Vernon, Connecticut

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Vernon is a town in Tolland County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 28,063 at the 2000 census.

Vernon was incorporated in October, 1808, from Bolton. Vernon contains the former city of Rockville, incorporated in January, 1889. The town of Vernon and city of Rockville consolidated as a town on July 1, 1965. Vernon also contains the smaller villages of Talcottville and Dobsonville.

The town is the birthplace of former professional football player and four time Super Bowl champion Bill Romanowski. Former Governor of Virginia and now Senator Mark Warner was raised there. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer Gene Pitney also grew up in the town, from which he obtained his stage name: "The Rockville Rocket." Charles Ethan Porter (c. 1847-1923), an African American still life painter, moved to the Rockville neighborhood as a child.

Vernon is home to Rockville High School and the New England Civil War Museum.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 18.1 square miles (46.8 km²), of which, 17.7 square miles (45.9 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²) of it (1.88%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 28,063 people, 12,269 households, and 7,275 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,582.8 people per square mile (611.1/km²). There were 12,867 housing units at an average density of 725.7/sq mi (280.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 89.95% White, 3.99% African American, 0.24% Native American, 2.65% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.22% from other races, and 1.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.58% of the population.

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