There are many attractive, New England style houses in Willington, Connecticut, a small community mostly located south of Interstate 84. This arterial highway connects the area both to Boston and to Hartford. The town itself is fairly spread out along winding roads, with much of the area heavily forested, though there are some farms as well, especially in the east. Route 74, also called the Tolland Turnpike, runs through the midst of the township.
The areas are covered in rolling hills, with some higher hills, and a scattering of large ponds or small lakes. Some parts of the area are fairly rugged, while others are more gentle, but all of it is picturesque and evokes the moods of old New England before the modern age. Due to this, it is a popular tourism destination, which helps to stimulate the local economy and keep its businesses – particularly the hotels and restaurants – operating.
Given its small size, it unsurprising that Willington has few schools. Elementary education is provided at Center Elementary School. Hall Memorial School handles the next level of teaching, and E. O. Smith High School in Storrs provides the last step of education before college.
Economic activity in Willington consists almost totally of services (such as auto repair, janitorial services, and the like) or retail sales. There is no manufacturing in the town other than perhaps a craftsman or woodworker here and there, and, for the most part, people commute elsewhere for work.
As might be expected from a small town in the rural regions of Connecticut, 94.06% of the town’s inhabitants are white. 3.06% are Asian, due to the state’s diversity relocation programs, and 0.97% are African-American. Though the median household income of $65,819 is lower than some areas of Connecticut, unemployment is exceptionally low at 5.9%, though poverty is common at 13.3% of the local population.
With 2.353 households in the town, 52.3% of these are composed of married couples, while only 29% have dependent children living in them. The median age for the town is a youthful 34 years. The cost of living in Willington is 14.7% higher than the United States average.
Location within State
Willington is a township located at the center of Tolland County’s east border, almost at the center of Connecticut’s northeast quadrant. Interstate 84 traverses the town diagonally, giving access both to Boston to the north and Hartford to the west. The town is fairly small, and lies mainly on the south side of Interstate 84.