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 35,967 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Groton is the 26th largest community in Connecticut.
11.54% of the workforce is employed in the armed forces, making the military a huge focus of life in Groton. Even though it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy. The Healthcare and Manufacturing industries respectively employ 16.28% and 16.06% of the civilian workforce.
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: 11.95% 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.
Groton 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.
Residents of the town have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 19.16 minutes getting to work every day.
The citizens of Groton are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 38.65% of adults in Groton have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Groton in 2018 was $40,786, which is lower middle income relative to Connecticut, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $163,144 for a family of four. However, Groton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Groton is an extremely 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 Asian. Groton also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 13.09% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Groton include Irish, English, German, Italian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Groton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.