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 22,350 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Guilford is the 50th largest community in Connecticut.

Guilford home prices are not only among the most expensive in Connecticut, but Guilford real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Guilford is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 91.40% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Guilford is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Guilford who work in management occupations (14.73%), office and administrative support (12.60%), and teaching (11.90%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.63% 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.

Because of many things, Guilford is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Guilford 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, Guilford has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local 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.

If knowledge is power, Guilford is a pretty powerful place. 57.51% of the adults in Guilford 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 Guilford in 2010 was $52,791, which is wealthy relative to Connecticut and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $211,164 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 Irish, German, English, and Polish.

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