Groton Long Point, Connecticut
Groton Long Point is a political subdivision of the town of Groton, on Long Island Sound
Long Island Sound
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in New London County
New London County, Connecticut
New London County is a county located in the southeastern corner of the U.S. state of Connecticut. As of 2010 the population was 274,055. The total area of the county is , including inland and coastal waters....
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, United States
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. The population was 667 at the 2000 census. Used mostly by families as a summer resort, life in Groton Long Point is very different depending on the season.
The area is administered by the Groton Long Point Association (GLPA), which was established by an act of the Connecticut Legislature in 1921. The act enabled seasonal residents to tax and issue bonds to provide services independent of the town of Groton; typically such municipal corporations provided services that the larger township could not or would not provide. The corporation was not described as borough in the law forming it, but it has the same governmental powers as a borough. Today such a special taxing district can be formed by Connecticut residents on their own without special acts of the Legislature. The area is treated by the U.S. Census Bureau as a borough
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Summer lifeSummer in Groton Long Point runs roughly from mid-June to early-September. The actual living population of the town is dramatically larger during the summer months as nearly every property is either occupied by its owners or rented to summer tenants. The Groton Long Point Yacht Club
Groton Long Point Yacht Club
Groton Long Point Yacht Club was charted in 1934 in the beach community of Groton Long Point, Connecticut and remains active today. Functioning during the summer as something akin to a summer camp, the Yacht Club runs classes in sailing , swimming, tennis and sports...
, a cross between a traditional yacht club and a summer camp, runs many classes for children. These include swimming, sailing, sports and tennis lessons. The Yacht Club also organizes evening events such as dances, movies and scavenger hunts for children; events are also organized for adults and families, including concerts (at nearby Esker Point), dances, and fireworks.
Just as the number of people in GLP increases dramatically during the summer months compared to the winter months, the number of people around during summer weekends increases dramatically compared to summer weekdays.
Winter lifeBeing a summer community, Groton Long Point experiences something of an exodus in early September as many of the summer families and the renters exit, leaving only a small number of full-time residents in the fall, winter and spring months. Children remaining often attend nearby Fitch Senior High School
Fitch Senior High School
Robert E. Fitch Senior High School is a public high school located in Groton, Connecticut.The school has offered the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program since the 2004-2005 school year. By the 2006-2007 school year, 75 percent of students eligible for the diploma received it. The school...
, in Groton.
Groton Long Point Volunteer Fire DepartmentThe Point is Protected by the Groton Long Point Volunteer Fire Department
Groton Long Point Volunteer Fire Department
The Groton Long Point Volunteer Fire Department was established in 1951. Functioning year-round, the Fire Department runs fire service and the basic Emergency medical services needs...
, year round. Established in 1951, its purpose: "the preservation of lives and property, the extinguishment of fires, the provision of emergency medical services and social assembly". The Fire Department host events year around, from the 4th of July
Independence Day (United States)
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parade to a Halloween party.
GeographyAccording to the United States Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau
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, the borough has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1 km²), of which, 0.4 square miles (1 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square mile (0.1035995244 km²) of it (4.44%) is water.
DemographicsAs of the census
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of 2000, there were 667 people, 306 households, and 205 families residing in Groton Long Point. The population density
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was 1,529.6 people per square mile (585.3/km2). There were 589 housing units at an average density of 1,350.8 per square mile (516.9/km2). The racial makeup was 95.65% White, 0.15% African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.90% Asian, 0.45% from other races
Race (United States Census)
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, and 2.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.45% of the population.
There were 306 households out of which 20.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.2% were married couples
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living together, 6.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.0% were non-families. 30.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.70.
The population was spread out with 18.9% under the age of 18, 3.3% from 18 to 24, 22.9% from 25 to 44, 33.3% from 45 to 64, and 21.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 95.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.9 males.
The median household income was $87,027, and the median income for a family was $101,217. Males had a median income of $62,426 versus $40,313 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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was $51,066. None of the families and 0.3% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and none of those over 64.