Thompsonville (Enfield)

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Thompsonville is a census-designated place (CDP) in the town of Enfield in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 8,125 at the 2000 census.



Thompsonville was established in the 19th century as a carpet-manufacturing community. Orrin Thompson, from whom the community takes its name, built a dam across Freshwater Brook in 1828 and opened the first carpet mill in 1829. Thompson's first mill, named "White Mill," employed skilled weavers brought from Scotland. Initially its product was largely flat-woven ingrain carpeting, an inexpensive type of carpeting, but over time it added more expensive weaves, such as three-ply ingrain and loop brussels. The mill had 230 looms in operation as of 1846.[1]

Carpeting continued to be manufactured in Thompsonville until 1971, by which time most production had shifted to the southern United States.[1]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.1 km2), of which, 2.1 square miles (5.5 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km2) of it (9.70%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 8,125 people, 3,442 households, and 1,896 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 3,797.9 people per square mile (1,465.9/km2). There were 3,728 housing units at an average density of 1,742.6 per square mile (672.6/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 90.01% White, 3.96% African American, 0.33% Native American, 1.61% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.50% from other races, and 2.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.70% of the population.

There were 3,442 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.3% were married couples living together, 17.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.9% were non-families. 36.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 3.02.

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