Stonington : Connecticut


What It Is Like to Retire in Stonington

Stonington, a former fishing village of about 18,000,  is one of the most charming towns in Connecticut.  The downtown area, which is referred to as the Borough, features two lovely long streets with many good restaurants and interesting shops. There is a big public beach right there, along with the Stonington Harbor Light, the first lighthouse established by the federal goverment.  The surrounding streets are lined with former sea captain's mansions and many public buildings.  Stonington, which has a busy harbor, is a very popular tourist destination, as well as home to many retirees. The town includes portions of Mystic, Old Mystic, Lords Point, and Pawcatuck. The average age is a quite high at 50.


Where to Retire in Stonington and Home Prices

In town there are many antique homes to choose from. Or further out there are properties with acreage.
According to Zillow, the median home value in late 2021, was $436,510 in Stonington. Given the important differences in location near the water and the different towns, plus size and condition of the homes,  prices will vary considerably. Homes and condos in the Borough wil approach and often go over $1 million.


What Is Special about Stonington

Stonington is one of the oldest colonial towns in America. It has had quite a resurgence and is extremely charming.  The Pawcatuck section features the Mechanics Street Historic District.

What Is Not Special about Stonington

It is expensive and also tends to be crowded in tourist season.

Who Will Like Retirement in Stonington

Given that the average age is 48, it is easy to see its popularity with retired people. There are a number of second homes in Stonington often owned by people from NY. It tends to draw a sophisticated crowd who like the charm and antique nature of the town.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Tourism and second homes are a big part of the local industry.

Climate and Physical Environment

Stonington is the last town in Connecticut before Rhode Island.  The waters of New York, Connecticut, and Stonington all come together off Stonington.  It is cool in winter although not as cold as inland, thanks to its proximity to the sea.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The area has a number of tourist attractions, including the Indian casinos of Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. Mystic Seaport is extremely interesting, and kids of all ages like the Mystic Aquarium. There are several high quality restaurants in Stonington.


Crime in Stonington is just under the national average.

Medical Facilities

The nearest hospitals are in Westerly (11 miles) and New London (8 miles).


New London has a small airport with limited commercial service. I 95 and Amtrak run through town.  New London offers ferry service to Long Island.

Valuable Links

Borough of Stonington
Wikipedia page for Stonington


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