Norwich is a medium-sized city located in the state of Connecticut. With a population of 39,899 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Norwich is the 24th largest community in Connecticut. Norwich has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Norwich is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Norwich is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Norwich who work in office and administrative support (12.55%), personal care services (12.27%), and sales jobs (11.42%).
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Norwich is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Norwich area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
The percentage of adults in Norwich who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 20.12% of the adults in Norwich have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Norwich in 2010 was $27,111, which is low income relative to Connecticut, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $108,444 for a family of four. However, Norwich contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Norwich is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Norwich home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Norwich residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Norwich also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 14.05% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Norwich include Italian, French , Polish, and German.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Norwich's cultural character, accounting for 15.48% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Norwich is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.