Located just to the east of the Connecticut River – with one of the main local bridges slightly to the north at Windsor Locks, and another to the west near Blue Hills – South Windsor is located in fairly level terrain by Connecticut standards, and is the expected mix of neat New England houses, fields and tame woodlands, and a scattering of streams and ponds. The highest hill in the immediate area is the “sledding hill” in the South Windsor Wildlife Sanctuary, which is climbed in the summer by those who want a wide prospect over the gently rolling terrain surrounding them.
South Windsor is bounded by the Connecticut River on the west side, while East Hartford and Central Manchester border it on the south. Routes 84 and 291 lie along the southern edge of the town’s area as well, which is also where the Buckland Hills Mall Shopping Center is to be found. Old Main Street is found near the river as well, and features America’s oldest post office and other historic buildings.
Education is furnished by no less than five elementary schools, a remarkable number for a town with less than thirty thousand individuals dwelling in it. These are Orchard Hill, Eli Terry, Pleasant Valley, Philip R. Smith, and Wapping Elementary. Timothy Edwards Middle School is the institution which takes over as children outgrow the elementary schools, though there is an option to attend a magnet school in East Hartford as well.
South Windsor High School offers the highest level of education available in the town, with students typically moving on to University of Connecticut branches in Hartford after earning their high school diploma in the home town.
The modern era’s replacement of traditional agriculture and manufacturing is quite apparent in the economic makeup of South Windsor. The town is now mostly reliant on retail stores, office space, and senior citizen housing complexes as the manufacturing and tobacco farming of an earlier era vanish before the forces of globalization.
The three main racial groups found in South Windsor are white (91.5%), African-American (2.95%) and Asian (3.71%). The town is quite affluent, with a median income of close to $74,000 per household, and with only about 1.8% of the population within South Windsor’s boundaries living below the poverty line.
Roughly two thirds of the 9,000 households found in South Windsor are made up of married couples, while close to 40% of the households in the town included children under college age. The median age is 39 years despite the considerable number of retirees and senior citizens living at the town’s senior complexes.
Location within State
South Windsor is located almost exactly halfway between the east and west borders of the state, and is a few miles north of Connecticut’s physical center. It is just to the northwest of the state capital of Hartford, on the east bank of the Connecticut River, which explains its shipbuilding past. Route 84, one of the state’s major highways, runs along its southern fringe and provides ready access to Hartford as well as to Massachusetts and New York State.
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