Colebrook, Connecticut Information
Colebrook town hall
Location in Litchfield County, Connecticut
COLEBROOK CONNECTICUT Latitude and Longitude:
|• Type||Selectman-town meeting|
|• First selectman||Thomas D. McKeon (R)|
|• Selectman||Christopher L. Johnstone (R)|
|• Selectman||Joseph J. Alciati, Sr. (D)|
|• Total||32.9 sq mi (85.2 km2)|
|• Land||31.5 sq mi (81.5 km2)|
|• Water||1.4 sq mi (3.8 km2)|
|Elevation||961 ft (293 m)|
|• Density||49/sq mi (19/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 ( Eastern)|
|• Summer ( DST)||UTC-4 ( Eastern)|
|GNIS feature ID||0213410|
Colebrook is a town in Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 1,471 at the 2000 census. Colebrook was named after Colebrooke, in the English county of Devon; the reason is now unknown. 
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 32.9 square miles (85 km2), of which 31.5 square miles (82 km2) is land and 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) (4.40%) is water. The Algonquin State Forest is located within the town.
- Colebrook center
- North Colebrook
|U.S. Decennial Census |
As of the census  of 2000, there were 1,471 people, 566 households, and 419 families residing in the town. The population density was 46.7 people per square mile (18.0/km²). There were 656 housing units at an average density of 20.8 per square mile (8.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.01% White, 0.68% African American, 0.61% Asian, 0.88% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.45% of the population.
There were 566 households out of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.2% were married couples living together, 5.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.8% were non-families. 19.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.01.
In the town, the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 4.2% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 27.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 102.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.5 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $58,684, and the median income for a family was $64,286. Males had a median income of $42,647 versus $35,987 for females. The per capita income for the town was $29,789. About 1.4% of families and 2.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 9.0% of those age 65 or over.
|Voter registration and party enrollment as of October 27, 2015 |
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- Rock Hall (Colebrook, Connecticut), a building designed by architect Addison Mizner, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
BNE Energy was cleared to build three wind turbines in Colebrook and two 2.85MW, 100m-diameter turbines were installed in 2015. A third (3.8MW, 130m rotor diameter) turbine is planned for installation by 2021. According to BNE Energy’s quarterly generation reports to PURA, the Colebrook wind farm has slightly exceeded the planned level of energy generation, with 12,742MWh generated in 2016 and 12,706MWh generated in 2017. The wind farm, according to these figures, is operating at about 30 percent of its rated capacity. 
- Rufus Babcock, 2nd President of Colby College, was born in North Colebrook.
- Donald Barr, (1921–2004), novelist, educator, and book reviewer for the New York Times, retired to Colebrook in the 1980s. 
- Abiram Chamberlain (1837–1911), the 60th Governor of Connecticut was born in Colebrook.
- Jonathan Edwards (the younger) (1745–1801), theologian, lived and preached in Colebrook for four years.
- Short story writer Harris Merton Lyon lived in North Colebrook. 
- James Phelps (1822–1900), judge, Connecticut Representative and Senator, and US Congressman was born in town.
- Lancelot Phelps (1784–1866), US Congressman and father to James Phelps was a longtime resident.
- Ammi Phillips (1788–1865), artist, was born in Colebrook.
- Thomas Robbins (minister) (1777–1856), Congregational minister, bibliophile, and an antiquarian died in Colebrook.
- Julius Rockwell (1805–1888), judge and US Congressman for Massachusetts was born in town.
- Eric Foner (1943- ), Columbia University professor, author, and noted Civil War historian, is a part-time resident of the town. 
- Christine Negroni (1956- ), noted aviation and travel writer, is a part-time resident of the town. 
- Helen Binney Kitchel (1890-1990), conservation advocate, four-term state representative in the Connecticut House of Representatives (1931 to 1939), and donor of Algonquin State Forest and the Kitchel Wilderness, kept a summer home in town. 
- U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates
- The Connecticut Magazine: An Illustrated Monthly. Connecticut Magazine Company. 1903. p. 331.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Registration and Party Enrollment Statistics as of October 27, 2015" (PDF). Connecticut Secretary of State. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-02-05.
- Saxon, Wolfgang (February 10, 2004). "Donald Barr, 82, Headmaster And Science Honors Educator". The New York Times.
- Max J. Puzel, The Man in the Mirror: William Marion Reedy and His Magazine, University of Missouri Press, 1998, pp. 256-259