Branford is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Connecticut. With a population of 28,028 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Branford is the 37th largest community in Connecticut.
Branford is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 87.76% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Branford is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Branford who work in office and administrative support (14.34%), management occupations (12.82%), and sales jobs (12.03%).
One of the nice things about Branford is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Branford is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Branford area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
Branford is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 42.23% of adults in Branford have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.
The per capita income in Branford in 2010 was $44,298, which is upper middle income relative to Connecticut, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $177,192 for a family of four. However, Branford contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Branford home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Branford residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Branford include Irish, English, German, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Branford is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.