- Niantic (East Lyme)
Niantic is a
census-designated place(CDP) and village in the Town of East Lyme, Connecticutin the United States. The population was 3,085 at the 2000 census.
Long Island Sound, Niantic Bay is popular for swimming, fishing and boating. Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons, the Niantic Bay Yacht Club organizes sailboat races and the Bay is filled with sailboats. The Millstone Nuclear Power Plantin nearby Waterford is visible on the bay's eastern horizon line.
Beachgoers may want to seek out the local Rocky Neck State Park, whose mile of beach offers much better views of Long Island Sound, including several offshore islands such as
Gardiners Island, Plum Islandand the distant tip of Long Island, Orient Point.
The Rocky Neck beach is known for its sandbar, one of the few places along the Connecticut shoreline free of rocks and stones. At low tide the sandbar lies exposed and bathers may walk out into the water for quite some distance before reaching waist deep water. The sandbar at low tide is a popular place with kids for building sandcastles, digging holes and flinging mud. Besides beachgoing, Rocky Neck also offers camping in the summertime and a large, flat meadow area also has a number of picnic tables and outdoor barbecue grills. Weekends are usually the most crowded time in summer, with many people coming down to the shore to get away from the more intense inland heat.
In the off-season, Rocky Neck is popular with locals for hikes through the woods (the wooded areas of Rocky Neck feature some great hiking trails, but make sure to avoid them in the summer heat when the deer flies, whose bite is nasty, make hiking less than a pleasure). Spring and fall are beautiful times for hiking and enjoying the quieter side of Rocky Neck. On mild winter days one will find local inhabitants enjoing a stroll along the beach.
Once famous for its Niantic River scallops, the scallop population has been in decline for a number of years. Attempts to revive the scallop population have not met with much success, most likely due to increased pollution from the heavy traffic of motorboats on the river Fact|date=February 2007. Nonetheless, boating, fishing and swimming are all popular summer activities up and down the river.
The Book Barnis also a popular Connecticut destination for bibliophiles who love used books.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 9.1 km²(3.5 mi²). 3.8 km² (1.5 mi²) of it is land and 5.4 km² (2.1 mi²) of it (58.64%) is water.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 3,085 people, 1,404 households, and 835 families residing in the CDP. The population densitywas 815.8/km² (2,110.3/mi²). There were 1,756 housing units at an average density of 464.4/km² (1,201.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.63% White, 0.49% African American, 0.16% Native American, 1.23% Asian, 0.42% from other races, and 1.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.11% of the population.
There were 1,404 households out of which 24.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.3% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.5% were non-families. 33.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.81.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 20.3% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 27.0% from 45 to 64, and 17.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 91.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.7 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $54,872, and the median income for a family was $65,077. Males had a median income of $46,887 versus $35,811 for females. The
per capita incomefor the CDP was $27,306. About 1.9% of families and 3.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.2% of those under age 18 and 1.8% of those age 65 or over.
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