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Overview

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.

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 existence.

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.

People

Total Population 18,876
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 20.6%
Employed Population 16+ 8,717
Age of the Population 47

Families

% of people married 53.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 45%
Median Earnings25+ $51,432
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $30,341
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,500

Wealth

Median Family Income $102,071
% Above Poverty Level 95.4%
% Below Poverty Level 4.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.1%
% Using Public Transportation 1.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 25.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,201
Median House Value $307,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.9%
US/American 0.2%
English 14.3%
Irish 22%

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

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

Notes:

  • 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
Station GREENPORT POWER HOUSE
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

East Lyme Public Libraries

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East Lyme Public Library
39 SOCIETY ROAD
East Lyme, Connecticut
(860) 739-6926
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East Lyme High Schools

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EAST LYME HIGH SCHOOL
30 CHESTERFIELD RD.
860-739-6946
Serves 1,234 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.8

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BOSTON POST ROAD
860-739-3966
A Non-traditional School

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