About Southington, Connecticut
Southington is a small city located off of Interstate 84, near Waterbury and Hartford. Its population numbers 43,038 residents, based on 2012 data from the Connecticut Economic Resource Center (CERC). About 34% of the population 25 and over had bachelor's degrees, and the poverty rate was 3.6%, lower than the state rate of 10.0%, according to CERC.
Southington is home to America's oldest continuously operating theme park, with rides, shows and other attractions, including a rollercoaster along the side of a cliff and a water park. Southington is known for its apple orchards, and it holds the Apple Harvest Festival in early October. A Halloween Haunted Graveyard (in nearby Bristol) and a historic walking tour are just a few of the attractions in this city. Average low temperatures in Southington are around 21 degrees in January, and average highs are around 87 in July. Yearly snowfall is about 56 inches.
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Southington is home to two proprietary colleges, offering mostly one- and two-year programs. About 30 postsecondary institutions can be found within 25 miles of the city, including Central Connecticut State University, Wesleyan University and Trinity College.
Several community colleges, technical high schools and seminaries are also located in the area. Other schools include University of Hartford and University of Saint Joseph. Top-ranked Yale University is around 20 miles from the city.
Economy and Employment
Retail trade is the largest industry in the city, followed by accommodation and food services, and health care and social assistance, based on 2013 employment data from CERC. A major employer in the city is Bradley Memorial Hospital.