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.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.88% 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.
Because of many things, Guilford is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Guilford really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Guilford perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
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. 60.56% 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 $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.