Geographically speaking, Bloomfield is a sharply outlined town, with the Metacomet Ridge along its western boundary (including Talcott Hill, a famous local “mountain”) preventing further expansion in that direction. The ridge is a beautiful, natural area with a hiking trail. This is the site of Penwood State Park, a popular destination in the township. The Farmington River flows along the north edge of the town, and then turns south again, passing through the dramatic, cliff-sided Tariffville Gorge.
The main part of the town is heavily developed, with The Center of Bloomfield Shopping Center at its hub. There are still a few farms, as well as fragmentary belts and groves of woods, but much of the town is taken up with roads lined with houses or other suburban constructions. Route 218, also known as Cottage Grove Road, pass through the town and is its main transportation artery.
The town of Bloomfield has mostly public education available – there are no private schools of note here. There are four elementary schools, a single middle school, and three high schools, which is itself a somewhat unusual arrangement. The elementary schools include J.P. Vincent School, Metacomet School, Laurel School, and the Metropolitan Learning Center, which also includes a high school section.
The middle school for the town is Carmen Arace Middle School, while the high schools are the aforementioned Metropolitan Learning Center, plus Big Picture High School and Bloomfield High School.
Very few farms, and scant manufacturing, remain in Bloomfield today. As the north suburb of Hartford, it is inhabited by many people who work in the state capital. Service and retail are the main occupational paths open to those who live in this town, with professional jobs present but lower than other towns in Connecticut.
Bloomfield is a mainly African-American township, with a full 54% of the population belonging to this race. Whites account for exactly 40% of the town’s population, and Asians, as the third largest group, are 1.69% of the inhabitants. The median household income is $62,857, which is still above the United States average, though lower than many towns in the Nutmeg State. Unemployment is 9.3%, while 7.6% of the population lives in poverty.
Out of the 7,902 households which comprise the town, 46% consist of married couples, though only 24% of the homes contain minors. The median age is 44, and women outnumber men by almost 25%, an astonishingly high figure.
Location within State
Bloomfield is a very well defined town thanks to the fact that on two sides there are major natural features, and that on the third is the urban area of Hartford. Bloomfield is a north central town in Connecticut, bounded on the west by the Metacomet Ridge, on the north by the bend of the Farmington River which also forms the south edge of East Granby, and on the south by Hartford and West Hartford. The eastern flank, bordered by the town of Windsor, is the one with the least obvious boundary.
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