Groton 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 29,170 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Groton is the 25th largest community in Connecticut.
Groton is a military town: the armed forces employs 13.54% of the workforce, making the military a major focus of life in the city. In the civilian sector, Manufacturing and Healthcare are important in the local economy and are the town’s largest civilian employers, employing 17.26% and 12.53% of the civilian workforce respectively.
Also of interest is that Groton 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: 7.68% 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.
Groton, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the town.
One of the nice things about Groton 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.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Groton spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 19.04 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.
The education level of Groton citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 36.17% of adults in Groton have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Groton in 2010 was $36,151, which is lower middle income relative to Connecticut, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $144,604 for a family of four. However, Groton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Groton is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Groton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Groton residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Groton also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 13.45% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Groton include Irish, German, Italian, English, and French.
The most common language spoken in Groton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.