Stratford is a larger medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Connecticut. With a population of 52,609 people and 12 constituent neighborhoods, Stratford is the 17th largest community in Connecticut.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Stratford is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Stratford is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Stratford who work in office and administrative support (16.02%), sales jobs (10.42%), and management occupations (9.16%).
Also of interest is that Stratford has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One of the nice things about Stratford 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.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Stratford use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Stratford‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
The overall education level of Stratford citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 31.32% of adults in Stratford have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.
The per capita income in Stratford in 2010 was $34,467, which is lower middle income relative to Connecticut, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $137,868 for a family of four. However, Stratford contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Stratford is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Stratford home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Stratford residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Stratford also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 14.28% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Stratford include Irish, Polish, German, and English.
The most common language spoken in Stratford is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.