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As of the census
Census
A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. It is a regularly occurring and official count of a particular population. The term is used mostly in connection with national population and housing censuses; other common...

of 2000, there were 14,687 people, 5,286 households, and 4,101 families residing in the town. The population density
Population density
Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and particularly to humans...

 was 385.1 people per square mile (148.7/km²). There were 5,486 housing units at an average density of 143.8 per square mile (55.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was:
  • 88.23% White
  • 3.51% Native American
  • 2.70% Hispanic or Latino of any race
  • 2.50% African American
  • 2.19% Asian
  • 0.07% Pacific Islander
  • 0.84% from other races
    Race (United States Census)
    Race and ethnicity in the United States Census, as defined by the Federal Office of Management and Budget and the United States Census Bureau, are self-identification data items in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify, and indicate whether or not they are...

  • 2.66% from two or more races


There were 5,286 households out of which 39.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.2% were married couples
Marriage
Marriage is a social union or legal contract between people that creates kinship. It is an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged in a variety of ways, depending on the culture or subculture in which it is found...

 living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.4% were non-families. 16.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.12.

The ages of Ledyard's population were spread out with:
  • 28.3% under 18
  • 6.3% from 18 to 24
  • 31.0% from 25 to 44
  • 25.4% from 45 to 64
  • 9.0% from 65 years of age or older.


The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 97.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $62,647, and the median income for a family was $69,214. Males had a median income of $46,582 versus $32,339 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
Per capita income or income per person is a measure of mean income within an economic aggregate, such as a country or city. It is calculated by taking a measure of all sources of income in the aggregate and dividing it by the total population...

 for the town was $24,953. About 2.9% of families and 4.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.5% of those under age 18 and 2.7% of those age 65 or over.
Voter Registration and Party Enrollment as of October 25, 2005
Party Active Voters Inactive Voters Total Voters Percentage
Republican
Republican Party (United States)
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2,350 104 2,454 27.07%
Democratic
Democratic Party (United States)
The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Republican Party. The party's socially liberal and progressive platform is largely considered center-left in the U.S. political spectrum. The party has the lengthiest record of continuous...

1,879 85 1,964 21.66%
Unaffiliated 4,404 245 4,649 51.27%
Minor Parties 0 0 0 0.0%
Total 8,633 434 9,067 100%

Schools



Ledyard has four elementary schools, a middle school and a high school.

Elementary Schools:
  • Gales Ferry School (Grades K through 2)
  • Gallup Hill School (Grades K through 6)
  • Juliet W. Long School (Grades 3 through 6)
  • Ledyard Center School (Grades K through 6)


Middle School:
  • Ledyard Middle School (Grades 7 & 8)


High School:
  • Ledyard High School (Grades 9 through 12)

Employers


The Naval Submarine Base New London
Naval Submarine Base New London
Naval Submarine Base New London is the United States Navy's primary submarine base, the "Home of the Submarine Force", and "the Submarine Capital of the World".-History:...

, located immediately south of Ledyard in Groton, is a significant employer of Ledyard residents. Other major employers include Foxwoods Resort Casino
Foxwoods Resort Casino
Foxwoods Resort Casino is a hotel-casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States. Together with the MGM Grand at Foxwoods, it is one of the largest casino complexes in the world in terms of floor space for gaming. The entire resort comprises of space. The casino has over 380 gaming tables...

, Electric Boat
Electric boat
While a significant majority of water vessels are powered by diesel engines, with sail power and gasoline engines also remaining popular, boats powered by electricity have been used for over 120 years. Electric boats were very popular from the 1880s until the 1920s, when the internal combustion...

, and Pfizer
Pfizer
Pfizer, Inc. is an American multinational pharmaceutical corporation. The company is based in New York City, New York with its research headquarters in Groton, Connecticut, United States...

.

Television


Ledyard was featured on an episode of the MTV
MTV
MTV, formerly an initialism of Music Television, is an American network based in New York City that launched on August 1, 1981. The original purpose of the channel was to play music videos guided by on-air hosts known as VJs....

 show, MADE
Made (TV series)
MTV's MADE is a self-improvement reality television series broadcast on MTV. The series follows teens who have a goal and want to be "made" into things like singers, athletes, dancers, skateboarders, etc. The teens are joined by a "Made Coach", an expert in their chosen field, who tries to help...

, in which Katherine, a shy, book-loving teenager, is made into Miss Congeniality in her town's beauty pageant for Miss Ledyard Fair.

On the National Register of Historic Places

  • Applewood Farm
    Applewood Farm
    Applewood Farm is a farmstead in Ledyard, Connecticut that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. In 1987, the property included two contributing buildings and three other contributing structures....

    —founded in 1826, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.
  • Gurdon Bill Store
    Gurdon Bill Store
    The Gurdon Bill Store is located in Ledyard, Connecticut. The building was built in 1818 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 12, 1982....

    —built in 1818, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
  • Nathan Lester House
    Nathan Lester House
    The Nathan Lester House is a farmstead house built in 1793. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.It is located in the Gales Ferry section of Ledyard, Connecticut....

    —built in 1793, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
  • Main Sawmill
    Main Sawmill
    The Main Sawmill is located in Ledyard, Connecticut. The sawmill was built in 1869 by Israel Brown.-History:A sawmill was built on the site in the 1790s by Nathaniel Brown II and Increase B. Stoddard. Philip Gray purchased the mill in 1805 and built a dam on an adjacent pond. Gray sold the mill in...

    —built in 1869, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
  • Mashantucket Pequot Reservation Archeological District
    Mashantucket Pequot Reservation Archeological District
    The Mashantucket Pequot Reservation Archeological District is a historic district in the northeast corner of the town of Ledyard, Connecticut that includes nearly of archeologically sensitive land in the northern portion of the uplands historically called Wawarramoreke by the Mashantucket Pequot...

    —added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 and declared a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1993.
  • Perkins-Bill House
    Perkins-Bill House
    The Perkins-Bill House is a Colonial style farmstead house in the Gales Ferry section of Ledyard, Connecticut, that was built in 1781. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000....

    —built in 1781, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.
  • Capt. Mark Stoddard Farmstead
    Capt. Mark Stoddard Farmstead
    The Capt. Mark Stoddard Farmstead in the Gales Ferry section of Ledyard, Connecticut, was built in 1770. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992....

    —built in 1770, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.

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