Stonington is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Connecticut. With a population of 18,370 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Stonington is the 63rd largest community in Connecticut. Stonington has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns.
Housing costs in Stonington are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Connecticut.
Stonington is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Stonington is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Stonington who work in management occupations (11.40%), office and administrative support (9.87%), and teaching (9.57%).
Of important note, Stonington is also a town of artists. Stonington has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Stonington’s character.
Also of interest is that Stonington has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
A relatively large number of people in Stonington telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.66% 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.
Stonington 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
The education level of Stonington ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Stonington, 47.49% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Stonington in 2010 was $44,599, which is upper middle income relative to Connecticut, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $178,396 for a family of four. However, Stonington contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Stonington home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Stonington residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Stonington include English, Italian, German, and French .
The most common language spoken in Stonington is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.