|— Town —|
|Region||Central Naugatuck Valley|
|• Type||Selectman-town meeting|
|• First selectman||Gerald D. Stomski|
|• Total||36.7 sq mi (95.1 km2)|
|• Land||36.5 sq mi (94.4 km2)|
|• Water||0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)|
|Elevation||243 ft (74 m)|
|• Density||267/sq mi (103/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0213540|
Woodbury is a town in Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 9,198 at the 2000 census. The town center is also designated by the U.S. Census Bureau as a census-designated place (CDP). Woodbury was founded in 1672.
The center of Woodbury is distinctive because, unlike many New England towns, it is not nucleated. In Woodbury, the older buildings are arrayed in linear fashion along both sides of a road that stretches for over a mile. The public buildings in the National Register Historic District include the First Congregational Church (1818,) the Old Town Hall (1846,) the United Methodist Church, the St. Paul's Episcopal Church (1785,) and the North Congregational Church (1816.) The most notable of the public buildings, however, is the Masonic Temple (1839.) It is a modest, clapboard, Greek Revival Temple, notable less for its architecture than for its dramatic location, situated atop a high cliff accessed by a long flight of steps (there is a modern road at the rear.) It is visible from a distance and is especially dramatic at night, when it is illuminated by spotlights. The Woodbury Temple echoes the many temples of the Greek world that were perched at the edge of high places from which they could be seen from miles around and from far out at sea.
Originally, the many historic houses on the street were residential. In the late twentieth century they were occupied by a series of antique shops.
Geography[edit | edit source]
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.7 square miles (95.1 km²), of which, 36.5 square miles (94.5 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²) of it (0.74%) is water. The CDP has a total area of 1.9 square miles (5.0 km²), all land.
Principal communities[edit | edit source]
- North Woodbury
- Woodbury center
Demographics[edit | edit source]
As of the census of 2000, there were 9,198 people, 3,715 households, and 2,574 families residing in the town. The population density was 252.2 people per square mile (97.4/km²). There were 3,869 housing units at an average density of 106.1/sq mi (41.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.25% White, 0.53% African American, 0.22% Native American, 1.15% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.22% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.65% of the population.
There were 3,715 households out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.9% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.7% were non-families. 25.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.99.
In the town the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 29.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 95.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.8 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $68,322, and the median income for a family was $82,641. Males had a median income of $53,246 versus $35,298 for females. The per capita income for the town was $37,903. About 2.3% of families and 4.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.9% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.
CDP[edit | edit source]
As of the census of 2000, there were x people, 618 households, and 336 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 258.3/km² (668.8/sq mi). There were 644 housing units at an average density of 331.8/sq mi (128.2/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 98.07% White, 0.85% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.31% from other races, and 0.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.16% of the population.
There were 618 households out of which 25.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.9% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.5% were non-families. 39.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.82.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 20.6% under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 28.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 85.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.1 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $51,136, and the median income for a family was $65,227. Males had a median income of $50,625 versus $40,729 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $30,277. None of the families and 4.6% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 8.9% of those over 64.
School System[edit | edit source]
Woodbury is part of the Region 14 School District consisting of Nonnewaug High School, Woodbury Middle School, Bethlehem Elementary School, and Mitchell Elementary School.
Transportation[edit | edit source]
Notable people[edit | edit source]
Poet and critic Hayden Carruth grew up in the town. It was also the residence of surrealist painters Kay Sage and Yves Tanguy from 1946 until each one's death. The composer Leroy Anderson also lived in Woodbury on Grassy Hill Road from 1953 until he died in 1975, his wife Eleanor Anderson still lives in Woodbury today. Jazz guitarist Joe Beck also lived in Woodbury until his death in 2008. Musician and Movie Director Rob Zombie also recently moved to the town in January 2009 and resides in a residence off Route 317. Henry Shelton Sanford (1823–1891), was born in Woodbury. He was an American Diplomat, and the founder of Sanford, Florida. Reverend Alexander Hamilton was the rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
References[edit | edit source]
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- Official town government Web site
- Pomperaug Health District serves Woodbury and two other towns.
- Northwest Connecticut Arts Council
- Northwest Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau
- Northwestern Connecticut Community College in Winsted
- Tribury Chamber of Commerce
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