Located on the Willimantic River, Stafford Springs is a somewhat hilly town, though it does not have the steep hills of some towns closer to the Connecticut River valley’s center. The town has a fairly compact center but is otherwise relatively straggling and spread out, with much of its area occupied by forested hills. There are still some farms in the area, harking back to the town’s highly agricultural past, but the majority of the land is currently wooded.
Staffordville Lake, found to the northeast of the town, is the largest body of water in the immediate area. This lake has a small but highly popular public beach. The Stafford Motor Speedway is by far Stafford Springs’ most famous feature, however. This half mile oval track is paved and is included in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. It lies on the west side of town and is a magnet for tens of thousands of NASCAR enthusiasts annually, when the sound of racing motors and the smell of exhaust hangs heavy in the air.
There are a total of five public schools in the Stafford Springs township, three of which are elementary, one of which is middle, and one high. As might be expected from a town with this small a population, there are no colleges or universities here, however. All of the schools are noted for excellence.
The three elementary schools are Stafford Elementary, West Stafford Elementary, and Staffordville Elementary. Stafford High School has an intense emphasis on physical sports, which may or may not be an advantage depending on parents’ wishes for their children’s education. There is also a parochial school named Saint Edwards, which provides education more at the elementary end.
Stafford Springs’ economic activity was more dramatic in the past than it is today, with the town serving as a major foundry for cannonballs during the American Civil War. Currently, rather than being dedicated to creating more injuries and deaths, the town’s industry is centered on healing the harm that life inflicts, bringing new life into the world, and staving off mortality to the best of modern medicine’s ability.
The town includes two major medical centers which offer employment to many of its inhabitants, as well as a cutting edge birthing center where mothers can bear their infants and both mother and child can receive care for some time after the happy event. There are many health care professionals in the town, and there is a major veterinary clinic located in it as well.
The three most numerous races in Stafford Springs are whites – who compose 96.9% of the population; Asians, who are 0.91% of the town’s inhabitants; and African-Americans, who account for 0.64% of those who dwell here. The median household income is $69,300, with an 8.2% unemployment rate and some 5.5% of the population scraping by below the poverty line.
Marriage and family statistics are moderate to low; with 4,353 households in the town, there are a bit more than 56% of these that are made up of married couples. Around 35% of households include one or more dependent children under the age of 18. The ratio of sexes is nearly equal.
Location within State
Stafford Springs is found in the top center of Tolland County, along the northern border of Connecticut where it abuts on Massachusetts. This county is located in the northeast quadrant of the state. Springfield is the closest major city to Stafford Springs, with the state capital of Hartford lying almost twice as far away to the southwest.
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