Prospect, Connecticut

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Prospect is a town in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 8,707 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 14.5 square miles (37.7 km²), of which, 14.3 square miles (37.1 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²) of it (1.58%) is water. Neighboring towns are Waterbury to the north, Cheshire to the east, Bethany to the south, and Naugatuck to the west.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 8,707 people, 3,020 households, and 2,455 families residing in the town. The population density was 608.1 people per square mile (234.8/km²). There were 3,094 housing units at an average density of 216.1/sq mi (83.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.31% White, 1.42% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.72% Asian, 0.72% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.93% of the population.

There were 3,020 households out of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.9% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.7% were non-families. 15.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.16.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.9% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.9 males.

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