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Overview

Introduction to Groton, Connecticut

The City of Groton, Connecticut, in New London county, is 37 miles SE of Manchester, Connecticut and 87 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. Part of the surrounding New London - Norwich metro area, Groton is home to some 10,010 residents. Note: The Towm of Groton, which includes the City of Groton within it, contains about 40,000 residents.

Groton History

The Nehantic Indians were the first inhabitants in the area now known as Groton. The Pequots arrived later, and were the first to encounter European settlers. The community of Groton was established as a city when it was separated from New London, and officially incorporated in 1705. Groton was named after a town in England. The General Dynamics branch of the Electric Boat company is in Groton providers jobs to many people in the region. It has been designing and producing submarines for the Navy since 1899.

Groton and nearby Attractions

  • Groton Balle Museum
  • Avery House
  • Fort Griswold Battlefield
  • George Lake
  • Shennecossett Beach
  • Bluff Point Coastal Reserve

Things To Do In Groton

The City of Groton provides easy access to a number of historic sites and museums. One can pay a visit to the Fort Griswold Battlefield, the Ebenezer Avery House, the Jabez Smith House or the Submarine Force Museum to learn more about the local history and culture of the area. In addition, Shennecossett Beach offers opportunities to indulge in a variety of water sports.

Groton Transportation

Groton-New London Airport is close by.

Groton Higher Education

For higher studies, one can enroll at the University of Connecticut-Avery Point. Other institutes nearby include Eastern Connecticut State University and the University of Connecticut.

People

Total Population 9,305
Male Share of the Population 53.5%
Female Share of the Population 46.5%
Senior Citizens 11%
Employed Population 16+ 5,010
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 40%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 28.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $61,206
% Above Poverty Level 86.2%
% Below Poverty Level 13.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 3.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.2%
% Using Public Transportation 3.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 36.1%
Median Gross Rent $933
Median House Value $215,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 30.3%
US/American 0%
English 11.5%
Irish 14.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Groton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 37 miles SE of Manchester, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 87 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County New London
Metro Area New London - Norwich
Standard Zip Codes 06340
P.O. Box Zip Codes 06349
Phone Area Codes 860
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.35
Longitude -72.078

Groton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station GROTON
Distance 2.4 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
Station GREENPORT POWER HOUSE
Distance 22.9 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 32.4 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Groton Long Point 510 $116,500
Mystic 3,981 $116,406
New London 27,423 $45,244
Niantic 3,005 $90,139
Norwich 40,254 $58,207
Stonington 18,492 $96,007

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Groton High Schools

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FITCH SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
101 GROTON LONG POINT RD.
860-449-7200
Serves 1,392 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.4

ELLA T. GRASSO SOUTHEASTERN
189 FORT HILL RD.
860-448-0220
A Vocational School
Serves 707 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.9

WEST SIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL
250 BRANDEGEE AVE.
860-449-5630
Serves 324 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.2

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