Windsor is a heavily suburban, somewhat urbanized town, though there are large tracts of woodland and even farms within its borders. There is some hilly terrain in Windsor, as well as riverside flatlands, since the town fringes on the Connecticut River in the east. The town is studded with a large number of parks, which help to break up the scene and create open, living spaces for the residents of the area to enjoy. The town features a large number of residential streets laid out in a grid pattern.
Interstate 91 runs through the midst of Windsor from north to south, allowing easy access to Hartford as well as making Windsor itself accessible to tourists who come to see its Colonial era buildings. On the river side, farms front on part of the river, while the only river crossings are south in Hartford or north in Windsor Locks.
Windsor has a large selection of both public and private schools. There are seven public schools in the town, including one public kindergarten, Roger Wolcott Early Childhood Center. Clover Street Elementary School, John F. Kennedy Elementary School, Poquonock Elementary School, and Oliver Ellsworth Elementary School attend to the learning needs of first through fifth graders.
Sage Park Middle School is the town’s principal middle school, and from there, students move on to Windsor High School. There are also three private schools whose curriculum varies from including grades from kindergarten through seventh grade, to kindergarten through twelfth grade. These private schools are Praise, Power, Prayer Christian School (the most comprehensive); Trinity Christian School; and Saint Gabriel’s School.
Finally, the town houses Branford Hall Career Institute and Baran Institute of Technology, to prove trade schooling in the higher education sphere.
Naturally, with its location right next to Hartford on the north side, Windsor is home to many people who commute into the city to work in the various industries there. There is a massive array of services and retail stores in the town, with everything from grocery stores to martial arts parlors being represented. Most people work either in retail or in professional roles.
There is still a fair amount of small scale manufacturing going on in Windsor, however, making factory jobs account for somewhat less than 10% of the adult workforce. Aerospace and electrical components are among the local manufactures, as are appliances, bricks, and circuit boards. What little is left of the once massive Connecticut tobacco farming industry is largely concentrated in the Windsor area, as well, although a few other towns still contain working tobacco farms.
Windsor has a robust population of African-American residents, who make up 27.09% of the total inhabitants. Whites account for 65.12%, while Asians are the third most numerous group at 3.14%, far behind the other two races. The median annual household income is a very solid $78,971, while unemployment stands at 8.4% and the poverty rate is 3.7%.
Out of 10,870 households in the town, 58% consist of married couples. Children under 18 are present in 32.8% of Windsor homes. The median age is almost 42 years, while the cost of living is about 10% higher than the United States average.
Location within State
Windsor stands somewhat north of center in Hartford County, which is itself the north central county in the state of Connecticut. The town is sandwiched between Interstate 91 and the Connecticut River. It is located on the west bank of the river, at a place where the watercourse is fairly wide and is choked with sandbars. Windsor Locks forms its north border, while the south edge of town abuts on Hartford.
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