Tolland was named by Money Magazine in 2005 as the 29th Best Place to live in the United States, in 2009 the 27th Best Place to live in the United States and 2011 the 37th Best Place to live in the United States. The Town of Tolland is 40.4 square miles or 25,792 acres. Approximately 16% of the Town of Tolland has been permanently protected as open space, 95% of that is designated for passive use and 5% is for active use.
Quality of life is the primary reason cited by residents for their decision to live in Tolland. The top five specific characteristics cited, in descending order of importance, were location, educational system, town character, character of residential developments and open space. Most people characterized Tolland as a rural community today and would like to see those characteristics retained. Residents clearly want their valued quality of life retained as the Town grows.
The population remained between 1,000 and 1,700 for almost 200 years until the 1950’s. The population has since continued to grow reaching 2,900 in 1960; 7,859 in 1970; 9,694 in 1980; 11,001 in 1990; 13,146 in 2000, 14,079 in 2005, 15,295 in 2008, and according to the U.S. Census Bureau 15,052 in 2010.
Tolland’s school system includes one new 56 million dollar public high school which opened in September 2006. The former high school became the new middle school for 6th, 7th & 8th grades which opened in September 2007. At the present time we have one public middle school and two public elementary schools.
Places of Worship:
Tolland has five different churches; Church of Saint Matthew, First Baptist Church of Tolland, United Congregational Church of Tolland, River of Life Christian Fellowship and Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Thirteen conservation areas with walking trails:
- Auperin Conservation Area
- Becker Conservation Area (under construction)
- Campbell’s Peaceful Valley Conservation Area
- C.W. Luce Conservation Area
- King Riverside Conservation Area
- Knofla Conservation Area
- Palmer Kendall Mountain Conservation Area
- John & Mary Parciak Property
- Sage Meadow Open Space Conservation Area
- Shafran Conservation Area
- Weigold Conservation Area
- Stoppleworth Conservation Area
- Schindler-Schmidt Conservation Area
Tolland also has Crandall Park which includes Crandall Pond for swimming, a pavilion, and baseball fields, included within Crandall Park is Crandall Park II which has soccer fields, a lodge for small gatherings and walking trails.
Tolland also has several parks:
- Heron Cove has fields for sports, hiking, ice skating and canoe access
- Cross Farms Recreation Complex has fields for sports
- River Park has fields for sports
- Doris & Al Tobiassen Memorial Park which is part of Joshua’s Trust and has walking trails
It is this social network and diverse and warm population that creates the “village” aspect of Tolland. Our residents take pride in their neighborhoods, in their town, and in their institutions. It is a community that is generous and supportive of each other.