Groton Long Point

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A view of Main Beach
Another view of the ocean from Main Beach

Groton Long Point (GLP) is a political subdivision of the town of Groton, on Long Island Sound in New London County, Connecticut, United States. 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.[1] 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.[1] The corporation was not described as borough in the law forming it, but it has the same governmental powers as a borough.[1] Today such a special taxing district can be formed by Connecticut residents on their own without special acts of the Legislature. [1] The area is treated by the U.S. Census Bureau as a borough although it is not formally incorporated as such.

Summer life[edit]

Summer 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, 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 life[edit]

Being 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, in Groton.

Groton Long Point Volunteer Fire Department[edit]

The Point is Protected by the Groton Long Point Volunteer Fire Department, 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 parade to a Halloween party.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2), of which, 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (4.44%) is water and is adjacent to Mumford Cove.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
2000 667
Est. 2008 681
Population 2000 - 2008[2]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 667 people, 306 households, and 205 families residing in Groton Long Point. The population density 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, 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 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 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Rappa, John. Groton Long Point Association Office of Legislative Research, Connecticut General Assembly. December 15, 2006. Retrieved February 18, 2007.
  2. ^ U.S. Census Bureau Accessed October 20, 2009.
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Coordinates: 41°18′52″N 72°00′28″W / 41.31444°N 72.00778°W / 41.31444; -72.00778