Town of Easton
|• Type||Selectman-town meeting|
|• First selectman||David Bindelglass (D)|
|• Selectman||Kristi Sogofsky (R)|
|• Selectman||Robert Lessler (D)|
|• Total||28.6 sq mi (74.1 km2)|
|• Land||27.4 sq mi (71.0 km2)|
|• Water||1.2 sq mi (3.1 km2)|
|Elevation||301 ft (92 m)|
|• Density||261.9/sq mi (101.1/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (Eastern)|
|GNIS feature ID||206880|
Easton is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut United States. The population was 7,490 at the 2010 census. Easton contains the historic district of Aspetuck and the Plattsville census-designated place.
Easton was first settled in 1757 by men and women from Fairfield. In 1762 a congregation called the North Fairfield Society was established, and it gradually evolved into Easton. In 1787 Weston, then including lands now defined as Easton, was incorporated out of Fairfield. The area was slow to develop because of the rough hills along the Aspetuck River, and so it was not until 1845 that what is now Easton separated from Weston. Today, half of the town's property is owned by the Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut, the major supplier of water in the area.
The deaf and blind activist Helen Keller lived the last several years of her life in Easton. Her house is still intact today and has been owned by several families since her death. The local middle school is named for her.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 28.6 square miles (74 km2), of which, 27.4 square miles (71 km2) of it is land and 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2) of it (4.2%) is water.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 7,490 people, 2,465 households, and 2,077 families residing in the town. The population density was 265.2 people per square mile (102.4/km2). There were 2,511 housing units at an average density of 91.6 per square mile (35.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.74% White, 0.22% African American, 0.04% Native American, 2.02% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.41% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.76% of the population.
Of the 2,465 households, 42.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 75.8% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.7% were non-families. 12.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.23 individuals.
In the town, the population was spread out, with 21.7% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 37% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.3 males. The sex ratio is 94.3 males per 100 females.
The median income for a household in the town was $132,000, and the median income for a family was $155,227. Males had a median income of $101,636 versus $83,333 for females. The per capita income for the town was $59,546. About 2.2% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.4% of those under age 18 and 2.6% of those age 65 or over.
Arts and culture
Historically, Easton has been a reliably Republican stronghold. However, in 2016, town residents voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton with a plurality. In 2020, Joe Biden improved upon the Democratic margin in the town.
|2020||55.29% 2,777||43.36% 2,178||1.35% 68|
|2016||48.67% 2,203||47.08% 2,131||4.24% 192|
|2012||43.16% 1,841||55.79% 2,380||1.05% 45|
|2008||49.47% 2,238||49.93% 2,259||0.60% 27|
|2004||44.34% 2,002||54.53% 2,462||1.13% 51|
|2000||42.76% 1,783||52.18% 2,176||5.06% 211|
|1996||38.86% 1,475||50.16% 1,904||10.99% 417|
|1992||30.85% 1,232||47.80% 1,909||21.36% 853|
|1988||29.94% 1,106||68.65% 2,536||1.41% 52|
|1984||24.83% 895||74.79% 2,696||0.39% 14|
|1980||23.91% 821||64.11% 2,201||11.97% 411|
|1976||29.38% 921||69.92% 2,192||0.70% 22|
|1972||23.77% 681||74.24% 2,127||1.99% 57|
|1968||27.05% 655||68.07% 1,648||4.87% 118|
|1964||38.09% 801||61.91% 1,302||0.00% 0|
|1960||24.39% 466||75.61% 1,445||0.00% 0|
|1956||14.79% 251||85.21% 1,446||0.00% 0|
|1952||17.87% 262||76.74% 1,125||5.39% 79|
|Voter registration and party enrollment as of November 5, 2018|
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2019 municipality election
Easton was seen as a shifting-liberal town in the wake of the 2019 municipality election. In the First Selectman election, Democrat David Bindelglass won, defeating Republican Wendy Bowditch. It was an upset, as Easton is known to be a solid-Republican stronghold.
Easton has three schools: Samuel Staples Elementary school, for children in grades from kindergarten to 5th grade, Helen Keller Middle School, for children in grades 6 through 8, and the private school Easton Country Day for children K-12 (formerly Phoenix Academy). High school students attend Joel Barlow High School in Redding.
Emergency medical services
Easton Volunteer Emergency Medical Service was established in 1946 and currently has two ambulances, a staff of three Chief officers, two career technicians and 29 volunteers.
Easton is protected eight paid firefighters of the Easton Fire Department (EFD) and the volunteer firefighters of the Easton Volunteer Fire Company # 1. Founded in 1921, EFD operates out of one fire station, and runs an apparatus fleet of three engines, one attack engine, one haz-mat unit, one brush unit, and one command vehicle. The Easton Fire Department responds to over 500 emergency calls annually. In 2015, the fire department responded to 539 incidents.
The Easton Police Department includes a K9 unit, D.A.R.E and an animal control unit. The Easton Police Explorer Post 2001 is an affiliated with the department. Easton Police are also first responders for all EMS calls in town. They are all certified EMR's or EMT's and can provide oxygen, perform basic first aid, and defibrillation.
The Route 59 bridge in Easton, which carries more than 10,000 cars and trucks every day over the Mill River, has a substructure rated in critical condition by state safety inspectors. In 2007, the bridge was one of 12 in the southwestern part of the state with "critical" safety inspection ratings.
In 2019, construction was conducted on a South Park Avenue bridge over Mill River which ended in the summer of 2020. In 2021, construction on another bridge on South Park Avenue began.
- Anne Baxter, actress.
- Phoebe Brand, blacklisted actress
- Elise Broach, children's book author
- Morris Carnovsky, actor
- Hume Cronyn, actor
- Debrah Farentino, actress and journalist
- Edna Ferber, playwright and novelist
- Eileen Fulton, TV actress
- Helen Keller, blind and deaf author, the town middle school is named in her honor.
- James Prosek, painter and author
- Dan Rather, CBS News anchor
- Igor Sikorsky, aircraft designer
- Jessica Tandy, actress
- Ida M. Tarbell, "muckraker" known for helping to break up the Standard Oil monopoly"
- Johnny Winter, blues guitarist
- 1807 Weston meteorite. Fell in portion of Weston which is now modern-day Easton
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Currently there are more than 20 active firefighters serving in the Fire Company. [...] There are currently eight career firefighters who are on staff with the Easton Fire Department. The firehouse is staffed by a rotating crew of two firefighters working a 24 hour shift. This provides staffing in the Fire House 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Many times during the workweek, due to Easton being a bedroom community, the "on-duty" firefighters are at times, the only ones responding to calls. In addition to their other duties, the career firefighters perform the crucial task of maintaining the Town’s firefighting equipment.
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