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Coventry is a town located in Tolland County, Connecticut. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 11,504. The birthplace of Capt. Nathan Hale, Coventry is home to the Nathan Hale Homestead, which is now a museum open to the public.
Coventry was incorporated in May, 1712.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 11,504 people, 4,261 households, and 3,191 families residing in the town. The population density is 117.8/km² (305.0/mi²). There are 4,486 housing units at an average density of 45.9/km² (118.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 96.95% White, 0.57% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.61% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 1.21% from two or more races. 1.72% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 4,261 households out of which 37.4% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.0% are married couples living together, 7.2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 25.1% are non-families. 18.6% of all households are made up of individuals and 6.1% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.69 and the average family size is 3.09.
In the town the population is spread out with 27.1% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 33.7% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 8.5% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 37 years. For every 100 females there are 102.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 100.8 males.
The median income for a household in the town is $64,680, and the median income for a family is $72,674. Males have a median income of $48,164 versus $36,514 for females. The per capita income for the town is $27,143. 3.7% of the population and 2.0% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 2.9% of those under the age of 18 and 3.8% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
Geographically speaking, Coventry is divided by a choke-point into two areas: North Coventry and South Coventry. The residents of the town, most especially those in high school are clearly divided and classified as being from either North or South Coventry. Residents from either area will never admit to the other part being better, so it would be wise not to claim such in opposite areas.
Coventry has two centers. The first one is at a 2 way intersection, where there are two plaza areas. The first one contains a large "Highland Park" market. One can buy most any types of common foodstuffs here, as well as freshly baked bread in the morning. This plaza also contains a package store, a coffee shop, a movie rental, and a bank. The second plaza also has a bank, as well as a CVS and a Dunkin' Doughnuts.
Further down the road the CVS is nearest to is a dangerous intersection at the top of a hill, proceed with caution.
- Coventry Lake (also known as wanumbaug lake) is a fairly large lake with multiple beaches. The lake tends to be on the dirtier side, dead fish on the shore every once in a while, as well as water-weed and other pieces of trash. It would be advisable not to swim here during the summer. Occasionally during the winter months the lake will freeze over and the residents on the lake will ice fish or skate around on the ice. This event is rare, however.
Snow can be extremely dangerous or debilitating during the winter months, as most roads other than the major routes are ploughed later on. It would be wise to have a vehicle that is good in the snow if you're planning on living/staying at coventry during the winter months.
Once or twice a year is an event entitled 'Coventryfest' that occurs in the southern regions of coventry on the lake. Most agree this festival is overrated and better for younger kids than older.
- Coventry, CT - official website
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