Waterford 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 18,887 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Waterford is the 58th largest community in Connecticut.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Waterford is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Waterford is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Waterford who work in office and administrative support (11.80%), management occupations (11.16%), and teaching (8.88%).
Also of interest is that Waterford has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Because of many things, Waterford is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Waterford really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Waterford perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
Residents will find that the town is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Waterford is worth considering.
One of the nice things about Waterford 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 population of Waterford is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 38.18% of adults in Waterford have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Waterford in 2010 was $42,028, which is middle income relative to Connecticut, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $168,112 for a family of four. However, Waterford contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Waterford is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Waterford home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Waterford residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Waterford include Italian, Irish, English, German, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Waterford is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.