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    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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East Lyme is a town in Connecticut with a population of 18,883. East Lyme is in New London County and is one of the best places to live in Connecticut. Living in East Lyme offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many retirees live in East Lyme and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in East Lyme are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$300,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,233
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    23%
  • Own
    77%
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East Lyme Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    8%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    16%
  • 65+ years
    22%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    23%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

Working in East Lyme

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$83,590
National
$55,322
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East Lyme Reviews

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I find living in East Lyme stressful. There are few job options. This is not a place to live as a single person that is uninterested in raising a family. This town is asleep by 8pm most nights. Very few millennial aged people. In the summer the population rises significantly. This can make getting to work, grocery shopping, and enjoying local establishments crowded and difficult. In the winter the locals have boring lifestyles. We are home to one of the nations most profitable power plants (Dominion/Millstone)... my bill was raised 19% one month to the next and I did not receive notifications mentioning where I could get the opportunity to vote against this. There is fierce competition for apartments and homes are expensive. As a person that did not grow up here, it is hard to feel welcome. Lots of small town gossip, it is hard to forge new friendships. I hope to move.
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I love East Lyme! I live here now and I am currently a senior in high school. East Lyme has everything I need, a downtown, a beach, pretty nature spots, places to go with my friends, pretty roads to drive, and stores only a short distance away. I would not want to spend my high school years anywhere else. Also, my experience at school has been wonderful. I have felt supported by teachers and the administration and it has made it possible for me to get into college.
East Lyme is a quaint, friendly shoreline town that has a lot to offer. Oceanside parks and beaches are a main attraction for locals and summer tourists. Local businesses and restaurants brings life and true New England spirit to the town. Small enough to have a tight knit sense of community, but large enough to be recognized for its accomplishments on a national scale. I loved growing up here and look forward to returning every year!