town was $59,546. About 2.2% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.4% of those under age 18 and 2.6% of those age 65 or over.
Places listed on the National Register of Historic Places include Aspetuck Historic District, Ida Tarbell House, and Bradley-Hubbell House. The annual Easton Fireman's Carnival is an event run by the Easton Fire Department that occurs every summer. It features games and food in addition to rides provided by the Stewart Amusement Company. The carnival's proceeds help pay the yearly operating costs, improvements to house and equipment, and high priority gear. In 2020, the carnival was canceled for the first time in 63 years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Historically, Easton has been a reliably Republican stronghold. However, in 2016, town residents voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton with a plurality. In 2020, Joe Biden improved upon the Democratic margin in the town.
|2020||55.29% 2,777||43.36% 2,178||1.35% 68|
|2016||48.67% 2,203||47.08% 2,131||4.24% 192|
|2012||43.16% 1,841||55.79% 2,380||1.05% 45|
|2008||49.47% 2,238||49.93% 2,259||0.60% 27|
|2004||44.34% 2,002||54.53% 2,462||1.13% 51|
|2000||42.76% 1,783||52.18% 2,176||5.06% 211|
|1996||38.86% 1,475||50.16% 1,904||10.99% 417|
|1992||30.85% 1,232||47.80% 1,909||21.36% 853|
|1988||29.94% 1,106||68.65% 2,536||1.41% 52|
|1984||24.83% 895||74.79% 2,696||0.39% 14|
|1980||23.91% 821||64.11% 2,201||11.97% 411|
|1976||29.38% 921||69.92% 2,192||0.70% 22|
|1972||23.77% 681||74.24% 2,127||1.99% 57|
|1968||27.05% 655||68.07% 1,648||4.87% 118|
|1964||38.09% 801||61.91% 1,302||0.00% 0|
|1960||24.39% 466||75.61% 1,445||0.00% 0|
|1956||14.79% 251||85.21% 1,446||0.00% 0|
|1952||17.87% 262||76.74% 1,125||5.39% 79|
|Voter registration and party enrollment as of November 5, 2018|
|Party||Active voters||Inactive voters||Total voters||Percentage|
Easton was seen as a shifting-liberal town in the wake of the 2019 municipality election. In the First Selectman election, Democrat David Bindelglass won, defeating Republican Wendy Bowditch. It was an upset, as Easton is known to be a solid-Republican stronghold.
Easton has three schools: Samuel Staples Elementary school, for children in grades from kindergarten to 5th grade, Helen Keller Middle School, for children in grades 6 through 8, and the private school Easton Country Day for children K–12 (formerly Phoenix Academy). High school students attend Joel Barlow High School in Redding.
Easton is served by multiple TV stations, notably WTNH, WFSB, WVIT, among many others. Easton is also served by New York City Metropolitan Area stations because the town is in that area. Easton also is in the radius of many radio stations. Most notably WSHU, WFOX, WEBE, and WEZN.
Easton has many local newspapers of its own, but most of them are not well documented, with almost no info on them online. Despite this, these newspapers are printed and physical.
The Easton Courier began production in 1978. It was a print newspaper, different than its successor in 2020. It stopped publication in 2018 due to a lack of advertisements.
The successor to the Easton Courier began work in 2018 after its closure. It began when Jim Castonguay, Director of the School of Communications, Media and the Arts at Sacred Heart University, reached out to former Easton Courier chief editor Nancy Doniger via LinkedIn, proposing the idea of a news publication created by students and faculty partnered up with the citizens of Easton. Local leaders embraced the idea after being presented with it. The newspaper began publication on February 29, 2020, as an online source with involvement from the town government. Since the newspaper is a nonprofit, it runs on donations from the public. An article asking for your donation remains continuously on the newspaper's website due to that fact. A new article about donations appeared on December 18, 2021, but it isn't continuously being featured.
Easton Volunteer Emergency Medical Service was established in 1946 and currently has two ambulances, a staff of three Chief officers, two career technicians and 29 volunteers.
Easton is protected by eight paid firefighters of the Easton Fire Department (EFD) and the volunteer firefighters of the Easton Volunteer Fire Company # 1. Founded in 1921, EFD operates out of one fire station, and runs an apparatus fleet of three engines, one attack engine, one haz-mat unit, one brush unit, and one command vehicle. The Easton Fire Department responds to over 500 emergency calls annually. In 2015, the fire department responded to 539 incidents.
The Easton Police Department includes a K9 unit, D.A.R.E, and an animal control unit. The Easton Police Explorer Post 2001 is an affiliated with the department. Easton Police are also first responders for all EMS calls in town. They are all certified EMR's or EMT's and can provide oxygen, perform basic first aid, and defibrillation.
The Route 59 bridge in Easton, which carries more than 10,000 cars and trucks every day over the Mill River, has a substructure rated in critical condition by state safety inspectors. In 2007, the bridge was one of 12 in the southwestern part of the state with "critical" safety inspection ratings.
In 2019, construction was conducted on a South Park Avenue bridge over Mill River which ended in the summer of 2020. In May 2021, construction on another bridge on South Park Avenue began which ended in December of the same year.
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Currently there are more than 20 active firefighters serving in the Fire Company. [...] There are currently eight career firefighters who are on staff with the Easton Fire Department. The firehouse is staffed by a rotating crew of two firefighters working a 24 hour shift. This provides staffing in the Fire House 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Many times during the workweek, due to Easton being a bedroom community, the "on-duty" firefighters are at times, the only ones responding to calls. In addition to their other duties, the career firefighters perform the crucial task of maintaining the Town's firefighting equipment.
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