Simsbury lies in the northern end of the Farmington Valley. The east side of Simsbury is flanked by Talcott Mountain, part of the Metacomet Ridge, a mountainous traprock ridgeline that stretches from Long Island Sound to nearly the Vermont border. Notable features of the Metacomet Ridge in Simsbury include Heublein Tower, Talcott Mountain State Park, Penwood State Park, and the Tariffville Gorge of the Farmington River. The Metacomet Trail traverses the ridge. At the western foot of the mountain, near the Farmington River, grow the Pynchot Sycamores, two massive specimens of near champion tree status.
There were 8,527 households out of which 41.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.1% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.7% were non-families. 19.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.12.
In the town the population was spread out with 29.5% under the age of 18, 3.6% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 26.6% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.3 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $82,996, and the median income for a family was $97,008. Males had a median income of $70,519 versus $42,136 for females. The per capita income for the town was $39,710. About 1.0% of families and 2.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.6% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.
The Ethel Walker School, The Master's School and Westminster School are private schools both located in Simsbury. The International Skating Center of Connecticut is also located in Simsbury.
Three of the four state parks in Hartford County: Penwood State Park, Stratton Brook State Park, and Talcott Mountain State Park are located in Simsbury.
The first unauthorized coins minted in the American colonies, and the first in Connecticut, were struck by Dr. Samual Higley from copper mined from his own mine. This all took place in North Simsbury, now called Granby after those traitors seceded from the rest of the town.
Law enforcement is provided by the Simsbury Police Department. The Department has a sworn strength of 35 police officers and several civilian employees. There are two divisions within the department: Patrol Division and Administrative Division, each headed by a Captain. Some units within the Department include Community Services, Detective Unit, and Training and Professional Standards Unit. The town 911 dispatch center is located at the Police Department. It is responsible for dispatching police and EMS, as well as coordinating with other local police departments, town highway/public works, and the fire department.
Fire protection is provided by the Simsbury Volunteer Fire Company. The Fire Company has 6 stations located throughout the town and a dispatch center housed at the Main Station. Volunteer firefighters are dispatched via pagers for emergency calls. The Company has several engines, two aerial trucks, two heavy rescues, and a special command vehicle.
Emergency medical services is provided by the Simsbury Volunteer Ambulance Association. The Association has a primary ambulance staffed twenty-four hours a day by volunteer EMTs. There is a back-up ambulance which can be staffed by off-duty EMTs for calls when the primary ambulance is out. The Association also has a paramedic response vehicle that is staffed twenty-four seven by career paramedics. The organization has a career strength of seven paramedics and a volunteer EMT staff of 36. The total call volume of the Association is approximately 1,500 per year.
The Simsbury Public Library serves more than 800 residents daily and offers many programs and services including homebound delivery, public computers, a museum pass program, a Business Resource Center, and 24/7 reference assistance. The library can trace its history back to 1872 as the Town’s Social and Literary Club. In 1890 the town built a library as part of the Town’s center and it operated until the present library was constructed nearby in 1985. Ground breaking ceremonies for a renovated and expanded library were held in early May 2007. In the year ending June 30, 2006, the library maintained a collection of 163,000 print, audio, and video items, offered the contents of 40 databases, circulated 436,000 items, answered 57,000 requests for information, and offered 756 programs to the various constituencies that the Library serves. In the last five years, the Simsbury Public Library has ranked among the top five of Connecticut’s Public Libraries according to Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings In 2002, it ranked among the top 100 in the country (out of 9,000).
• Simsbury High School (Students: 1,457; Location: 34 FARMS VILLAGE RD.; Grades: 09 - 12) Private high schools in Simsbury:
• Westminster School (Students: 353; Location: 995 HOPMEADOW STREET; Grades: 9 - 12)
• Ethel Walker School (Students: 185; Location: 230 BUSHY HILL ROAD; Grades: 7 - 12; Girls only)
• The Master's School (Students: 400; Location: WESTLEDGE ROAD; Grades PK - 12)
Public primary/middle schools in Simsbury:
• Central School (Students: 479; Location: 29 MASSACO ST.; Grades: PK - 06)
• Latimer Lane School (Students: 623; Location: 33 MOUNTAIN VIEW RD.; Grades: 01 - 06)
• Squadron Line School (Students: 849; Location: 44 SQUADRON LINE RD.; Grades: KG - 06) • Tariffville School (Students: 280; Location: 42 WINTHROP ST.; Grades: 01 - 06)
• Tootin' Hills School (Students: 537; Location: 25 NIMROD RD.; Grades: KG - 06)
• Henry James Memorial School (Students: 798; Location: 155 FIRETOWN RD.; Grades: 07 - 08)
• Homebound (Location: 933 HOPMEADOW STREET; Grades: PK - 12)
Private primary/middle schools in Simsbury:
• St. Mary School (Students: 264; Location: 946 HOPMEADOW STREET; Grades: KG - 8)
• The Cobb School Montessori (Students: 145; Location: 112 SAND HILL RD; Grades: PK - 5)
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