East Lyme, CT
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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 19,343 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.

East Lyme is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 86.23% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. 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 office and administrative support (11.20%), management occupations (10.66%), and teaching (10.47%).

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 very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, East Lyme really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is East Lyme perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

East Lyme is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

The education level of East Lyme ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in East Lyme, 42.11% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in East Lyme in 2010 was $40,313, which is middle income relative to Connecticut, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $161,252 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 Italian, English, German, and Polish.

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