Bolton is a small town located to the southwest of Interstate 384, on the outskirts of Manchester. The ground is mostly level or gently rolling, and the center of the town is surrounded by farms, with woodland farther from the main part of town. Both George Washington and General Rochambeau are believed to have visited Bolton, the latter camping on farmland near the current town. Today, a winding network of residential streets and roads traverses the township, though these are not laid densely as they are in more suburban areas.
The wooded Hop River State Park is found in the northern part of the town, near Route 6, which is also known as Hop River Road and the Willimantic Turnpike. The town has the clean, white houses, deciduous trees, neat fields and woods, and small watercourses and ponds that are so characteristic of the Connecticut countryside, despite the proximity of Manchester’s urbanized sprawl.
As is usual for a small town, Bolton does not have an overwhelming number of schools. Local educational establishments include Bolton Center School and Bolton High School. Those who graduate from Bolton High School usually go to one of the universities in Hartford or West Hartford if they wish to pursue their academic studies further.
In keeping with the modern era’s withering of American manufacturing, nothing is produced in Bolton. Instead, the local businesses consist of a range of services, retail stores, and professional offices, as well as restaurants and hotels. Most people commute between 15 minutes to half an hour to get to their workplace, with about 4% of the adult population working at home, and some 21% working in the town of Bolton itself rather than commuting to Manchester or another city for work.
Whites are the most common race in Bolton, making up 97.73% of the population. African-Americans make up 0.66% of the residents, while Asians come in at 0.48%, which comes to some 24 individuals. The median income of Bolton households is $86,423, with 6.3% unemployment. Living in this tiny town is quite expensive – the cost of living here is 26% higher than the United States average, with utilities accounting for much of this expense.
The town’s population is divided into 1,950 households, of which close to 66% are a married couple living together, with or without children. Children under the age of 18 years are found in around 35% of the town’s homes, with 80% of these living with both parents. The median age is 43 years old.
Location within State
Bolton stands at the western boundary of Tolland County, with Hartford County adjoining it on the west. Interstate 384 runs through the town, and is the main route into and out of Bolton. This highway turns into the Boston Turnpike, Route 44, a few miles to the northeast of Bolton’s central area.
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