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 26,858 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, New London is the 38th largest community in Connecticut. Much of the housing stock in New London was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
9.03% of the workforce is employed in the armed forces, making the military a huge focus of life in New London. Even though it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy. The Healthcare and Retail industries respectively employ 17.89% and 14.34% of the civilian workforce.
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.
New London is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in New London enrolled in college, New London has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.
New London 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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
The citizens of New London are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 24.41% of adults in New London having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in New London in 2018 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.
In addition, New London has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (15.84%).
The most common language spoken in New London is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.