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.
The armed forces are a huge part of the life in Groton, employing 13.54% of the workforce. While it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy, where the Manufacturing and Healthcare industries employ 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.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.68% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
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 19.04 minutes getting to work every day.
The population of Groton is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 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.