New London is a small city that offers a unique range of cultural, historical, recreational and educational amenities that make the city a great place to live and work. The city contains a variety of commercial areas combined with a collection of intimate residential neighborhoods, a lively downtown and a revitalized waterfront.
Concentrated within a relatively compact area of approximately 6 square miles with a population of slightly more than 25,000 residents, the city contains an extraordinary variety of attractions for a city of its size. Within New London's borders one can find one of the country's leading liberal arts colleges, a nationally recognized arts museum, a concentration of National Register of Historic Places and Districts, one of the finest deep water harbors on the eastern seaboard, the region's major performing arts center and one of the finest recreational beaches on Long Island Sound. The cultural, historical, and recreational resources create a truly unparalleled quality of life that our citizens have all come to enjoy.
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