Colchester, CT
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Colchester is a medium-sized town located in the state of Connecticut. With a population of 16,130 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Colchester is the 72nd largest community in Connecticut.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Colchester is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Colchester is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Colchester who work in management occupations (13.85%), office and administrative support (11.48%), and sales jobs (9.50%).

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

Because of many things, Colchester is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Colchester 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, Colchester has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Colchester’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Colchester, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.94 minutes every day commuting to work.

The citizens of Colchester are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 38.04% of adults in Colchester have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Colchester in 2010 was $38,599, which is middle income relative to Connecticut, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $154,396 for a family of four.

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

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