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Overview

Introduction to Old Lyme, Connecticut

Old Lyme, Connecticut, in New London county, is 29 miles SE of Meriden, Connecticut (center to center) and 94 miles NE of New York, New York. The town, which is in the New London - Norwich area, has 7,406 residents.

Old Lyme History

Old Lyme, officially incorporated from the town of Lyme in 1855, is home to the oldest - settled areas of Lyme and so was named Old Lyme. The town, which features colonial and federal architecture, was named after Lyme Regis, a small port on the Dorset coast in England. According to historical record, the first settlers of Lyme in the 17th century were Englishmen.

Old Lyme and nearby Attractions

  • Florence Griswold Museum
  • Lyme Academy of Fine Arts
  • Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut
  • Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park
  • Chatfield Hollow State Park
  • Rogers Lake

Things To Do In Old Lyme

Tourists coming to Old Lyme may visit the Florence Griswold Museum, an art museum which displays a number of Americam Impressionist paintings. Visitors will love going to the Chatfield Hollow State Park. Covering an area of 355 acres, the park offers recreational opportunities from fishing, and swimming, to hiking. The town celebrates the Midsummer Festival every year.

Old Lyme Transportation

Flights are available from Bradley International Airport.

Old Lyme Higher Education

Facilities for higher education include Eastern Connecticut State University, Wesleyan University, and the University of Connecticut.

People

Total Population 7,587
Male Share of the Population 51.3%
Female Share of the Population 48.7%
Senior Citizens 24%
Employed Population 16+ 3,644
Age of the Population 50

Families

% of people married 62.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 53%
Median Earnings25+ $49,215
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $45,266

Wealth

Median Family Income $107,431
% Above Poverty Level 98.8%
% Below Poverty Level 1.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 8.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.8%
% Using Public Transportation 1.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 22.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,224
Median House Value $402,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.8%
US/American 0.5%
English 17.6%
Irish 25.3%

Old Lyme Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 29 miles SE of Meriden, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 94 miles NE of New York, New York
County New London
Metro Area New London - Norwich
Standard Zip Codes 06371
Phone Area Codes 860
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.315
Longitude -72.329

Old Lyme 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 GREENPORT POWER HOUSE
Distance 15.1 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 BRIDGEHAMPTON
Distance 25.4 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 39 F
Apr Temp 39 to 56 F
Jul Temp 63 to 81 F
Oct Temp 44 to 63 F
Annual Precip 47.9 inches
Station MIDDLETOWN 4 W (MERIDEN)
Distance 25.8 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 36 F
Apr Temp 39 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 43 to 62 F
Annual Precip 52.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Old Lyme, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

North Lyme (06371)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Old Lyme Public Libraries

Library
Old Lyme - Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library
2 LIBRARY LANE
Old Lyme, Connecticut
(860) 434-1684
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Old Lyme High Schools

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LYME-OLD LYME HIGH SCHOOL
69 LYME ST.
860-434-1651
Serves 469 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.3

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44 HATCHETTS HILL RD.
860-434-4800
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Serves 78 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.7

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4 DAVIS ROAD WEST
860-434-7238
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