- Killingly, Connecticut
official_name = Killingly, Connecticut
settlement_type = Town
pushpin_map_caption =Location within the state of Connecticut
subdivision_name = Danielson
subdivision_type1 = Region
subdivision_name1 = Northeastern Connecticut
established_title = Incorporated
established_date = 1708
leader_title = Town manager
leader_name = Bruce Benway
leader_title1 = Council chairman
leader_name1 = Robert B. Young
area_total_km2 = 129.5
area_land_km2 = 125.7
area_water_km2 = 3.8
area_total_sq_mi = 50.0
population_as_of = 2005
population_total = 17386
population_footnotes = [ [http://www.census.gov/popest/cities/files/SUB-EST2005_9.csv U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates] ]
population_density_km2 = 138
population_density_sq_mi = 358
timezone = Eastern
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = Eastern
utc_offset_DST = -4
area_land_sq_mi = 48.5
area_water_sq_mi = 1.5
elevation_m = 137
elevation_ft = 449
latd = 41 |latm = 49 |lats = 53 |latNS = N
longd = 71 |longm = 51 |longs = 01 |longEW = W
postal_code_type = ZIP code
postal_code = 06239, 06241, 06243
website = http://www.killinglyct.gov/
area_code = 860
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 09-40500
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 0213447
Killingly is a town in Windham County,
Connecticut, United States. The population was 16,472 at the 2000 census. It consists of the borough of Danielson and the villages of Attawaugan, Ballouville, Dayville, East Killingly, Rogers, and South Killingly.
The town's name can easily be confused with another Connecticut town, Killingworth.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 50.0 square miles (129.5 km²), of which, 48.5 square miles (125.7 km²) of it is land and 1.5 square miles (3.8 km²) of it (2.94%) is water.
On the National Register of Historic Places
* Broad Street-Davis Park Historic District — Roughly along Broad Street, from Dorrance Street to Winter Street (added 1998)
* Daniel's Village Archeological Site (added
April 30, 1978)
* Danielson Main Street Historic District — Main Street from Water Street to Spring Street (added
May 8, 1992)
* Dayville Historic District — Main and Pleasant Streets (added
September 25, 1988)
* Elliottville Lower Mill — Peep Toad Road (added
May 15, 1982)
* Old Killingly High School — 185 Broad Street (added
April 26, 1992)
* Quinebaug Mill-Quebec Square Historic District — Roughly bounded by
Quinebaug River, Quebec Square, Elm and South Main Streets (added September 29, 1985)
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 16,472 people, 6,359 households, and 4,279 families residing in the town. The population densitywas 339.5 people per square mile (131.1/km²). There were 6,909 housing units at an average density of 142.4/sq mi (55.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.73% White, 1.40% African American, 0.51% Native American, 1.59% Asian, 0.77% from other races, and 2.00% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.25% of the population.
There were 6,359 households out of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.2% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.7% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% 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 3.02.
In the town the population was spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 96.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.8 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $41,087, and the median income for a family was $46,645. Males had a median income of $35,367 versus $24,600 for females. The
per capita incomefor the town was $19,779. About 6.2% of families and 8.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.9% of those under age 18 and 10.4% of those age 65 or over.
Notable people, past and present
Mary Dixon Kies(1752-1837), the first woman in the United States to receive a patent (in 1809, for a method of weaving straw with silk or thread). Kies was born and lived in South Killingly, an unincorporated village in the Town of Killingly.
Francis Alexander, (1800-1881), born in Killingly, was a portrait paintercite book | title = Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896 | publisher = Marquis Who's Who | date = 1967]
William Torrey Harris(1835-1909), a philosopher who introduced reindeer to Alaska, educator (and later U.S. Commissioner of Education) who introduced the first permanent kindergarten, and lexicographer who introduced the "divided page" into dictionaries (the 1909 edition of Webster's New International Dictionary). He was born in North Killingly. He also founded the first philosophical journal in the country.
Sidney P. Marland, Jr.(1914-1992), U.S. Commissioner of Education from 1970 to 1972 and then the first Assistant Secretary of Education in the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare from 1972 to 1973, under President Nixon. Marland was born in Danielson, a borough of the Town of Killingly. Killingly may be the only town in the nation to be the birthplace of two U.S. Commissioners of Education.
Charles Tiffany(1812-1902) born in town, owner of Tiffany and Company (and father of the more famous Louis Comfort Tiffany, a designer)
Ebenezer Young(1783-1851) was a United States Representativefrom Connecticut.
* [http://www.killingly.org/Home/ Town government Web site]
* [http://www.tourism.state.ct.us/tourism_regions/default.asp?region=mysticcountry Mystic Country: The Eastern Regional Tourism District]
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