Marlborough stands in gently rolling hills surrounding Lake Terramuggus, a body of water which is slightly more than half a mile long and which is perhaps the town’s most distinctive natural feature. Route 2 passes through the eastern part of town, providing ready access to other, larger towns where modern amenities are to be found, while retaining neat rural New England charm. The trees come right down to the shores of Lake Terramuggus on several sides, giving the scene an especially rustic and beautiful look, particularly in the autumn.
The town’s houses are strung out along a series of residential roads, with a small but highly developed downtown area south of the lake. This area includes fast food restaurants, the elementary school, and various official buildings rubbing shoulders with retail establishments. Marlborough Commons Shopping Center lies close by, just across Route 2 to the northeast, indicating the probably future direction of additional development.
Marlborough is part of a larger school district, known as RHAM, which stands for Regional Hebron, Andover, and Marlborough, because the population of these individual towns is too low to support a separate school on their own. Students begin their public education at Marlborough Elementary School, then move on to RHAM Middle School in Hebron, Connecticut, and finally to RHAM High School, also located in Hebron. There are no colleges in Marlborough.
A mix of suburban and rural occupancy, Marlborough is chiefly a bedroom community of Hartford, though one standing at a considerable distance from the state’s capital. The drive is not excessively long, but this relative isolation has kept the town’s character more peaceful and New England-like than the heavily urbanized towns nearer to Hartford, such as Wethersfield and Rocky Hill.
Despite the town’s natural surroundings, farming is nonexistent, and retail and professional occupations make up the bulk of local economic activity. Health care, insurance agent’s offices, a handful of restaurants, and some retail shops are the most numerous establishments.
Marlborough’s population is made up of 97.51% whites, 0.77% African-Americans, and 0.7% Asians. Strongly indicating how the town is a highly professional bedroom community for Hartford, the median income for the town’s households is an affluent $102,118 per year. Just 2.2% of the residents have incomes below the poverty line, though unemployment is currently 7.7%.
The 2,299 households that make up the town are mostly composed of married couples, with close to 70% being two people joined by matrimony. The median age is 42 years, yet despite this almost 41% of the households in town have one or more minor children living in them.
Location within State
Marlborough is a small township in the extreme southeastern corner of Hartford County, built next to Route 2 and Lake Terramuggus. The town is far enough south and east to count as being located in the northwestern corner of the state’s southeast quadrant.
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