Tolland, Massachusetts

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Tolland is a town in Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 426 at the 2000 census, making it the smallest town in Hampden County by population. It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area. Tolland formerly had a popular "Black Fly Day" parade, which was celebrated in June. It has been replaced with a picnic on the town green. In 2010 there will be a bicentennial celebration to celebrate yet another 100 year mark.

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History

Tolland was first settled in 1750 when it was part of neighboring Granville. Tolland was officially incorporated in 1810.

Geography

According to the US Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 32.8 square miles (84.9 km²), of which, 31.6 square miles (81.9 km²) of it is land and 1.1 square miles (3.0 km²) of it (3.48%) is water.

Tolland is bordered on the north by Otis and Blandford, on the east by Granville, on the south by Hartland, CT and Colebrook, CT, and on the west by Sandisfield.

Tolland State Forest and Granville State Forest protect a part of the town's area.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 426 people, 169 households, and 114 families residing in the town. The population density was 13.5 people per square mile (5.2/km²). There were 478 housing units at an average density of 15.1/sq mi (5.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.42% White, 0.94% African American, 1.17% Native American, 0.23% Asian, and 0.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.17% of the population.

There were 169 households out of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.3% were married couples living together, 1.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.0% were non-families. 28.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.06.

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