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Welcome to Stonington


The town of Stonington, Connecticut is located in New London County in the state's southeastern corner.  It includes the borough of Stonington, the villages of Pawcatuck, Lords Point, Masons Island and the eastern halves of Mystic and Old Mystic (the other halves being in the town of Groton).

History

The first European colonists established a trading hosuse in the Pawcatuck section of town in 1649.  The present territory of Stonington was part of lands that belonged to the Pequots who referred to the areas making up Stonington as "Pawcatuck" (Stony Brook to Pawcatuck River) and "Mistack" (Mystic River to Stony Brook).  It was named "Souther Towne" or Southerton by Massachusettes in 1658, and officially became part of Connecticut in 1662 when Connecticut received its royal charter.  Southerton was renamed Mistick in 1665 and again renamed Stonington in 1666. 

The Stonington Harbor Light was the first lighthouse established by the U.S. Federal Government in 1823.  In the 19th century Stonington supported a small fishing, whaling and sailing fleet with some direct trade with the West Indies, enough volume for it to be named a Port Entry in 1842.

The Groton and Stonington Street Railway was a trolley line that was created in 1904 to serve the Stonington area.  The trolley was dismantled and replaced by busses in 1928.

In recent decades Stonington has experienced a large influx of new home owners using historic Borough houses as second homes. 


Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 50 square miles of which 38.7 of it is land and 11.4 square miles of it is water.

In the waters off Stonington the states of New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island come together in a single point.


Climate

TWC - Average Weather for Stonington, CT

 
Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 17,906 people, 7,665 households, and 4,897 families residing in the town. The population density was 462.8 people per square mile (178.7/km²). There were 8,591 housing units at an average density of 222.1 per square mile (85.7/km²).  The racial makeup of the town was 95.81% White, 0.63% Black or African American, 0.37% Native American, 1.26% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.46% from other races, and 1.42% from two or more races.  Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.30% of the population.

There were 7,665 households out of which 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.9% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.1% were non-families.  30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older.  The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the town the population was spread out with 21.7% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 27.0% from 45 to 64, and 17.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years.  For every 100 females there were 94.5 males.  For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $52,437, and the median income for a family was $63,431.  Males had a median income of $45,596 versus $32,069 for females. The per capita income for the town was $29,653. About 2.9% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.4% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.


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