Wallingford is a town in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 45,135 at the 2010 census. The urban center of the town is the Wallingford Center census-designated place, with a population of 18,209 at the 2010 census. The community was named after Wallingford, in England.
Wallingford Town Hall
Location in New Haven County, Connecticut
|Coordinates: 41°27′23″N 72°48′15″W|
|Metropolitan area||New Haven|
|• Mayor||William W. Dickinson, Jr. (R)|
|• Town Council||Vincent Cervoni (R), Chair|
Craig C. Fishbein (R)
Thomas Laffin (R), Vice Chair
John LeTourneau (R)
Christine Mansfield (R)
Robert Parisi (R)
Larry Russo, Jr. (D)
John J. Sullivan (D)
Vincent F. Testa, Jr. (D)
|• Total||39.9 sq mi (103.3 km2)|
|• Land||39.0 sq mi (101.1 km2)|
|• Water||0.9 sq mi (2.2 km2)|
|Elevation||151 ft (46 m)|
|• Density||1,100/sq mi (440/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (Eastern)|
|GNIS feature ID||0213522|
The Connecticut General Assembly created the town on October 10, 1667. This original plot of land near the Quinnipiac River is now considered Main Street. Starting on May 12, 1670 there were 126 people who lived in temporary housing, and five years later in 1675 there were 40 permanent homes.
Wallingford has diversified its commercial and industrial base over the past decade attracting high-technology industries as compared to traditional heavy manufacturing. It is the home of a large variety of industries and major corporations spanning the spectrum of the medical, health care, service, high-tech specialty metal manufacturing and research development. The development of the Barnes Industrial Park, Casimir Pulaski Industrial Park, Wharton Brook Industrial Park, and the South Turnpike Road area have greatly contributed to this transition. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, the town's largest taxpayer, has established a research and development facility in Wallingford's MedWay Industrial Park. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Company moved out in 2017 and the structues were demolished in 2018. An Interchange Zone which permits very restrictive commercial development of office parks, research and development centers and hotels has been created at the intersection of Interstate 91 and Route 68.
In terms of Wallingford's manufacturing and design history, silver-producing companies like Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. and R. Wallace & Sons are of particular note. Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. as well as Wallingford's Watrous Manufacturing later became part of the International Silver Company, which was headquartered in the neighboring city of Meriden.
The town of Wallingford has both public and private education. The Wallingford Public School System consists of eight elementary schools: Cook Hill, E. C. Stevens, Highland, and Moses Y. Beach Elementary Schools covering Pre-K to second grade and Parker Farms, Pond Hill, Rock Hill, and Mary G. Fritz Elementary Schools covering grades three to five; two middle schools, Dag Hammarskjold and James H. Moran; and two high schools, Lyman Hall and Mark T. Sheehan. Wallingford has a private sector of schools offering the following: Choate Rosemary Hall, Heritage Baptist Academy, and Holy Trinity School.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 39.9 square miles (103.3 km²), of which 39.0 square miles (101.1 km²) is land and 0.9 square miles (2.2 km²), or 2.16%, is water.
The town of Wallingford sits astride the Quinnipiac River in northern New Haven County. It is 5 miles (8 km) south of Meriden and about 13 miles (21 km) north of New Haven. Towns bordering Wallingford are Cheshire, Durham, Hamden, Meriden, Middlefield, North Branford and North Haven. Situated in the Hartford-New Haven-Springfield corridor, Wallingford is traversed by U.S. Route 5, Interstate 91, and State Highways Route 15 (Wilbur Cross Parkway), Route 68, Route 71 and Route 150.
- East Wallingford
- Quinnipiac (partly in North Haven)
- Wallingford Center
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 43,026 people, 16,697 households, and 11,587 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,102.7 people per square mile (425.7/km²). There were 17,306 housing units at an average density of 443.5 per square mile (171.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.77% White, 1.02% African American, 0.17% Native American, 1.75% Asian, 1.16% from other races, and 1.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.52% of the population.
There were 16,697 households out of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.3% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.6% were non-families. Of all households 25.6% were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.07. The median household income in Wallingford is $91,317. The median family income is $101,239. The per capita income in Wallingford is $40,903.
In the town, the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.7 males.
- Alice Blaski, outfielder in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
- Stephen R. Bradley, United States Senator
- Bates Cooke, US Congressman
- D.J. Cotrona, actor
- Beverly Donofrio, author
- Morton Downey, singer, businessman
- Morton Downey, Jr. (1932–2001), talk show host
- Lauren Geremia, interior designer
- Hostage Calm, Punk band
- Dorothy Kosinski, art scholar
- Raoul Lufbery, World War I flying ace
- John A. McGuire, member of the United States House of Representatives
- Art Nugent, cartoonist, creator of Uncle Art's Funland
- Jay Allen Sanford, author and cartoonist
Points of interest
National Register of Historic Places
Ten buildings and districts in Wallingford are listed on the National Register of Historic Places:
- John Barker House, added August 3, 1974
- Joseph Blakeslee House, added April 13, 1998
- Center Street Cemetery, added August 1, 1997
- Franklin Johnson House, added November 23, 1998
- Theophilus Jones House, added January 30, 1992
- Nehemiah Royce House, added August 24, 1998
- Samuel Parsons House, added April 12, 1982
- Samuel Simpson House, added June 18, 1986
- Wallingford Center Historic District, added December 2, 1993
- Wallingford railroad station, added November 19, 1993
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