Town Data

The Central Naugatuck Valley Regional Action Council (CNVRAC) is sub-region “5-B” of Connecticut. It is made up of twelve towns: Beacon Falls, Bethlehem, Cheshire, Middlebury, Naugatuck, Prospect, Southbury, Thomaston, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott, and Woodbury. The coalition towns range in population from 3,469 residents to 106,949 residents according to the 2009 U.S. Census. The sub-region is 92.4% White/non-Hispanic, 3.13% Black, 1.78% Asian, and 4.98% Hispanic or Latino ethnicity according to these estimates.

The average Median Household Income across the sub-region is $77,100, but this can range significantly from town to town. The 1999 Poverty Rate for this area is at 4.7%. This is significantly lower than the state poverty rate of 7.9%, but again, this varies significantly from town to town.

The service area can best be described as follows: Waterbury is the urban, central hub of the CNVRAC. It is the central resource for public, economic, and supportive social services, the majority of substance abuse and mental health treatment providers, and other assistance services such as bus and train stations. There are four college campuses in Waterbury: Naugatuck Valley Community College, Post University, the University of Connecticut Waterbury Branch Campus, and University of Bridgeport Waterbury Branch. Waterbury is also home to two major hospitals: Saint Mary’s Hospital and Waterbury Hospital.

Beacon Falls

The town of Beacon Falls was named after Beacon Hill, which historians say was a lookout for colonists to signal the movements of hostile Indians. It has a population of 5,708 and is located in southwest Connecticut where it is bisected by the Naugatuck River. The area, 9.8 sq. miles, an Indian camping ground on which many relics such as arrowheads have been found, was first settled by colonists from Derby in 1678. The town was incorporated in 1871 on lands from each of the bordering towns: Bethany, Naugatuck, Oxford, and Seymour. Beacon Falls' principle industries include agriculture, warehouse storage and manufacture of plastic molding and small hardware.

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Bethlehem is located in Litchfield County and is the home of about 3,523 people. It is Connecticut's "Christmas Town" and also a town of history. It is the founding town of the first theological seminary in the country and the sermons of the Rev. Joseph Bellamy whose home still stands in tact. Bethlehem is also the home of the Regina Laudis Monastery and its exquisite museum quality, 18th century Neapolitan Creche. The late Lauren Ford, a Bethlehem resident who took the co-foundresses of the Abbey into her home when they arrived in Bethlehem, is internationally known for her religious artwork.

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Cheshire was once a rural farming community and part of the town of Wallingford. Today it is its own residential suburban community. Cheshire is located in New Haven county and is home to 29,411 people. It is Located in the south central section of the State of Connecticut, and is approximately 14 miles north of New Haven and 25 miles southwest of Hartford, easily accessible from Interstates 84, 91 and 691 and state routes 70, 68, and 10. The Town has a land area of 33 square miles and is bounded on the north by Southington and Wolcott, on the east by Meriden and Wallingford, on the south by Hamden, and on the west by Prospect and Waterbury. Despite significant industrial and commercial growth, Cheshire retains its rural characteristics with thousands of acres of open space and an active agricultural industry. It has been designated the "Bedding Plant Capital of Connecticut" by the Connecticut General Assembly because of its abundance of bedding plant growers.

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Middlebury is one of the smallest towns in the CNVRAC service area, with a population of 7,108. It is bordered by Waterbury, Naugatuck, Oxford and Southbury. Its citizens take pride in their surrounding and the Board works hard to keep it that way. The town website provides you with the names of all Town Departments, boards and commissions as well as links to Regional School District No. 15 and other State and local agencies.

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Naugatuck is the second largest town in the CNVRAC service area with a population of 31,488. It is at the center of its bordering towns Waterbury, Prospect, Bethany, Beacon Falls, Oxford and Middlebury. The website for the Borough of Naugatuck provides additional demographic information, news, and history.

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Prospect was established in 1827 and is bordered by Bethany, Waterbury, Cheshire, and Naugatuck. The town is 5 miles long and 4 miles wide with a population of approximately 9,203.

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Southbury is the only town of its name in the United States of America. It is home to over 19,838 residents. Southbury recently built a state of art library that serves nearly 550 people daily and is open 337 days a year. The Parks and Recreation Department provides sporting activities and events for all residents and their low mil rate of 21.5 creates a favorable business atmosphere. Located mid way between Waterbury and Danbury on Interstate 84, the rural setting and commuting opportunities of Southbury are unique. Southbury has a diverse mixture of housing opportunities to satisfy all economic requirements

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Thomaston was originally part of the Farmington Proprietor's purchase in 1684 of the Mattatuck Plantation. In 1739, the Thomaston area achieved independence, as the Northbury Parish. Northbury and Westbury united in 1780 to form Watertown. In 1795 Northbury again separated to become Plymouth, and the Thomaston section was called Plymouth Hollow. In 1813 a man named Seth Thomas came to the hollow to manufacture clocks. And by 1856 Thomas was labeling his clocks with "Thomas Town." He helped route the Naugatuck railroad through Plymouth Hollow, linking the area with the brass center at Waterbury. On July 6,1875 Thomas Town became Thomaston in memory of Seth Thomas, and the separation from Plymouth was confirmed by the State Legislature. It is now the home of 7,837 Connecticut residents.

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Waterbury is the fifth largest city in Connecticut, and the largest community in the CNVRAC service area. It is the central hub of social services, business, and transportation in the Central Naugatuck Valley. Waterbury is the home to approximately 106,949 citizens of diverse ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds. Conveniently located at the junction of Routes 8 and 84, the city was once known as the "Brass City" because of its long history as the center of the nation's brass industry. Today, Waterbury is known for its advanced technology capabilities, historic architecture and facades, and most importantly, its strong communities and neighborhoods!

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Watertown is located in eastern Connecticut and is at the southern part of Litchfield county. It is bordered by Thomaston, Morris, Bethlehem and Woodbury and has a population of approximately 22,729. The town historian, John Pillis, can reached at for more Watertown facts and history.

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Wolcott is a residential community with a land area of 21.6 square miles, located at the northern tip of New Haven County. It is bordered by Cheshire and Waterbury and home to over 16,141 residents.

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Woodbury was first settled in 1672 and is part of Litchfield county. Modern Woodbury has an area of 21,867 acres and a population slightly over 9,316 people. 1,140 of which are active voters who continue to carry on the tradition of democratic self-government on which the town was founded.

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