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Connecticut Planning Regions

RankSectionPeak Elev-Ft Town Prom-Ft Ascents
1.Northwest HillsMount Frissell-South Slope2380Salisbury/Mount Washington0897
2.Northeastern ConnecticutBurley Hill1318Union66891
3.CapitolBurley Hill-West Slope1300Stafford/Union09
4.Western ConnecticutFairfield County High Point1279Pawling/Sherman083
5.Naugatuck ValleyTodd Hill1134Bethlehem1290
6.South Central ConnecticutHanging Hills1022Meriden82764
7.Lower Connecticut River ValleyBald Hill Range916East Hampton40692
8.Greater BridgeportEaston High Point744Easton 0
9.Southeastern ConnecticutGates Hill655Lebanon24592

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List Description

The so-calked "counties" of Connecticut have no real governmental function, and are considered a historic legacy even though the Census Bureau and many others (such as the county highpointers) continue to use them for data collection, reporting, and mapping purposes as county equivalents. The real sub-state governments in Connecticut are the 169 "towns" (equivalent to townships in several other states).

However, the state government does use "Planning Regions" for several important functions, so they have requested that the Census Bureau use them instead of the old counties for their purposes, too. The Census Bureau seems to believe that this is a worthwhile change and is working towards replacing the legacy counties with the new planning regions in 2023. Both schemes use the 169 towns as the base unit.

In anticipation of this change, the high points of these new planning regions are shown here. As of yet, there is no consensus among the county highpointer community as to whether or not these changes will be accepted as the new way to determine county-equivalent high points in Connecticut. Indeed, the Census Bureau may opt out of using these, but it does look like they are well on their way to adopting them. See the link below.

Five of the peaks on this list are on the old county high point list, and one more (Burley West) is very close to an existing HP. Three of the peaks are "new", and one (the Hanging Hills) is a popular and prominent summit. Todd Hill and the Easton Town HP are the new, obscure points on this list.

Links

     Federal Register-Connecticut Planning Regions

 


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