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Encyclopedia > Oxford, Connecticut
Oxford, Connecticut
Official seal of Oxford, Connecticut
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Coordinates: 41°25′48″N 73°08′05″W / 41.43, -73.13472
NECTA Bridgeport-Stamford
Region Central Naugatuck Valley
Incorporated 1798
Government
 - Type Selectman-town meeting
 - First selectman August A. Palmer III
Area
 - City 86.5 km²  (33.4 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 - City 11,709
 - Density 137/km² (356/sq mi)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 06478
Website: http://www.oxford-ct.gov/

Oxford is a town located in western New Haven County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 9,821 at the 2000 Census. There are several areas in Oxford: Quaker Farms, Riverside and Oxford Center. Oxford belongs to the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk urbanized area, which is a bedroom community of the New York metropolitan area. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A New England City and Town Area or NECTA is a geographic entity in the New England region of the United States. ... The Board of Selectmen is commonly the executive arm of town government in New England. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Population density by country, 2006 Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. ... A time zone is a region of the Earth that has adopted the same standard time, usually referred to as the local time. ... The Eastern Standard Time Zone is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting five hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). ... -12 | -11 | -10 | -9:30 | -9 | -8 | -7 | -6 | -5 | -4 | -3:30 | -3 | -2:30 | -2 | -1 | -0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Though DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ... The Eastern Standard Time Zone is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting five hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... The system of local government in use in New England is very different from that found throughout the rest of the United States. ... New Haven County is located in the south central part of the state of Connecticut. ... Official language(s) English Capital Hartford Largest city Bridgeport Largest metro area Hartford Area  Ranked 48th  - Total 5,543[2] sq mi (14,356 km²)  - Width 70 miles (113 km)  - Length 110 miles (177 km)  - % water 12. ... 2000 US Census logo The Twenty-Second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... The New York metropolitan area is the most populous in the United States and the fourth most populous in the world (after Tokyo, Seoul, and Mexico City). ...


Oxford used to be a very rural town with a moderate farming population. However, in the past few years, there has been a large influx of upper-class suburban families that moved into the area. Most of these families, according to local newspapers and statistics at Oxford Town Hall, have moved from extremely affluent towns in lower Fairfield County. They have discovered Oxford's "reasonable" housing market (which according to national standards is still very pricey) and natural beauty in comparison to their former towns, thus build $600,000+ homes in Oxford. This has fueled Oxford's decision to build a new high school of their own. Before, the town was too small, had little economic development and taxpayers would burden the cost of the $59 million high school. Fairfield County is located in the southwestern corner of the U.S. state of Connecticut. ...


Oxford is among the most conservative communities in New England, with more than 65 percent of the town registered Republican. In Connecticut, Oxford is less conservative than only Greenwich, New Canaan, Darien, Southbury, Wilton and Avon. In Oxford, and most other New England conservative communities, residents tend to be socially liberal and fiscally conservative. Republican-dominated towns in New England and the New York City area are still extremely progressive.


According to www.zillow.com, Oxford is now more expensive than the neighboring towns of Southbury, Middlebury, Seymour, Naugatuck and Beacon Falls. Home prices are 22% higher than Southbury's and 13% higher than Middlebury's. Due to this, many longtime Oxford residents are selling their homes and moving to cheaper towns with lower taxes. Southbury is a town located in western New Haven County, Connecticut, United States north of Oxford and Newtown and east of Brookfield. ... Middlebury is a town located in New Haven County, Connecticut. ... Seymour is a town located in western New Haven County,Connecticut, United States. ... Naugatuck is a borough located in New Haven County, Connecticut. ... Beacon Falls is a town located in New Haven County, Connecticut. ...

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Recreation

Many parks serve Oxford's citizens. Among them are Southford Falls State Park in the northern section of town, Jackson Cove Beach in the southern section (Oxford residents only), and Kirks Pond in the center of town.


Among the more recent additions to Oxford is Oxford Greens, an upscale public golf course with over 400 homes for "Active Adults" over the age of 55. Homes on the property average around $500,000. The Golf Club at Oxford Greens offer residents of Oxford and Naugatuck the opportunity to purchase an Oxford Greens Resident Card for only $55 a week.


The nearest shopping malls to Oxford are the Danbury Fair Mall (25 minutes), Brass Mill Center in Waterbury (20 minutes), Trumbull Mall (20 minutes) and Post Mall in Milford (30 minutes).


Education

Oxford has two elementary schools: Oxford Center School and Quaker Farms School; and one middle school: Great Oak Middle School.


The town has just completed the construction of a new $47 million high school. Before the school was built, about half of Oxford's high school-aged population attended private schools in Oxford area, the most popular being Fairfield Preparatory, St. Josephs School in Trumbull, Greens Farms Academy in Westport and Holy Cross High School in Waterbury. This exceptionally high number was a result of parents' dissatisfaction with the town not having its own high school. The other half were split between Seymour High School in Seymour and Masuk High School in Monroe. A small number of students from Oxford, if accepted, attend Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury or The Sound School in New Haven. Students currently in their freshman year of high school at Seymour High School and Masuk High School will return to Oxford High School for the rest of their high school years, becoming the first graduating class of Oxford High School. Oxford High will be a member of the South West Conference for athletics, competing with Bethel, Brookfield, Joel Barlow (Easton/Redding), Masuk (Monroe), New Fairfield, Pomperaug (Southbury/Middlebury), Weston and Trumbull. Seymour is a town located in western New Haven County,Connecticut, United States. ... Monroe is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. ...


Transportation

The town is bisected by Route 67 that begins in Woodbridge and ends in New Milford. With the influx of new citizens, Route 67 is now among the most congested state roads in Connecticut, often compared to Route 7 that runs from Norwalk to Danbury or Route 63 in Amity. Route 188, which runs through the Quaker Farms section of Oxford, is very scenic as it passes by Schreiber's Farm and the pristine clapboard homes near Christ Church. Other major roads in town are Route 34 along the Housatonic River and Route 42 in the eastern section of town. Woodbridge is a town located in New Haven County, Connecticut. ... New Milford (Incorporated 1712) is a town in Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States 14 miles (23 km) north of Danbury, on the Housatonic River. ... Motto: The Right Place, The Right Time Location in Fairfield County, Connecticut Coordinates: NECTA Bridgeport-Stamford Region South Western Region Incorporated 1651 Consolidated 1913 Government type Mayor-council Mayor Dick Moccia Area    - City 36. ... Nickname: Located in Fairfield County, Connecticut Coordinates: , NECTA Danbury Region Housatonic Valley Incorporated (town) 1702 Incorporated (city) 1889 Consolidated 1965 Government  - Type Mayor-council  - Mayor Mark D. Boughton (R) Area  - City 114. ...


Many business-people arrive in Connecticut through Waterbury-Oxford (KOXC) Airport, one of the largest corporate airports in Connecticut with many privately owned jets. The airport is next to the town of Middlebury, CT.


A number of area residents make the daily commute to New York City via Metro North Railroad, southwestern Connecticut's local commuter rail service. Nearby stations are along the Waterbury line in Naugatuck, Seymour, Ansonia and Derby; or along the New Haven line in Milford, Bridgeport, Fairfield and Westport. Metro-North (officially MTA Metro-North Railroad) is a suburban commuter railroad running service from New York City to the northern suburbs in New York State and Connecticut. ...


Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 86.5 km² (33.4 mi²). 85.2 km² (32.9 mi²) of it is land and 1.3 km² (0.5 mi²) of it (1.50%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Geographic Area

The towns which border Oxford are Beacon Falls, Middlebury, Monroe, Naugatuck, Newtown, Seymour and Southbury. Beacon Falls is a town located in New Haven County, Connecticut. ... Middlebury is a town located in New Haven County, Connecticut. ... Monroe is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. ... Naugatuck is a borough located in New Haven County, Connecticut. ... Newtown is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. ... Seymour is a town located in western New Haven County,Connecticut, United States. ... Southbury is a town located in western New Haven County, Connecticut, United States north of Oxford and Newtown and east of Brookfield. ...


On the National Register of Historic Places

is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... September 17 is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ...

Local Media

Being centrally located in southwestern Connecticut, Oxford has the choice of three local newspapers: Connecticut Post of Bridgeport, Republican-American of Waterbury and The New Haven Register. Oxford residents also receive 'Voices', a free publication; it offers community news to over 20 towns in Fairfield, New Haven and Litchfield Counties. Hometown Publications has recently started a new newspaper for its residents called the 'Oxford Observer.' The Connecticut Post is a daily newspaper, serving the area of Southwestern Connecticut around Bridgeport, Connecticut. ... The New Haven Register is a Connecticut newspaper based out of New Haven, Connecticut. ...


The local cable station is Comcast of Western Connecticut located in Seymour. Local media broadcasting stations are WTNH-New Haven, WVIT-Hartford, WFSB-Hartford, WABC-New York, WNBC-New York and WNYW-New York. Comcast groups Oxford and Seymour as part of the greater Danbury area. WTNH, channel 8, is the ABC affiliate for the state of Connecticut, licensed to New Haven and serving the Hartford/New Haven television market. ... WVIT, channel 30, is the NBC owned-and-operated station for the state of Connecticut. ... WFSB, channel 3, is an affiliate of the CBS television network serving most of the state of Connecticut. ... WABC-TV, channel 7, is the flagship station of the Walt Disney Company-owned American Broadcasting Company, located in New York City. ... WNBC, channel 4, is the flagship station of the NBC television network, located in New York City. ... WNYW, channel 5, is the flagship television station of the News Corporation-owned Fox Broadcasting Company, located in New York City. ...


Anthrax

In 2001, the sleepy town made international headlines when 94 year-old Ottilie Lundgren mysteriously died of anthrax. At the time, there was a spread of anthrax attacks in New York and Washington, and this case baffled law enforcement. To this day, no one is sure how anthrax made it to the quaint, suburban neighborhood in Oxford. By now most have forgotten this occurrence, but at the time, Oxford was world-famous.[1] The 2001 anthrax attacks in the United States, also known as Amerithrax from its FBI case name, occurred over the course of several weeks beginning on September 18, 2001 (a week after the September 11, 2001 attacks). ...


Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 9,821 people, 3,503 households, and 3,798 families residing in the town. The population density was 115.3/km² (298.6/mi²). There were 3,420 housing units at an average density of 40.1/km² (104.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.69% White, 0.51% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.66% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.35% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.83% of the population. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of encyclopedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 3,343 households out of which 40.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.8% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.3% were non-families. 12.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.94 and the average family size was 3.21. “Spouse” redirects here. ...


In the town the population was spread out with 27.1% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 26.7% from 45 to 64, and 8.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 101.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.4 males.


The median income for a household in the town was $77,126. Males had a median income of $52,488 versus $36,742 for females. The per capita income for the town was $28,250. About 1.6% of families and 2.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.2% of those under age 18 and 1.4% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


References

  1. ^ Bioterrorism-related anthrax surveillance, Connecticut, September-December, 2001 - Bioterrorism-Related Anthrax - Emerging Infectious Diseases http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0GVK/is_10_8/ai_93532601

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Oxford, Connecticut - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1232 words)
Oxford used to be very rural town with a moderate farming population.
They have discovered Oxford's "reasonable" housing market (which according to national standards is still very pricey) and natural beauty in comparison to their former towns, thus build $600,000+ homes in Oxford.
The Oxford schools were recently recognized for the exceptional programs regarding physical education and has lead Oxford to be dubbed the 'fittest town in Connecticut' by local television stations.
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