Built in the Farmington River valley and close to the Metacomet Ridge and Talcott Mountain, Simsbury includes some fairly rugged terrain by Connecticut standards. Much of the town, however, is beautiful, gently rolling New England countryside, with crisp white houses, open fields, and deciduous woodland. The outskirts of the town still house some farms, while the center is subject to heavy suburban development but still retains its Nutmeg State charm for all its modernity.
Several landmarks and features delimit the boundaries of the town. The Metacomet Ridge, with its hiking trail, trees, and basalt cliffs, rises on the east, sharply defining Simsbury’s limits in that direction. The meandering Farmington River flows close to this geological formation’s base. Simsbury Airport is found towards the northern margin of the town, while Avon abuts it on the south. Simsbury is home to the Pinchot Sycamore, a 95-foot tree which is Connecticut’s largest and may be three centuries old.
Simsbury is home to a large array of schools, offering a veritable educational smorgasbord up to the time when a youthful resident is ready to leave for the universities in West Hartford or Hartford proper. Both private and public institutions are to be found among Simsbury’s schools.
Public schools for the elementary through middle grades include Homebound School, Latimer Lane School, Squadron Line School, Central School, Tootin’ Hills School, Tarriffville School, and Henry James Memorial School. Students who opt for the public choice, whether through desire or necessity, then move on to Simsbury High School to complete their education.
Simsbury also hosts two private primary and middle schools, the Cobb School Montessori and St. Mary’s School. There are no less than three high quality private high schools in the town – The Master’s School, Ethel Walker School, and Westminster School.
The great majority of those of working age who dwell within the confines of Simsbury work in the retail, service, or professional sectors. Manufacturing is practically nonexistent, though there are still a few working farms in the town, unlike Avon to the south, where farming is extinct. With the town located so close to Hartford, this is obviously one of the larger job markets in the area, though commuting there is somewhat complicated by the Metacomet Ridge and lack of major local highways.
The town of Simsbury is mostly white, with that race making up 95.3% of the population. As is typical for Connecticut, Asians are the next most numerous race at 2.12%, with African-Americans trailing at 1.17%. Median household income figures are somewhat conflicting, but a solid middle ground seems to be achieved with the figure of $99,257. Unemployment is 6.2% and 2.2% of the population lives in poverty.
Though the median age is 40, there is considerable family life in the town of Simsbury, with 69% of the households (of which there are 8,527) being made up of married couples, while there are dependent children in 41% of the area’s homes.
Location within State
Simsbury, Connecticut stands just one town south of the Massachusetts border, a little west of center on the state’s east-west axis. It borders on the Hartford suburb of Avon, and is bounded on the east by Metacomet Ridge, the same formation which houses West Hartford’s reservoirs. It is in Connecticut’s northwest quadrant.
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