The town of Rocky Hill stands on the west bank of the Connecticut River a few miles south of Hartford, and has terrain typical of the Connecticut River valley. A lot of the area is level or gently rolling, though there are hills in places. The river forms an interesting backdrop to the town and ensures some tourism among those drawn to the waterfront areas, whether for fishing, boating, or other activities.
Most of the town consists of a network of residential roads, with houses lining them at regular intervals. Enough trees have been left to make the town attractive and keep the sidewalks and yards shady during the heat of the summer, but there are no areas which could be described as woodland, or even as a grove. Interstate 91 snakes through the western portion of the town, and there are several shopping malls within a short distance of this artery.
Perhaps most famously, Rocky Hill is home to Dinosaur State Park, with its spectacular trove of fossilized dinosaur trackways preserved under a protective geodesic dome, as well as its striking dioramas of ancient (and frequently rather bizarre, though fascinating) lifeforms.
There are three public and one private elementary schools in Rocky Hill. The largest public school is West Hill Elementary, followed by Myrtle H. Stevens Elementary and Dr. Oran A. Moser Elementary. The private elementary school is Kindercare Learning Center #569. Later education is taken care of by Griswold Middle School. Rocky Hill High School rounds out the available selection.
Though farming is naturally completely absent from Rocky Hill – with the one or two remaining family farms being statistically insignificant – and manufacturing being rather weak, the town has more to offer by way of employment than many of the Hartford suburbs, and is not entirely a bedroom community. There is a certain amount of self-contained economic activity for residents to take advantage of, and the job markets of the large city just to the north if local work is unavailable.
Rocky Hill is 90% white at the moment, with the two most significant other races being Asians and African-Americans. These two races account for 3.97% and 3.42% of the population respectively. The median household income is a comfortable $73, 719, while unemployment stands at 6.8% and the poverty rate within the town’s borders is 2.9%.
The densely populated town includes 7,557 households, 49% of these centered around a married couple and 25% including at least one dependent child of under 18. The median age is 41, and the crime rate is a bit higher than the usual rural Connecticut town but lower than the United States average.
Location within State
Rocky Hill is located at the southern edge of Hartford County, almost at the center, and is immediately below the Hartford suburbs of Wethersfield and Newington. Interstate 91 passes directly through the town, towards the west side, while the Connecticut River flows through its eastern portions. This township stands almost precisely at the physical center of Connecticut itself.
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