Guilford, CT
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Guilford 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 22,283 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Guilford is the 50th largest community in Connecticut.

Housing costs in Guilford 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.

Guilford is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 90.36% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Guilford is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Guilford who work in management occupations (16.64%), sales jobs (11.58%), and teaching (10.87%).

Also of interest is that Guilford has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

A relatively large number of people in Guilford telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.88% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

Guilford is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Guilford’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One of the nice things about Guilford 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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Guilford. 60.56% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Guilford in 2010 was $60,003, which is wealthy relative to Connecticut and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $240,012 for a family of four.

The people who call Guilford home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Guilford residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Guilford include Italian, Irish, German, English, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Guilford is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.