Newington is one of the southern suburbs of Hartford, Connecticut, and is bounded by administrative boundaries rather than natural ones. The whole of the township is developed, with only a few dwindling slivers of woodland interrupting the grids of streets and dense rows of houses along them. Nevertheless, it is a clean, attractive town that retains a lot of New England charm despite its proximity to the capital city. Neat, tree-shaded clapboard houses stand beside more modern business structures.
Route 5, also known as the Berlin Turnpike, slices through the eastern portion of the town. The Northwood Shopping Plaza Shopping Center serves as an unofficial hub for the area, and there is a hospital in the town as well. Two of the largest open areas are the Indian Hill Golf Course and Mill Pond Park, the latter of which is the site of Mill Pond Falls, a sixteen foot tall waterfall which is the nation’s most diminutive. There is also senior housing here.
The educational needs of Newington, Connecticut are served by seven public schools, arranged in the usual pyramidal fashion by age. At the base are four schools – Ruth Chaffee Elementary, John Paterson Elementary, Anna Reynolds Elementary, and Elizabeth Green Elementary. The center of the educational pyramid are two middle schools, named for John Wallace and Martin Kellogg. The summit is Newington High School, which is the last step on the road to universities in Hartford.
There are also two parochial schools, St. Mary’s and Emmanuel Christian Academy, for those who wish to pursue that educational route.
The Northwood Shopping Plaza is one source of employment and retail activitiy in Newington, while the Cedarcrest Hospital is another fruitful font of jobs and money for the town. There is literally no farming or forestry left; the town is completely divorced from its rural roots.
Retail and office work are the main source of employment in the township, accounting for around one third of the working adults to be found within Newington’s borders. Many people, however, work in Hartford, East Hartford, or West Hartford, and use Newington as a bedroom community outside the noise, stink, and crime of the main city area.
Whites are the main race to be found in Newington, with 92.48% of the population; Asians are second, with 2.81%, and African-Americans are third, with 2.08%. The median household income is a moderately high $70,899, with 6.7% unemployment among working age adults and a poverty rate of 3.5%, mostly among the young and the old.
The number of households in the township amounts to 12,014, including 55% which are made up of a married couple living together. 28% of all households are inhabited by children under 18 years of age. 42 years is the median age of the town’s residents.
Location within State
The town of Newington is immediately adjacent to the south edge of Hartford and is only a few minutes drive – or walk – distant from the city. The town is a small one located in south central Hartford County, and is surrounded by other suburbs, including West Hartford, Farmington, New Britain, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield.
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