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City of Groton, Connecticut
Skyline of Groton
Skyline of Groton
Flag of City of Groton, Connecticut
Location of Groton within New London County, Connecticut
Location of Groton within New London County, Connecticut
Country United States
State Connecticut
County New London
Metropolitan area New London
Incorporated 1964
 • Total 6.8 sq mi (17.5 km2)
 • Land 3.1 sq mi (8.0 km2)
 • Water 3.7 sq mi (9.5 km2)
 • Total 10,389
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,538/sq mi (593.7/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP Code
FIPS code 09-34180
GNIS feature ID 0207531
Airport Groton–New London Airport
Major highways I-95.svg Connecticut Highway 12.svg

The City of Groton is a dependent political subdivision of the town of Groton in New London County, Connecticut, United States. The city was settled in 1655 as Groton Bank, and the area developed into the principal village of the town of Groton. The village of Groton incorporated as a borough in 1903, and the residents of the borough of Groton reincorporated as the city of Groton in 1964. It is the only remaining city in the state of Connecticut that is not governmentally consolidated with its parent town. The population was 10,389 at the 2010 census.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.8 square miles (17.5 km2), of which 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2) is land and 3.7 square miles (9.5 km2), or 54.39%, is water.


See also: List of Connecticut locations by per capita income

As of the census of 2000, there were 10,010 people, 4,230 households, and 2,444 families living in the city. The population density was 3,138.0 people per square mile (1,211.6/km2). There were 4,569 housing units at an average density of 1,432.3 per square mile (553.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 77.72% White, 10.18% Black or African American, 0.93% American Indian, 3.55% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 2.84% from other races, and 4.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.72% of the population.

There were 4,230 households, 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.2% were married couples living together, 17.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.2% were non-families. 33.6% of households were made up of individuals, and 8.3% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.19, and the average family size was 2.77.

The age distribution was 22.5% under the age of 18, 15.7% from 18 to 24, 32.9% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.5% 65 or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 111.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 113.6 males.

The median household income was $40,515 and the median family income was $43,859. Males had a median income of $32,476 versus $28,510 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,239. About 10.3% of families and 9.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.9% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.

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