Sharon is a town in Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States, in the northwest corner of the state. At the time of the 2020 census, the town had a total population of 2,680.[1] The town is part of the Northwest Hills Planning Region. The ZIP code for Sharon is 06069. The urban center of the town is the Sharon census-designated place, with a population of 729 at the 2010 census.[2]

Sharon, Connecticut
Town of Sharon
Hotchkiss Memorial Library
Hotchkiss Memorial Library
Sharon's location within Litchfield County and Connecticut
Coordinates: 41°52′N 73°27′W / 41.867°N 73.450°W / 41.867; -73.450
Country United States
U.S. state Connecticut
RegionNorthwest Hills
Named forSharon plain
 • TypeSelectman-town meeting
 • First selectmanBrent M. Colley (R)
 • SelectmanDale Jones (R)
 • SelectmanJessica K. Fowler (D)
 • Total59.6 sq mi (154.3 km2)
 • Land58.8 sq mi (152.2 km2)
 • Water0.8 sq mi (2.1 km2)
1,135 ft (346 m)
 • Total2,680
 • Density45/sq mi (17/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
Area code(s)860/959
FIPS code09-005-67960
GNIS feature ID213503

History edit

The first inhabitants of the area they called Poconnuck were the Mattabesec Native Americans. These were part of what became known as the Wappinger confederacy, which in turn belonged to the loose Algonquian confederacy.

Sharon was incorporated in 1739. It is named after the Plain of Sharon.[3]

Historic sites edit

Sharon has six sites listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places:

Geography edit

The town is bounded on the north by Salisbury, on the east across the Housatonic River by Cornwall, on the south by Kent, and on the west by Dutchess County, New York. Sharon is 42 miles (68 km) north of Danbury, 52 miles (84 km) west of Hartford, and 30 miles (48 km) northeast of Poughkeepsie, New York.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 59.6 square miles (154.3 km2), of which 58.8 square miles (152.2 km2) are land and 0.81 square miles (2.1 km2), or 1.33%, are water.[4] It is the 3rd largest town in Connecticut based on area. Sharon is part of the Northwest Highlands of Connecticut, a region in and around the watershed of the Housatonic River. The Appalachian Trail passes for a few miles through the east side of Sharon, near West Cornwall and U.S. Route 7. Housatonic Meadows State Park is in the eastern part of the town, next to the Housatonic River.

Principal communities edit

Demographics edit

Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 2,968 people, 1,246 households, and 775 families residing in the town. The population density was 50.6 inhabitants per square mile (19.5/km2). There were 1,617 housing units at an average density of 27.5 per square mile (10.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.87% White, 0.94% African American, 0.57% Asian, 0.44% Native American, 0% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.95% of the population.

There were 1,246 households, of which 25.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.9% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.8% were non-families. 31.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.2% 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 2.87.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 21.3% under the age of 18, 4.2% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 29.1% from 45 to 64, and 21.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.2 males.

The median household income was $53,000, and the median family income for a family was $71,458. Males had a median income of $42,841 versus $31,375 for females. The per capita income for the town was $45,418. About 3.9% of families and 7.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.4% of those under the age of 18 and none of those 65 and older.

Education edit

Sharon is a member of Regional School District 01, which also includes the towns of Canaan, Cornwall, Kent, North Canaan, and Salisbury. Public school students attend Sharon Center School from grades K–8 and Housatonic Valley Regional High School from grades 9–12.

Transportation edit

The town is served by state highways 4, 41, 343, and 361. Route 4 has its western terminus in Sharon and leads southeast 8 miles (13 km) to Cornwall Bridge and ultimately east 47 miles (76 km) to West Hartford. Route 41 leads north 8 miles (13 km) to Salisbury and southwest 4 miles (6 km) to the New York state line, Route 343 leads west and becomes New York State Route 343, leading 5 miles (8 km) to Amenia, New York, and Route 361 leads towards Millerton, New York, 6 miles (10 km) north of Sharon.

Notable people edit

Sharon Hospital, the birthplace of several persons who were not residents edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Census - Geography Profile: Sharon town, Litchfield County, Connecticut". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 21, 2021.
  2. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001), Sharon CDP, Connecticut". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  3. ^ The Connecticut Magazine: An Illustrated Monthly. Connecticut Magazine Company. 1903. p. 334.
  4. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001), Sharon town, Litchfield County, Connecticut". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  7. ^ "Actress Yancy Butler arrested for DUI". USA Today. March 15, 2007[dead link]
  8. ^ Epworth, Marsden. "Inspired by a Millerton Landscape," TriCorner News, May 17, 2017. Retrieved February 7, 2019.

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