New London is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Connecticut. With a population of 26,939 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, New London is the 38th largest community in Connecticut. New London has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
New London is a military town: the armed forces employs 9.03% of the workforce, making the military a major focus of life in the city. In the civilian sector, Healthcare and Retail are important in the local economy and are the city’s largest civilian employers, employing 17.89% and 14.34% of the civilian workforce respectively.
A relatively large number of people in New London telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.17% 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.
Because there are quite a few people attending college in New London, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, New London provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.
One of the nice things about New London 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.
The population of New London overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in New London, 24.41% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in New London in 2010 was $24,356, which is low income relative to Connecticut, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $97,424 for a family of four. However, New London contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
New London is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call New London home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of New London residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. New London also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 34.68% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in New London include Irish, Italian, German, English, and Polish.
Foreign born people are also an important part of New London's cultural character, accounting for 15.84% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in New London is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.