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Overview

Introduction to New London, Connecticut

New London is a seaport town situated in southeastern Connecticut near the mouth of the Thames River. The United States Coast Guard Academy is located in the city. The town was a prominent base for American naval activities during the American Revolution. The downtown area features a large number of noteworthy historic structures. The famous playwright Eugene O'Neill resided in the city for years and a family home is now a museum and a Registered National Landmark.

Culture

A substantial number of peace rallies have been held in the city which typically occur near the Soldier's Monument. A notable active Green Party is located in New London. A significant number of businesses located downtown offer products to residents who are interested in being globally responsible and prefer to buy "fair trade" products to help the poor in the world. Arts and theater are prominent in New London.

History

In 1646 John Winthrop established a settlement in the area known as Pequot which was the name of an Indian tribe. It later took the name New London from the famous city in England. The Battle of Groton Heights occurred during the American Revolutionary War in 1781. During the clash, the city was severely damaged by a fire started by Benedict Arnold. His goal was to ruin the colonial fleet and the Americans' supplies. During the 19th Century New London prospered due to being a major whaling port and a prominent center for trading. Numerous homes and structures were built due to the prosperous whaling and trading activities.

Transportation

Amtrak offers rail transportation for the city and Southeast Area Transit provides bus service. The town is served by the Groton-New London Airport. The T.F. Green and Bradley International airports are in the vicinity.

Attractions

  • The Hygienic showcases local artwork
  • Gardes Arts Theatre features a wide variety of performances
  • The prominent Lyman Allyn Art Museum is situated on the campus of Connecticut College and is an impressive looking building
  • Connecticut College Arboretum
  • Ye Antientist Burial Ground
  • The Olde Town Mill
  • Fort Griswold
  • United States Coast Guard Band
  • The "I Am Festival" is one of the biggest music festivals that occurs on the East Coast
  • Hempstead House is from the Colonial days
  • Monte Cristo Cottage
  • The United States Coast Guard Academy provides tours for the public
  • The USCGC Eagle is the Coast Guard training tall ship and is in port for a portion of the year and tours are offered
  • Ocean Beach Park features nightly entertainment, a boardwalk and a nature walk
  • The New London's Harbor Lighthouse
  • Shaw Perkins Mansion had been restored and features antique furniture, artwork and numerous artifacts

Higher Education

The city is home to Connecticut College which is known for having an artistic and outspoken college community.

Demographics

People

Total Population27,218
Male Share of the Population47.7%
Female Share of the Population52.3%
Senior Citizens10.3%
Employed Population 16+13,238
Age of the Population31

Families

% of people married28%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher23.7%
Median Earnings25+$30,659
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,987
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,054

Wealth

Median Family Income$39,494
% Above Poverty Level71.8%
% Below Poverty Level28.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home8.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work12.2%
% Using Public Transportation3.4%

Housing

People Living Alone40.9%
Median Gross Rent$914
Median House Value$183,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)47.7%
Irish13.7%
Italian9.8%
English6.8%
Polish4%
French Except Basque3.4%
West Indian3.2%
Haitian2.2%
Canadian2%
Russian1.1%
Swedish0.9%
Arab0.8%
Greek0.7%
Norwegian0.6%
Scottish0.6%
Welsh0.6%
Portuguese0.6%
Jamaican0.6%
Dutch0.5%
Guyanese0.4%
Finnish0.4%
Austrian0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Swiss0.2%
African0.2%
Albanian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Turkish0.1%
Barbadian0.1%
US Virgin Isl0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Cape Verdean0.1%
German0.1%
Australian0.1%
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New London Almanac

CategoryValue
County New London County
Standard Zip Codes6320
Phone Area Codes860
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.35
Approximate Longitude-72.1

New London Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationGROTON
Distance3.5 miles
Jan Temp20 to 38 F
Apr Temp38 to 56 F
Jul Temp63 to 81 F
Oct Temp43 to 63 F
Annual Precip48.7 inches
StationGREENPORT POWER HOUSE
Distance22.5 miles
Jan Temp24 to 38 F
Apr Temp40 to 55 F
Jul Temp66 to 80 F
Oct Temp48 to 63 F
Annual Precip45.9 inches
StationKINGSTON
Distance30.7 miles
Jan Temp19 to 38 F
Apr Temp36 to 57 F
Jul Temp60 to 81 F
Oct Temp40 to 64 F
Annual Precip51.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Groton9,240$62,500
Groton Long Point477$119,375
Mystic4,241$117,135
Niantic3,042$87,159
Norwich40,057$57,677
Stonington18,477$97,288

New London Public Libraries

Public Library Of New London
63 HUNTINGTON ST.
New London, Connecticut
(860) 447-1411

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New London Hospitals

Lawrence & Memorial Hospital
(Non-profit)
365 Montauk Ave
(860) 442-0711

New London Public Schools

Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School
36 Waller Street
ZIP: 6320
Middle
Total Enrollment 624
Early Childhood Center At Harbor
432 Montauk Avenue
ZIP: 6320
Primary
Total Enrollment 124
Interdistrict School For Arts And Communication
190 Governor Winthrop Boulev
ZIP: 6320
Middle
Total Enrollment 262
Jennings School
50 Mercer Street
ZIP: 6320
Primary
Total Enrollment 537
Multicultural Magnet School
One Bulkeley Place
ZIP: 6320
Primary
Total Enrollment 533
Nathan Hale Magnet Elementary School For The Performing & V
432 Montauk Avenue
ZIP: 6320
Primary
Total Enrollment 471
New London High School
490 Jefferson Avenue
ZIP: 6320
High
Total Enrollment 886
Winthrop Elementary Magnet Stem School
74 Grove Street
ZIP: 6320
Primary
Total Enrollment 558

New London Private Schools

Solomon Schechter Academy
660 Ocean Ave
ZIP: 6320
Elementary
Total Enrollment 29
St Joseph School
25 Squire St
ZIP: 6320
Elementary
Total Enrollment 194
St Mary's Star Of The Sea
16 Huntington St
ZIP: 6320
Elementary
Total Enrollment 105
Williams School
182 Mohegan Ave
ZIP: 6320
Secondary
Total Enrollment 260
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