East Lyme 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 18,789 people and five constituent neighborhoods, East Lyme is the 61st largest community in Connecticut.
Housing costs in East Lyme 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.
Unlike some towns, East Lyme isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in East Lyme are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, East Lyme is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in East Lyme who work in teaching (10.52%), office and administrative support (10.40%), and sales jobs (10.31%).
Also of interest is that East Lyme has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Because of many things, East Lyme is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making East Lyme 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, East Lyme has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, East Lyme’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
One of the nice things about East Lyme 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.
East Lyme is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 44.33% of adults in East Lyme 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 East Lyme in 2010 was $43,195, which is middle income relative to Connecticut, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $172,780 for a family of four.
East Lyme is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call East Lyme home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of East Lyme residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in East Lyme include Irish, Italian, English, German, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in East Lyme is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.