Greenwich is a larger medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Connecticut. With a population of 62,359 people and 15 constituent neighborhoods, Greenwich is the tenth largest community in Connecticut.
Greenwich home prices are not only among the most expensive in Connecticut, but Greenwich real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Greenwich is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 91.31% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Greenwich is a town of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Greenwich who work in management occupations (19.53%), sales jobs (14.34%), and business and financial occupations (11.41%).
Also of interest is that Greenwich 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: 7.72% 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.
In addition, Greenwich is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.
Because of many things, Greenwich is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Greenwich 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, Greenwich has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Greenwich’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.
One of the nice things about Greenwich 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.
For the size of the town, public transportation in Greenwich is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Greenwich, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
If knowledge is power, Greenwich is a pretty powerful place. 65.32% of the adults in Greenwich have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Greenwich in 2010 was $93,194, which is wealthy relative to Connecticut and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $372,776 for a family of four.
Greenwich is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Greenwich home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Greenwich residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Greenwich also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.05% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Greenwich include Irish, English, German, and Polish.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Greenwich's cultural character, accounting for 23.41% of the town’s population.
The most common language spoken in Greenwich is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.