The geography of Farmington is quite interesting, and includes quite a bit of picturesque landscape. In the west, the Farmington River flow through the township, making a large bend towards the west. The densely suburban downtown area of Farmington is found close to the water, though it has the beautiful New England architecture, mix of lawns and trees, neat houses, Georgian style public buildings, white church steeples, and other details which give Connecticut its distinctive flavor.
Eastward, the terrain becomes quite hilly, and rises to the tall Metacomet Ridge, which includes a large number of high hills, trees, a beautiful hiking trail which extends for fifty-one miles, and a large amount of basaltic formations. This ancient volcanic rock forms cliffs and spires in the area of Rattlesnake Mountain, Pinnacle Rock, and Farmington Mountain, all of which are popular among technical climbers.
Farmington is a mix of farms and pastures as well as extensive forests. It is a highly picturesque town and the residents are seeking to keep it that way by carefully controlling development – for example, avoiding replacing old farms with strip malls or fast food restaurants. There is one mall in town – Westfarms Mall, which includes a variety of upscale stores.
Students in Farmington are served by seven public schools. There are four elementary schools, including Noah Wallace School, East Farms School, Union School, and West District School. Students then move on to a cutting edge facility at West Woods Upper Elementary School before proceeding to Irvin A. Robbins Middle School, and, ultimately, Farmington High School.
Farmington is an economically robust town thanks to the presence of the University of Connecticut Health Center, and excellent medical facility with the area’s only full emergency services. This institution employs no less than 5,000 people – equal to 1/5 of the town’s entire population, and an even larger percentage of working adults (with children and retirees counted out).
Additionally, the town houses a manufacturing company named TRUMPF, Inc., which is an extremely important manufacturer of industrial lasers and other fabrication machinery. The town is struggling to maintain a balance between its New England charm and beauty and the modernization that the local businesses are bringing, but there is no doubt there is plenty of employment in Farmington, as well opportunity to start small businesses supporting the existing industries.
White is the most common race in Farmington, with people of this racial background making up 92.91% of the population, while Asian people are 3.72% of the residents and African-Americans are 1.55%. The median household income is $81,858 per year, which is at the upper end of average for the state, while 4.5% of the town’s inhabitants live in poverty and 6.4% are unemployed.
61% of the households in the town include a married couple, and 32% include children. The median age is 43, making the average resident a bit older than is typical for the state. The cost of living in the town is about 17% higher than that in the United States as a whole.
Location within State
Farmington is located to the southwest of Hartford and is one of the city’s suburbs. Its center is built on the southeast bank of the Farmington River, which forms a large bend here as it turns briefly west out of its generally north to south course. Interstate 84 passes along the eastern edge of the town, while Route 4 cuts through its midst.
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