Storrs, Connecticut

Storrs, Connecticut

Storrs is a census-designated place and part of the town of Mansfield, Connecticut located in eastern Tolland County. The population was 10,996 at the 2000 census. It is dominated economically and demographically by the presence of the main campus of the University of Connecticut.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the community has a total area of 14.8 km² (5.7 mi²). 14.7 km² (5.7 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.04 mi²) of it (0.53%) is water.


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 10,996 people, 1,630 households, and 645 families residing in the community. The population density was 748.8/km² (1,939.3/mi²). There were 1,701 housing units at an average density of 115.8/km² (300.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the community was 81.10% White, 5.67% African American, 0.09% Native American, 9.13% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.70% from other races, and 2.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.40% of the population.

There were 1,630 households out of which 15.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.6% were married couples living together, 4.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 60.4% were non-families. 34.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.70.

The age distribution, heavily influenced by UConn, is: 4.0% under the age of 18, 76.1% from 18 to 24, 10.1% from 25 to 44, 3.9% from 45 to 64, and 5.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 21 years. For every 100 females there were 91.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.1 males.

The median income for a household in the community was $26,371, and the median income for a family was $64,833. Males had a median income of $34,766 versus $23,229 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $9,947. About 10.0% of families and 33.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.4% of those under age 18 and 8.2% of those age 65 or over. However, traditional measures of poverty can be highly misleading when applied to communities dominated by students, such as Storrs.


*In the aftermath of September 2005's Hurricane Katrina, Storrs was named by "Slate" as "America's Best Place to Avoid Death Due to Natural Disaster." []
*As a result of several students illegally entering private buildings on the university campus, and releasing photos of government protected animal treatments, the town took the decision to ban the carrying of concealed cameras.

Notable residents

*Tim Page (music critic) (b.1954), Pulitzer Prize winning music critic and biographer of Dawn Powell.

*Rivers Cuomo (b.1970), lead singer/guitarist of the alternative rock band Weezer, grew up in Storrs and attended the local secondary school, E.O. Smith High School.

*Peter Tork (Peter Halsten Thorkelson, b.1942) of The Monkees attended E.O.Smith; he was class of '59 and made the class of 2005 Commencement speech.

*Wendy O. Williams (1949–1998), lead singer for the 1970s and 80s punk rock band the Plasmatics lived in town from 1991 until her death in 1998 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

*Samuel Pickering (b. 1949) Professor at the University of Connecticut, inspiration for the character Mr. Keating in the Academy Award-winning film The Dead Poets Society

*Chris Spencer (b. 1988) Starred in the soft-core pornographic film "Curious" and later made "Curious 2: Extra Cheese"

ee also

*Mansfield, Connecticut
*University of Connecticut
*Edwin Oscar Smith High School
* [ A local corn maze operated annually in Storrs]

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