Our Town

Our Town
History
First settled by Puritans, Granby (then known as Salmon Brook) has a rich and early history dating all the way back to the late 17th century. Some of the first families given land grants in the area included the families of Nathaniel Holcomb, Nicholas Gossard, George Hayes, and James Hillyer, some of whose homesteads can still be seen standing today.

Granby became a town, independent of Simsbury, when it incorporated in 1786. Predominantly a rural, agricultural community in the beginning, the quiet culture of the first settlers remains in today's suburban essence of the town.

Hartford, which is Connecticut's state capital and insurance industry hub, is located just 13 miles from Granby, and makes Granby home to many commuters who work in the city. Despite the efforts of some residents in the 19th century to industrialize the town, Granby has remained fairly untouched by excessive commercialization. This has allowed the local economy to grow and flourish under the influence of small businesses with great entrepreneurial spirit. Visitors and residents alike can appreciate even some of the facets of Granby's history today, including the Frederick H. Cossitt Library, the Granby Center Historic District, the Holcomb house, and the Hayes house.

For more information on Granby's history, visit the town's website or the Wikipedia pagededicated to the town.

Geography
According to the USPS, Granby is located at 41.966062°N, 72.796407°W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 40.8 square miles (105.7 km2), of which, 40.7 square miles (105.4 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km2) of it (0.32%) is water. The town center (Salmon Brook CDP) has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.7 km2), all land. The highest point in Granby is 1,150 feet (350 m) at an unnamed hill in the western section of the McLean Game Refuge.

Demographics
As of the census[5] of 2011, there were 11,364 people and 4,229 households residing in the town. The population density was 279 people per square mile (107.5/km2). There were 4,247 housing units at an average density of 104.1/sq mi (40.2/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.29% White, 1.08% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.96% Asian-Pacific, 1.5% from other races or from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.9% of the population. (Does not add up to 100%)

In the town the population was spread out with 24.9% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 49, 18.5% from 49 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 97.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $101,790. About 1.5% of the population were below the poverty line.

Education
Granby's public school system consists of one primary school, two intermediate schools, one middle school, and one high school. Link to Granby Public Schools

A large number of school aged children attend one of the numerous private and boarding schools close to Granby, CT such as:

Ethel Walker High School (Simsbury, CT)
The Montessori School (Simsbury, CT)
Northwest Catholic School (West Hartford, CT)
Avon Old Farm's Preparatory (Avon, CT)
Miss Porter's (Farmington, CT)
Watkinson School (Hartford, CT)
Westminster School (Simsbury, CT)
Suffield Academy (Suffield, CT)
Renbrook School (West Hartford, CT)
The Loomis Chaffee School (Windsor, CT)
Talcott Mountain Academy (Avon, CT)

Notable Residents
Joe Bouchard (b. 1948), musician, member of Blue Oyster Cult
Jesse Camp (b. 1979), MTV VJ
Aaron Draper Shattuck (1832 - 1928), painter of the White Mountain School
Chauncey Forward (1793 - 1839), U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania
Philip C. Hayes (1833 - 1916) U.S. Representative from Illinois
Byron Kilbourn (1801 - 1870), surveyor and politician
Rebecca Lobo (b. 1973), former Women's National Basketball Association player
Garrett Lucash (b. 1978), figure skater
William M. Maltbie (1880 - 1961), Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court

Organizations
Granby PTO
Salmon Brook Historical Society
Farmington Valley Visitors Association
Granby Newcomers Club
Granby Horse Council

Other Links
Granby Public Library
Granby Weather | Wunderground
The Valley Book
Granby Statistics
Granby Town Calendars

Granby Statistics

CT Economic Resource Center Town Profile

Population: 11,285
Land Area (square miles): 41
Average Household Income: $93,316
Median Household Income: $79,857
Home Sale Prices
Average Single-family: $363,200
Median Single-family: $262,800
Average Condominium: $255,200
2004-05 Mill Rate: 33.41 (1 mill = 1/1000 of a dollar)
Zip Code: 06035, 06060 (North Granby), 06090 (West Granby)

Total Students: 2,201
Expense Per Student: $9,024
Percent of Students in Public Schools: 92.1
Student/Teacher Ratio: 14.9
Percent to Higher Education: 77.9
CM (CT Mastery Test)
Percent meeting state goal
Grade 4 6 8
Reading 78.9 73.9 84.8
Writing 82.1 70.7 72.5
Math 86.7 77.2 79.8
CAPT
Grade 10
Reading 79.7
Writing 80.3
Math 72.4
Science 80.6
AVERAGE SAT SCORES
Math 531 Verbal: 537

Statistic Sources: CT State Dept. of Ed., CT. Dept of Economic and Community Development, ERC, U.S. Census


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