Rocky Hill, Connecticut

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Rocky Hill is a town in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 17,966 at the 2000 census. Rocky Hill was part of Wethersfield, the neighboring town to the north, until it was independently incorporated in 1849.

Rocky Hill is a typical bedroom community as many residents commute to work in the larger urban centers of Hartford to the north and New Haven to the south.

In 2003, Rocky Hill was voted the #1 Sportstown in Connecticut by Sports Illustrated for demonstrating high quality involvement in facilitating and enhancing community sports.[1]

In 2007, Rocky Hill was named #35 in Money Magazine's 'Best Places to Live Top 100', citing easy commuting to Hartford, local job availability, strong schools, and a central location between New York City and Boston.[2]

Rocky Hill is the home of is one of the largest dinosaur track sites in North America, Dinosaur State Park. Rocky Hill also was once the former headquarters of Ames Department Stores, which ceased business operations in 2002.

WFSB-TV, Channel 3, is currently stationed in Rocky Hill. The Hartford broadcast station takes up residence in a $23 million, 65,000-square-foot (6,000 m2) broadcasting facility in the Corporate Ridge office park.

Elden Hale, senior vice president of the Meredith Broadcasting Group and General Manager of WFSB, said Rocky Hill's proximity to I-91, Route 9, Route 2 and I-84 was a crucial element in the decision.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 35.7 km² (13.8 sq mi). 13.4 square miles (34.8 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²) of it (2.54%) is water.

Bordering Rocky Hill to the north is Wethersfield, with Newington to the north-west, Berlin to the south-west, and Cromwell to the south. The Connecticut River forms the eastern border. I-91 runs through the town with exits at the two main local highways, Route 3 at exit 23 and Route 99 at exit 24. Route 3 travels from Cromwell through Rocky Hill into Wethersfield, eventually crossing the Connecticut River into Glastonbury. The north-south Route 99 parallels the Connecticut River for the length of town.

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