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PLANNING UNITS

Middletown is one of the largest towns in Connecticut area-wise; it ranks twenty-fifth, out of the 169 municipalities in the State. The City has been divided into sections in many ways for various purposes. Natural divisions have been created by topographic features. Federal, State and local agencies also have divided Middletown for their own particular reasons. The 1965 plan of development broke up Middletown into fifteen analytic units.

This revision uses the 1970 Census Tracts as the basic planning units in Middletown. The City is divided into nine Census Tracts. Census tracts are small, permanently established geographic areas into which cities and counties are divided for statistical purposes. Tract boundaries are selected by a local tract committee, and approved by the U.S. Bureau of the Census. Boundaries usually follow permanently and easily recognizable lines--- streets, railroads and creeks. Tract boundaries are designed to remain the same through time, so statistical comparisons can be made. This comparability of data is the reason for using Census Tracts as the neighborhood unit in local planning. The nine tracts can be characterized as follows:

5401: lands in the northern part of downtown section. This tract is a mixture of residential, industrial and central business uses.

5402: is primarily recent (since World War II) residential properties located west of the railroad tracks, near the Sebethe River.

5403: is the western most portion of the City. There are farms in this section , and undeveloped lands. This tract is a high density area, since it is the location of a planned residential area. Interstate 91 bisects 5403. The City's Sawmill Industrial Park is situated adjacent to this highway. Middletown's commercial strip-along Washington Street is in 5403.

5404: is close to the core of the City. It is chiefly comprised of lands and buildings owned by Wesleyan University.

5405: is in the south western corner of the City, just west of Route 17. While there are some industrial and commercial lands here, the tract is mostly residential. Middletown's largest PRD is in this tract. Also in the tract are a State vocational technical school, a private high school and 2 grammar schools.

5406: is situated north of Randolph Road. It is intensively developed by single family homes.

5407: is Middletown's central business district. Some of the street blocks here have been redeveloped or are slated for redevelopment.

5408: is State owned land and is where Connecticut Valley Hospital is located.

5409: is the largest tract in Middletown. it is in the south eastern portion of the City. Besides scattered residential development there are two large industrial plants. Most of the land here, however is still undeveloped.

This section presents data by Census Tract on housing supply, population, school enrollment, race, families, ethnic characteristics, and the economy. On the basis of these conditions, programs and policies can be set for the individual planning units.

 

1970 Census Tract Information

  Tract Numbers

Totals or Average

5401 5402 5403 5404 5405 5406 5407 5408 5409
Area (sq. miles) 0.90 3.50 12.76 0.50 3.30 1.84 0.85 0.40 18.84 42.89
Population 4339 3997 5757 3094 4203 5705 3723 1924 4182 36924
Non-White Population 302 149 123 208 229 250 752 231 455 2699
Median Income $9,868 $11,426 $13,141 $11,709 $11,105 $11,325 $10,188 $14,625 $10,965 $11,595
Housing Units 1685 1136 1745 748 1233 1935 1524 61 1238 11305
Average Value of owner occupied house $21,408 $25,042 $28,965 $30,538 $26,383 $24614 $20,790 $20,078 $29,147 $25,218
Average rent for renter $89 $124 $141 $110 $94 $105 $89 $76 $102 $103
Population Ages  
0-19 1329 1848 2536 1098 1963 1790 1223 294 1862 13943
20-64 2548 2110 3117 1670 2265 3200 2138 1316 2215 20579
65 and over 573 160 349 383 220 872 450 365 290 3662
School enrollment  
Private Nursery School 11 46 50 3 7 9 7 - 49 182
Public Nursery School 12 8 30 - 15 9 7 - 41 122
Total Nursery School 23 54 80 3 22 18 14 - 90 304
Private Kindergarten 4 30 7 5 9 - - 7 10 72
Public Kindergarten 41 75 94 29 89 117 14 8 97 564
Total Kindergarten 45 105 101 34 98 117 14 15 107 636
Private Elementary School 122 126 177 63 183 86 118 101 69 1054
Public Elementary School 325 597 950 214 543 596 407 7 688 4327
Total Elementary School 447 723 1127 277 726 682 525 108 757 5372
Private High School 54 105 175 45 88 152 18 36 88 761
Public High School 111 173 236 69 391 182 175 5 289 1631
Total High School 165 278 411 114 479 334 193 41 377 2392
Total Private School 191 307 409 116 287 247 143 144 216 2060
Total Public School 489 853 1310 312 1038 904 603 20 1115 6644
Total School Enrollment 680 1160 1719 428 1325 1151 746 164 1331 8704
Economic  
Median Income $9,868 $11,426 $13,141 $11,709 $11,105 $11,325 $10,188 $14,625 $10,965 $11,595
Number of Families below poverty level 90 32 40 47 89 56 95 11 74 534
Housing  
Housing Units by structure type                    
One Unit 232 697 1277 281 783 1255 217 32 903 5677
Two + Units 1453 439 438 466 450 679 1307 29 327 5588
Mobile Homes - - 27 1 - 1 - - 8 37
Average Value of owner occupied house $21,408 $25,042 $28,965 $30,538 $26,383 $24614 $20,790 $20,078 $29,147 $25,218
Average rent for renter $89 $124 $141 $110 $94 $105 $89 $76 $102 $103
Persons per unit of occupied housing unit 2.65 3.54 3.39 2.73 3.37 2.91 2.52 3.26 3.58 3.11
Ethnic Characteristics  
Native of Foreign or mixed parentage 1046 852 1616 578 1005 1869 1056 557 936 9515
Foreign Born 1004 202 376 378 337 537 444 250 235 3763
Foreign Stock 2050 1054 1992 956 1342 2406 1500 807 1171 13278
United Kingdom 42 58 171 81 190 190 50 48 98 928
Ireland (Erie) 81 36 142 38 30 94 49 95 63 628
Sweden - 14 80 49 43 71 10 22 34 323
Germany 30 69 109 44 38 192 92 27 52 653
Poland 110 66 463 66 195 487 421 86 142 2036
Czechoslovakia 12 - 19 10 54 26 16 8 20 165
Austria 9 13 31 16 11 26 16 34 24 180
Hungary - - 15 - 7 5 - 18 4 49
USSR 23 26 100 54 39 142 61 27 72 534
Italy 1453 481 369 429 487 905 666 170 317 5277
Canada 104 191 274 51 128 139 62 83 191 1223
Mexico - 5 - - - - - - - 5
Cuba - - - 35 - - - 30 - 65
Other American - 4 14 21 24 5 6 - - 74
All other and not reported 186 101 205 59 96 124 51 159 154 1135
Persons of Spanish Language 108 13 29 61 36 - 15 55 82 399
Persons of Spanish Mother Tongue 94 9 22 49 31 - 15 55 37 312
Persons of Puerto Rican Birth or Parentage                    
Population  
Races  
White 4037 3848 5634 2886 3974 5455 2971 1693 3727 34225
African Amer. 261 144 116 160 205 244 742 210 432 2496
Other 41 5 7 48 24 6 28 21 23 203
Total 4339 3997 5757 3094 4203 5705 3723 1924 4182 36924
Type of Family  
All Families 1187 1030 1478 516 1067 1568 862 44 1091 8843
Husband-Wife 954 944 1351 435 932 1365 644 40 928 7593
Families with Other male head 48 12 27 20 22 54 41 - 24 248
Families with female head 185 74 100 61 113 149 177 4 139 1002

 

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