The Tower on Fox Hill in Henry Park
|Motto(s): The Crossroads for Opportunity|
Location within Tolland County, Connecticut
|• Total||18.1 sq mi (46.9 km2)|
|• Land||17.7 sq mi (45.8 km2)|
|• Water||0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)|
|Elevation||390 ft (119 m)|
|• Density||1,649/sq mi (637/km2)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0213520|
Vernon was incorporated in October 1808, from Bolton. Vernon was named after George Washington's Mount Vernon estate. Vernon contains the former city of Rockville, incorporated in January 1889. The Town of Vernon and city of Rockville consolidated as a town on July 1, 1965. Vernon also contains the smaller villages of Talcottville and Dobsonville.
The New England Civil War Museum is located here.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 18.1 square miles (47 km2), of which 17.7 square miles (46 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) (1.88%) is water.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
At the 2000 census, there were 28,063 people, 12,269 households and 7,275 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,582.8 per square mile (611.1/km²). There were 12,867 housing units at an average density of 725.7 per square mile (280.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 89.95% White, 3.99% African American, 0.24% Native American, 2.65% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.22% from other races, and 1.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.58% of the population.
There were 12,269 households of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.7% were non-families. Of all households 33.0% were made up of individuals and 10.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.90.
22.1% of the population were under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 32.4% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.1 males.
The median household income was $47,816 and the median family income was $59,599. Males had a median income of $43,620 compared with $31,515 for females. The per capita income for the town was $25,150. About 4.1% of families and 5.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.9% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.
- Lake Street School
- Maple Street School
- Northeast School
- Center Road School
- Skinner Road School
Middle and secondary schools
- Vernon Center Middle School
- Rockville High School
- Lucille Barkley, film actress in the 1940s and 1950s, died in Vernon.
- Joe Courtney, current U.S. congressman from Connecticut's 2nd congressional district.
- George L. Graziadio, Jr., business and property developer born in Vernon.
- Marie Herbst, politician and former mayor of Vernon.
- Ross A. Hull, radio engineer, lived and died in Vernon.
- Martin Kellogg, former president of the University of California, was born in Vernon.
- Dwight Marcy, politician and attorney in Vernon.
- Jason L. McCoy, politician and former mayor of Vernon.
- Jim Penders, head coach of the Connecticut Huskies baseball team, was born in Vernon.
- M. William Phelps, investigative journalist and crime writer, lives in Vernon.
- Gene Pitney, a singer now in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, grew up in Rockville, from which he took his stage name: "The Rockville Rocket."
- Charles Ethan Porter (c. 1847-1923), an African-American still-life painter, lived in the Rockville neighborhood as a child.
- Bill Romanowski was born in Vernon; he is a former professional American football player and four-time Super Bowl champion.
- Christian Sharps, inventor of the Sharps rifle, spent the final years of his life farming in Vernon.
- Mark Warner, former Governor of Virginia and current U.S. Senator, was raised in Vernon.
- U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates
- The Connecticut Magazine: An Illustrated Monthly. Connecticut Magazine Company. 1903. p. 335.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31.