Easton, with the lowest population density in the region, is a town with much of its New England character intact due to a combination of family owned farms — over 70% of the region's agricultural land is here — and the town's location in a watershed area.

Easton, Connecticut

Easton has the lowest population and the lowest density in the region. Approximately one-third of the land was owned by Aquarion Water Company that supplies most of the area’s water. Much of this land has been transferred to public ownership. The rest of the town is zoned for one- and three-acre single family use. The Town has nearly 70% of the region’s remaining agricultural land, with several working farms and orchards. With few stores and virtually no industry, Easton’s major employers are the town and the school system.

Many small communities in Connecticut are looking for an identity that can’t be found in the urban-suburban-rural classification. They want to preserve agriculture and its values, but have little agriculture that is economically viable. These towns are in close contact with the world via cars, travel, phones, summer homes, and the internet. They cannot be considered rural. They do not want to become suburban bedroom communities where there are few community functions that bring people into close contact with each other. They don’t want to see endless subdivisions of single family homes even though they know that most of their vacant land is zoned for such homes.

Given its large preserves around the its reservoirs, and its successful retention of some agricultural uses, Easton might be considered as a physical model of the kind of community many of the remaining rural towns in the State would like to become.