is a town
in New London County
, United States
. The population was 18,546 at the 2000 census
The villages of Chesterfield, Mohegan, Oakdale and Uncasville are also incorporated as part of the Town of Montville.
Native American Tribal Nation has been a presence in this area of Connecticut
since the 16th
to 17th Century
. Their 700 acre (2.8 km²) reservation is located in the Village of Uncasville and although the reservation sits within the borders of the town of Montville they are considered to be a sovereign nation not subject to local or state laws. In addition to operating the Mohegan Sun
, a casino resort that opened in 1996, the tribe also provides educational programs about their nation's heritage and history.
Montville High School
Montville High School at 800 Old Colchester Road has long been a standing relic for the pride that Montville places in its school system and the children that attend it. As of the year of 2002, Thomas J. Amanti has taken role of principal of MHS. MHS proudly posts its mission statement: “Through intellectual, physical and creative challenges, Montville High School will provide opportunities for students to realize their full potential. In order to achieve this goal, students will acquire skills that foster critical and creative thinking, effective communication and responsible citizenship.”
Mohegan Sun Casino
is one of the largest casinos in the world and is located in Uncasville. The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut created the casino in 1996. With over 250,000 square feet, Mohegan Sun now features a luxury hotel, entertainment theater, and over 20 restaurants and stores. Mohegan Sun is one of Montville's primary economic locations, which led to a significant increase in job opportunities and population influx.
Mohegan Sun is also home to the Mohegan Sun Arena, which brings concerts and live sporting events to Uncasville. It is the home of the WNBA Connecticut Sun.
Inc., based in La Jolla
, operates an oil and natural gas-powered electricity generating plant in town, labeled one of the "Sooty Six" dirtiest power plants in the state by environmentalists. The plant was required to install pollution controls to comply with CT's 2002 power plant pollution law. In June 2006 the company proposed building a new type of coal-powered plant on the site for $1.6 billion.
In return for building the plant, the company demanded that the state guarantee NRG long-term contracts for buying the electricity it generates and pick NRG's proposal over other plans for building new power plants in the state. As of the time of NRG's proposal, only 18 plants in the world and two in North America use the Integrated Gasification Combined-Cycle technology the company suggested.
Contracts will be awarded by the DPUC in early 2007. The company said the new plant could open in 2012.
Notable people, past and present
- George Miller Beard (1839-1883) a neurologist who coined the term "neurasthenia" in 1869, was born in Montville.
- Sidney E. Frank (1919–2006) born in Montville, became a billionaire through his savvy promotion of Grey Goose vodka and Jägermeister.
- Ned Hanlon, member of the Baseball Hall of Fame
- James Hillhouse (1754–1832), born in Montville, was a real estate developer responsible for much of the look of New Haven. He was a congressman, U.S. Senator and, for many years, treasurer of Yale University.
- Samson Occom (1723–1792), Mohegan minister and preacher.
- Oliver Hillhouse Prince (1787–1837), who represented Georgia in the U.S. Senate for less than a year, was born in Montville.
On the National Register of Historic Places
- Bridge No. 1860 on Massapeag Side Rd. (Rt. 433) over Shantok Brook, Fort Shantok SP (added August 29, 1993)
- Fort Shantok (added April 20, 1986)
- Raymond-Bradford Homestead on Raymond Hill Rd. (added May 16, 1982)
- Uncasville School at 310 Norwich-New London Turnpike (added March 23, 2001)
According to the United States Census Bureau
, the town has a total area of 44.1 square miles
), of which, 42.0 square miles (108.8 km²) of it is land and 2.1 square miles (5.5 km²) of it (4.78%) is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 18,546 people, 6,426 households, and 4,678 families residing in the town. The population density
was 441.4 people per square mile (170.4/km²). There were 6,805 housing units at an average density of 162.0/sq mi (62.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 86.03% White
, 5.49% African American
, 1.46% Native American
, 1.89% Asian
, 0.04% Pacific Islander
, 2.23% from other races
, and 2.86% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 5.45% of the population.
There were 6,426 households out of which 34.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.6% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.2% were non-families. 21.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.05.
In the town the population was spread out with 23.6% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 34.2% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 117.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 119.7 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $55,086, and the median income for a family was $61,643. Males had a median income of $40,922 versus $30,206 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,357. About 3.1% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.3% of those under age 18 and 4.5% of those age 65 or over.
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