Ellington possesses a mix of fairly level terrain, rolling land, and hills ascending from the Connecticut River valley. This formerly rural town is currently subject to swift suburban development, which is rapidly altering the appearance and land use of much of the township’s area. Ellington has several noteworthy natural features, however, and offers more outdoor activities than the purely urban areas closer to Hartford and East Hartford.
Much of the development is at the junction of Ellington’s two main roads, Main Street (also known as Frog Hollow Road) and Maple Street. Beyond this area there are still large tracts of farmland interspersed with “tame” woodland. Crystal Lake, a popular summer recreation spot which even features sand beaches, is found at the town’s southeast corner, while the rocky, tree-clad hills of the Shenipsit State Forest lie at the eastern fringe of Ellington, offering pleasant hiking trails.
There are five schools within the boundaries of the town, a group that consists of three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. There is no collegiate level education in the township. The elementary schools are Center School, Crystal Lake School, and Windermere School. Longview Middle School and Ellington High School round out public education in the town.
The town is in the process of being transformed into a bedroom community for people working in Hartford and East Hartford, which explains its high median income. Most of the local economic activity is in the service and retail sectors, though chain stores are beginning to jostle out locally owned businesses through the process of undercutting.
Agriculture and forestry remain somewhat stronger here than in towns closer to the state capital, however. The town is noted for producing a noticeable portion of Connecticut’s agricultural output, as well as some timber from Shenipsit. Ellington, interestingly, hosts a flight training school and a helicopter piloting school at its small airport, as well featuring regular recreational parachuting on the weekends.
Ellington is 96.23% white, while the next largest racial groups are 1.29% Asian and 0.99% African-American. The median income for the town is no less than $80,245 as of June 2010, while 3.6% of those dwelling within its boundaries have incomes below the poverty line. The unemployment rate is 6.4%, which, while fairly robust, is below that of the United States as a whole by a fair margin.
There are 5,195 households in Ellington, of which slightly more than 57% are married couples, while 32.5% include children under 18 years of age. Close to 27% of the people in the town live alone. The median age for the town is 37 years, which seems about typical for Connecticut.
Location within State
Ellington is located in Tolland County in the northeast quadrant of the state of Connecticut, close to the state’s northern border. A number of rugged terrain features define it on the east, including Shenipsit Lake, Crystal Lake, the Shenipsit State Forest, and the Willimantic River. The town is found at the western fringe of Tolland County, which gives it better access to the larger towns and cities that it currently serves as a bedroom community for.
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