Vernon, Connecticut

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Vernon, Connecticut

Introduction to Vernon, Connecticut

Vernon, Connecticut, in Tolland county, is 3 miles NE of Manchester, Connecticut and 81 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is in the Hartford area. There are 28,063 residents in Vernon.

Vernon History

Early settlers built several mills along the Tankerhoosen and Hockanum rivers, and the initial industries of the area revolved around textile manufacturing. Vernon was incorporated as a town in 1808. It is said to have been named after George Washington's home at Mount Vernon, Virginia. In July 1965, Vernon was consolidated with the city of Rockville, which had been incorporated in January, 1889.

Vernon and nearby Attractions

  • Historical Society Museum
  • New England Civil War Museum
  • Talcott Mountain State Park
  • Hicks-Stearns Museum
  • Valley Falls Park
  • Ellington Ridge Country Club

Things To Do In Vernon

Vernon offers a well-rounded lifestyle with beautiful lakes and parks, vast trails, historic buildings and homes. Whether you love to spend time indoors or outdoors, you will definitely find something of interest in Vernon. The parks in the area offer a full range of facilities for both kids and adults.

Vernon Transportation

Bradley International is the nearest major airport.

Vernon Higher Education

Higher studies can be pursued at the University Of Connecticut, Trinity College, Manchester Community College and Springfield Technical Community College.

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High Points

Vernon strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Connecticut):

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Low Property Crime
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Top 5% trophy Vernon Low Property Crime
Low Violent Crime
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Top 12% Vernon Low Violent Crime

Comparative Profile of Vernon, Connecticut

Comparing Vernon to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Connecticut (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Age of the Population 8 3
Female Share of the Population 8 9
Senior Citizens 7 6
Male Share of the Population 4 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 6
Racial Diversity 3 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 4 2
Average Household Size 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 6 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 10 8
Low Violent Crime 9 4

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Vernon Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles NE of Manchester, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 81 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Tolland
Metro Area Hartford
Standard Zip Codes 06066
Phone Area Codes 860
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.818
Longitude -72.48

Vernon Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 6.8 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 35 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 57 to 81 F
Oct Temp 35 to 62 F
Annual Precip 50.3 inches
Distance 10.6 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 36 F
Apr Temp 38 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 44.2 inches
Station STORRS
Distance 11.9 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 34 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 61 to 80 F
Oct Temp 41 to 61 F
Annual Precip 51.6 inches
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Vernon Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 28,063 100%
Male 13,420 47.8%
Female 14,643 52.2%
Under 18 6,205 22.1%
18+ 21,858 77.9%
65+ 3,906 13.9%
Median Age 37.7
Average Family Size 2.9
White 25,243 90%
African-American 1,120 4%
Asian 745 2.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 68 0.2%
Other 342 1.2%
Mixed Race 535 1.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,005 3.6%

Estimated Vernon Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 29,491
Growth 1,428
Growth % 5.1%

Vernon Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Irish 14.3%
Italian 13.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.1%
English 9.3%
French (except Basque) 9.1%
Polish 8.2%
German 7.8%
French Canadian 6.3%
US/American 4.7%
Scottish 1.8%
Scotch-Irish 1.4%
Swedish 1.1%
Portuguese 1.1%
Jamaican 0.9%
Russian 0.9%
Lithuanian 0.8%
European 0.7%
Canadian 0.6%
Greek 0.5%
Danish 0.5%
British 0.5%
Dutch 0.5%
Slovak 0.5%
Norwegian 0.4%
Swiss 0.4%
Welsh 0.3%
African 0.3%
Hungarian 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Finnish 0.2%
Syrian 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Slavic 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Vernon, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Talcottville (06066)
Turnpike (06066)
Vernon Rockville (06066)
Vernon Rockvl (06066)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Vernon Public Libraries

Rockville Public Library, Inc.
Vernon, Connecticut
(860) 875-5892
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