New London County, CT

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New London County, CT

About New London County, CT

New London County, CT lies along the Long Island Sound coastline in southeastern Connecticut. This county is home to several delightful waterfront towns including Mystic, Stonington and New London as well as Branford, Guilford and Groton offering plenty of activities for all. Its many attractions include Mystic Seaport Museum, Bluff Point State Park and the Montville Nature Preserve. Small-city complex - Eastern Connecticut along the Long Island Sound to 15 miles north along the Thames River.

State: Connecticut
County: New London County
Metro Area: No Metro Area
City: Norwich, Groton, 35 total
Zip Codes: 06360, 06340, 06320, 06415, 06351, 06385, 06355, 06382, 06357, 06371, 33 total
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Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 7 ft above sea level

New London is located where the broad Thames River empties into the Long Island Sound. Norwich lies about 13 miles upriver. New London has a rich maritime history and is now home to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Norwich is an early industrial center, where the first paper and iron nails were made in the mid-1700’s. Both cities remain fairly industrial but have modestly attractive downtown cores with areas of historic buildings. New London is also home to two small colleges.

Norwich has some local arts amenities but is also transforming itself into a regional weekend tourist destination, with large casinos, upscale hotels and spas. The central location to New England and New York just might make this work. Air and many other services are available in Providence, 60 miles northeast. Employment projections have declined. Cost of living, while high, is moderate on a Connecticut scale.

Level terrain with marshes and beach at the coast give way to rolling and wooded terrain to the north. Hills around Norwich rise 500 feet. The climate is New England continental moderated by proximity to water. Summers are warm and humid but with refreshing sea breezes. The inland Norwich area is typically warmer in summer and colder in winter. Winters are cold and wet with occasional periods of more extreme cold. Since the area lies east of the main part of Long Island, coastal “noreaster” storms are strong and can produce significant rain and snow. First freeze is late October, last is late April.

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new london Cost of Living

Central location, historic interest, and attractive setting make new london a great place to live.

-5.6% lower than avg
+12.7% higher than avg
$1,151 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
+0.3% higher than avg
new london Crime
22.5 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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Pros & Cons of new london
   Central location
Harsh winters
   Historic interest
Some urban decay
   Attractive setting
Weak job growth
Cost of Living