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 27,179 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.
8.94% 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 15.11% and 13.13% of the civilian workforce.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.23% 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.
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.
New London has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, New London has quite a high level of public transit users. New London’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.
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, 21.09% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in New London in 2010 was $21,754, which is low income relative to Connecticut, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $87,016 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 29.32% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in New London include Italian, English, German, and Polish.
New London also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 15.43%.
The most common language spoken in New London is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French Creole.