Cheshire, CT
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Living in Cheshire


Cheshire is a medium-sized town located in the state of Connecticut. With a population of 29,179 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Cheshire is the 32nd largest community in Connecticut.

Housing costs in Cheshire are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Connecticut.

Cheshire is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 90.66% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Cheshire is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Cheshire who work in management occupations (14.80%), healthcare (12.45%), and sales jobs (10.93%).

Also of interest is that Cheshire has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.89% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Because of many things, Cheshire is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Cheshire a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Cheshire has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Cheshire’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Cheshire. 53.89% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Cheshire in 2010 was $48,968, which is upper middle income relative to Connecticut, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $195,872 for a family of four.

Cheshire is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Cheshire home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Cheshire residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Cheshire include Italian, Irish, German, English, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Cheshire is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.