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. 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.
The armed forces are a huge part of the life in New London, employing 9.37% of the workforce. While it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy, where the Healthcare and Retail industries employ 16.31% and 13.97% of the civilian workforce, respectively.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.93% 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 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 education level of New London citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 22.54% of adults in New London have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in New London in 2010 was $21,736, which is low income relative to Connecticut, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $86,944 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 29.46% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in New London include Italian, English, German, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in New London is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French Creole.