Watertown, Connecticut
Town of Watertown
Munson Memorial Park
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Official seal of Watertown, Connecticut
Watertown's location within Litchfield County and Connecticut
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Coordinates: 41°36′53″N 73°07′59″W / 41.61472°N 73.13306°W / 41.61472; -73.13306
Country United States
U.S. state Connecticut
CountyLitchfield
RegionNaugatuck Valley
Incorporated1780
Government
 • TypeCouncil-manager
 • Town managerMark A Raimo
 • Town council
  • Johnathan Ramsay, Chm. (R)
  • Mary Ann Rosa, Vice Chm. (R)
  • Ken Demirs (R)
  • Robert Desena (R)
  • Anthony DiBona (R)
  • Robert Retallick (R)
  • Gary Lafferty (I)
  • Denise Russ (D)
  • Rachel Ryan (D)
 • Board of Education Commissioners
  • Leslie Crotty, Chm. (R)
  • Tom Lambert, Vice Chm. (R)
  • Janelle Wilk, Sec. (R)
  • Robert Makowski (R)
  • Victor Vicenzi, Jr. (R)
  • Cathie Rinaldi (R)
  • Josephine Cavallo-Rosa (D)
  • James C. Gambardella (D)
  • Cheryl Albino (D)
Area
 • Total29.5 sq mi (76.4 km2)
 • Land29.0 sq mi (75.1 km2)
 • Water0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)
Elevation
583 ft (178 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total22,105
 • Density762/sq mi (294.3/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP Codes
06779, 06795
Area code(s)860/959
FIPS code09-80490
GNIS feature ID0213527
Websitewww.watertownct.org

Watertown is a town in Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States. The town is part of the Naugatuck Valley Planning Region. The population was 22,105 at the 2020 census.[1] The ZIP Codes for Watertown are 06795 (for most of the town) and 06779 (for the Oakville section). It is a suburb of Waterbury. The urban center of the town is the Watertown census-designated place, with a population of 3,938 at the 2020 census.[2]

History

Watertown, before colonization, belonged to the Paugasuck Indians.[3] In that time, the colony was called "Mattatock", though it had several variations in spelling through the years.[4] Colonization of the area today called Watertown began in 1684 when Thomas Judd and other proprietors bought the land as a group.[3] The land where Watertown is now located, having originally belonged to Mattatock, officially changed its name to Watterbury (now Waterbury) by record on March 20, 1695, by consensus of a council.

In 1729, the Garnsey family settled in an area of Watterbury, now called Guernseytown.[3] The oldest house in Watertown today was built in 1735 on Main Street.[3] A poet from the Revolutionary War, John Trumbull, was born here in 1750.[3]

With a population of 338, the First Ecclesiastical Society of Westbury was formed.[3] The Town of Watertown was officially established in 1780 when Westbury separated from Watterbury.[5]

Some years later, in 1893, The Taft School was established in Watertown and has been there ever since.[3]

Geography

Watertown is in southeastern Litchfield County and is bordered to the southeast by the city of Waterbury in New Haven County. Other bordering towns are Middlebury to the south, Woodbury and Bethlehem to the west, Morris to the northwest, and Thomaston to the east. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. The elevation at the town center is 583 feet (178 m).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 29.5 square miles (76.4 km2), of which 29.0 square miles (75.1 km2) are land and 0.50 square miles (1.3 km2), or 1.72%, are water.[6] Oakville, which is often mistaken for a separate town, is in the southeast part of Watertown. Although Oakville has its own post office and ZIP code, it does not have a charter or town government of its own. Oakville receives all of its town services (police, fire, water and so on) from Watertown.

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.Note
18201,439
18501,533
18601,5873.5%
18701,6987.0%
18801,89711.7%
18902,32322.5%
19003,10033.4%
19103,85024.2%
19206,05057.1%
19308,19235.4%
19408,7877.3%
195010,69921.8%
196014,83738.7%
197018,61025.4%
198019,4894.7%
199020,4565.0%
200021,6615.9%
201022,5143.9%
202022,105−1.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

See also: List of Connecticut locations by per capita income

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 21,661 people, 8,046 households, and 5,994 families residing in the town. The population density was 743.0 inhabitants per square mile (286.9/km2). There were 8,298 housing units at an average density of 284.6 per square mile (109.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.46% White, 0.75% African American, 0.12% Native American, 1.27% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.48% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.87% of the population.

There were 8,046 households, out of which 34.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.7% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.5% were non-families. 21.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 24.8% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $59,420, and the median income for a family was $68,761. Males had a median income of $47,097 versus $31,822 for females. The per capita income for the town was $26,044. About 1.1% of families and 2.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.8% of those under age 18 and 3.7% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

The Route 8 expressway runs through the eastern edge of town, with two exits inside the town. Route 8 leads north 14 miles (23 km) to Torrington and south through Waterbury 34 miles (55 km) to Bridgeport. The main routes through the center of Watertown are U.S. Route 6 running east–west and Connecticut Route 63 running north–south. Route 6 leads northeast 30 miles (48 km) to Hartford, the state capital, and southwest 30 miles (48 km) to Danbury, while Route 63 leads north 10 miles (16 km) to Litchfield and south the same distance to Naugatuck. Other important highways include Route 73 (a more direct route leading through Oakville to Waterbury) and Route 262, which runs north from Oakville through the eastern part of Watertown.

Public transportation is provided by buses of Northeast Transportation Company.

Local media

Schools

The Watertown Public School District has a total of 2,579 students enrolled in its 5 schools according to Niche.[10] Out of these 5 schools, there is 1 preschool, John Trumbull Primary School, and 2 elementary schools, the Judson and Polk Elementary Schools.[10] After coming from these schools, children go to Swift Middle School and then to Watertown High School.[10] The high school has a graduation rate of 91%.[10]

Watertown also is the home to a private boarding school, The Taft School. The school provides boarding and day education for grades 9-12 and has been nestled in Watertown since 1908.[11]

Notable places

"The 1812 Oak" in Watertown

Notable people

References

  1. ^ "Census - Geography Profile: Watertown town, Litchfield County, Connecticut". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  2. ^ "Census - Geography Profile: Watertown CDP, Connecticut". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Watertown, CT". www.watertownct.org. Retrieved November 27, 2023.
  4. ^ "Waterbury, Connecticut". JosFamilyHistory.com. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  5. ^ "Watertown, CT - Brief History of Watertown CT". www.WatertownCT.org. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  6. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001), Watertown town, Litchfield County, Connecticut". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved October 17, 2019.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  9. ^ "Macaroni Kid". Southbury.MacaroniKid.com. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  10. ^ a b c d "Watertown School District - Connecticut". Niche. Retrieved November 27, 2023.
  11. ^ "Our History - Taft School". www.taftschool.org. Retrieved November 27, 2023.