Canaan: The CT town where (nearly) everyone is vaccinated

All of the eligible residents of the Litchfield County town of Canaan have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine, according to the latest state data released Thursday.

All of the eligible residents of the Litchfield County town of Canaan have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine, according to the latest state data released Thursday.

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CANAAN — One tiny town in Connecticut’s northwest corner appears to be doing better than any other in terms of vaccination rates.

According to the state’s data, 1,055 people have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine in Canaan. But that’s where the confusion begins.

According to the latest census data, the tiny Litchfield County town only has 1,053 people — including children who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated.

Michelle McGuire Hansen, emergency management director for Canaan, says the state data likely includes some residents of North Canaan — their neighbors who often get confused for living in their community.

“We are the town of Canaan, but the town north to us is also called Canaan so sometimes, the statistics that are given aren’t necessarily correct,” she said Friday.

Here are four things to know about Canaan, the town with at least one of the highest Connecticut vaccination rates:

1. It’s one of Connecticut’s smaller towns

There are only 1,053 residents of Canaan, according to 2019 Census data, living in just 1.7 square miles.

The town is not quite as diverse as the state, with 76 percent of Canaan residents identifying as white, compared with 66 percent statewide.

2. It’s a little older than the state at large

The median age in Canaan is 46.2 years old, about 5 years older than Connecticut’s statewide median age.

A larger proportion of Canaan residents live in poverty than the rest of the state, 17.7 percent of town residents living below the poverty line compared with 9.9 percent statewide.

The median household income is $36,532, less than half the $78,444 median household income statewide.

3. It’s mostly blue

About 40 percent of Canaan voters are registered as Democrats, with another 40 percent unaffiliated, according to data from the secretary of the state’s office. The rest are either registered as Republicans or minor parties.

In the 2020 presidential election, 66.7 percent of votes cast went to President Joe Biden, up from 60.3 percent for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

4. It’s not North Canaan

Canaan is sometimes referred to interchangeably as Falls Village, though it is distinct from nearby North Canaan.

North Canaan separated from the town of Canaan in 1858 and incorporated as its own municipality, with its own governing bodies.

“The town of North Canaan, known locally as Canaan, did not separate from the parent town of Canaan until 1858,” according to North Canaan’s town website. “The town of Canaan, known by many today as Falls Village, kept the original name, and confusion over the two municipal entities has plagued visitors and state officials ever since.”

Canaan and North Canaan, both in Litchfield County, should also not be confused with the Fairfield County town of New Canaan.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect the state’s data for Canaan may also include some residents of North Canaan.