East Lyme, Connecticut

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East Lyme, Connecticut

Introduction to East Lyme, Connecticut

East Lyme, Connecticut, in New London county, is 31 miles SE of Manchester, Connecticut and 91 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is part of the New London - Norwich metropolitan statistical area. About 18,118 people live in East Lyme.

East Lyme History

The Nehantic Indians were the original inhabitants of this region, but the tribe died out by the mid 1800s. East Lyme was a part of the town of Lyme at that time. It was officially incorporated in 1839. The town of East Lyme has 2 villages under it- the Village of Niantic and the Village of Flanders. The Thomas Lee House, built in 1660, is the oldest home in Connecticut still in existance.

East Lyme and nearby Attractions

  • Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut
  • Millstone Information and Science Center
  • Attawan Beach
  • Bride Lake
  • Rocky Neck State Park
  • Cedar Ridge Golf Course

Things To Do In East Lyme

The Lee House-East Lyme Historical Society, the Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut and the Millstone Information and Science Center are ideal destinations for those who wish to know more about the historical and cultural background of the region. Attawan Beach is a popular tourist spot and there are also many lakes and brooks around East Lyme that are frequented by people of the town.

East Lyme Transportation

The Groton-New London Airport is close by.

East Lyme Higher Education

Opportunities for higher education are offered by Eastern Connecticut State University and the University of Connecticut.

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High Points

East Lyme strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Connecticut):

Category Trophy
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 17% East Lyme Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of East Lyme, Connecticut

Comparing East Lyme to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Connecticut (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Age of the Population 8 5
Racial Diversity 7 9
Female Share of the Population 6 8
Male Share of the Population 6 3
Senior Citizens 4 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 6
Average Household Size 5 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 8 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 9

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East Lyme Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 31 miles SE of Manchester, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 91 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County New London
Metro Area New London - Norwich
Standard Zip Codes 06333
Phone Area Codes 860
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.37
Longitude -72.23

East Lyme Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station GROTON
Distance 10.3 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 38 F
Apr Temp 38 to 56 F
Jul Temp 63 to 81 F
Oct Temp 43 to 63 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches
Distance 20 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 55 F
Jul Temp 66 to 80 F
Oct Temp 48 to 63 F
Annual Precip 45.9 inches
Station STORRS
Distance 29.8 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 34 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 61 to 80 F
Oct Temp 41 to 61 F
Annual Precip 51.6 inches
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East Lyme Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 18,118 100%
Male 8,716 48.1%
Female 9,402 51.9%
Under 18 3,969 21.9%
18+ 14,149 78.1%
65+ 2,284 12.6%
Median Age 39
Average Family Size 2.96
White 15,815 87.3%
African-American 1,154 6.4%
Asian 511 2.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 79 0.4%
Other 220 1.2%
Mixed Race 331 1.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 832 4.6%

Estimated East Lyme Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 18,459
Growth 341
Growth % 1.9%

East Lyme Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Irish 16.8%
Italian 15.3%
English 12.7%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.5%
German 7.9%
Polish 5.5%
US/American 3.6%
French Canadian 3%
French (except Basque) 3%
Scottish 2.1%
Swedish 2%
Scotch-Irish 2%
Russian 1.6%
Ukrainian 1.3%
Portuguese 1.1%
Greek 1.1%
Norwegian 1%
European 0.7%
Lithuanian 0.7%
Nigerian 0.6%
Swiss 0.4%
African 0.4%
Dutch 0.4%
Welsh 0.4%
Canadian 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Romanian 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Danish 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Hungarian 0.3%
Finnish 0.2%
Jamaican 0.2%
Iranian 0.2%
British 0.2%
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East Lyme Public Libraries

East Lyme Public Library
East Lyme, Connecticut
(860) 739-6926
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Student/teacher ratio: 12.8

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