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 51,849 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 (14.28%), sales jobs (10.36%), and management occupations (9.11%).
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.
Stratford 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.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Stratford is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Stratford area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
In terms of college education, Stratford is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 33.16% of adults in Stratford have a college degree.
The per capita income in Stratford in 2018 was $38,274, which is lower middle income relative to Connecticut, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $153,096 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 18.03% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Stratford include Italian, Irish, German, English, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Stratford is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.