Lyme, Connecticut
First Congregational Church
Coordinates: 41°24′N 72°21′W / 41.400°N 72.350°W / 41.400; -72.350Coordinates: 41°24′N 72°21′W / 41.400°N 72.350°W / 41.400; -72.350
Country United States
U.S. state Connecticut
CountyNew London
Metropolitan areaNew London
IncorporatedFebruary 13, 1667
 • TypeSelectman-town meeting
 • First selectmanSteven Mattson (D)
 • Total34.5 sq mi (89.4 km2)
 • Land31.9 sq mi (82.5 km2)
 • Water2.6 sq mi (6.8 km2)
26 ft (8 m)
 • Total2,352
 • Density68/sq mi (26/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
06371 (Old Lyme PO) and 06439 (Hadlyme PO)
Area code(s)860/959
FIPS code09-44210
GNIS feature ID0213453

Lyme is a town in New London County, Connecticut, United States, situated on the eastern side of the Connecticut River. The population was 2,352 at the 2020 census.[1] Lyme is the eponym for Lyme disease.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 34.5 square miles (89 km2), of which 31.9 square miles (83 km2) is land and 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2), or 7.63%, is water.

Principal communities

Other minor communities and geographic areas are Becket Hill, Bill Hill, Brockway's Ferry (also known as Brockway Landing), Brush Hill, Elys Ferry, Grassy Hill, Gungy, Joshuatown, Lord Hill, Mt. Archer, Pleasant Valley, Rogers Lake West Shore, and Sterling City.

State parks and forests

Selden Neck State Park and Becket Hill State Park Reserve are wholly located in Lyme. Nehantic State Forest and Gillette Castle State Park are partly located in Lyme.

Principal bodies of water

Coves along the Connecticut River

Lakes and ponds

Rivers, creeks , and brooks

Public buildings

Civic and fraternal



On the National Register of Historic Places


The historic Emerson Cemetery, Mt. Archer Road, donated in 2018 to the Town of Lyme by the Jewett Family
The historic Emerson Cemetery, Mt. Archer Road, donated in 2018 to the Town of Lyme by the Jewett Family

In February 1665, the portion of the territory of the Saybrook Colony east of the Connecticut River was set off as the plantation of East Saybrook, which included present-day Lyme, Old Lyme, and the western part of East Lyme. In 1667, the Connecticut General Court formally recognized the East Saybrook plantation as the town of Lyme, named after Lyme Regis, a coastal town in the south of England. The eastern portion of Lyme (bordering the town of Waterford) separated from Lyme in 1823 and became part of East Lyme. The southern portion of Lyme (along Long Island Sound) separated in 1855 as South Lyme (renamed Old Lyme in 1857). Both changes were consistent with the then-existing laws of the state of Connecticut.


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[2]

See also: List of Connecticut locations by per capita income

2010 census

As of the 2010 census, Lyme had a population of 2,406. Its racial and ethnic makeup was 96.5% non-Hispanic white, 0.1% non-Hispanic black, 0.1% non-Hispanic Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0.1% non-Hispanic from some other race, 0.6% from two or more races and 1.7% Hispanic or Latino.[3]

2000 census

As of the 2000 census,[4] there were 2,016 people, 854 households, and 613 families residing in the town. The population density was 63.3 people per square mile (24.4/km2). There were 989 housing units at an average density of 31.0 per square mile (12.0/km2). Of the 854 households, 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.2% were married couples living together, 4.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.2% were non-families. 23.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.76. 20.3% of the population was under the age of 18; 3.1% from 18 to 24; 22.0% from 25 to 44; 34.7% from 45 to 64; and 19.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.5 males.

The median income for a household was $73,250, and the median income for a family was $82,853. Males had a median income of $56,188 versus $44,750 for females. The per capita income was $43,347. 1.2% of the population was living below the poverty line.

Voter registration

Voter registration and party enrollment as of October 26, 2021[5]
Party Active voters Inactive voters Total voters Percentage
Republican 462 8 470 24.0%
Democratic 738 8 746 38.1%
Unaffiliated 697 18 715 36.5%
Minor Parties 26 0 26 1.3%
Total 1,923 34 1957 100%


According to the United States Census Bureau, as of 2017 the largest (those over 1% of the population) self-identified ancestry/ethnic groups in Lyme were:[6]

Largest ancestries (2017) Percent
English 30.5%
Irish 19.8%
German 14.2%
Italian 11.7%
American 7.3%
Polish 6.3%
Scottish 4.9%
French-Canadian 3.5%
Swedish 2.4%
Norwegian 1.6%
Swiss 1.5%
Russian 1.2%

Public transportation

The Estuary Transit District provides public transportation throughout Lyme and the surrounding towns through its 9 Town Transit Service. Services include connections to Old Saybrook station, served by Amtrak and Shore Line East railroads.

Lyme in literature, art, and film

Notable people

Note: Some of the earlier notables on this list were residents of the part of Lyme that is now Old Lyme.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Census - Geography Profile: Lyme town, New London County, Connecticut". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 17, 2021.
  2. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  3. ^ 2010 census report on Lyme
  4. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "Registration and Party Enrollment Statistics as of October 26, 2021" (PDF). Connecticut Secretary of State. Retrieved 2022-01-31.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2020-02-13. Retrieved 2019-05-26.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Burton, K. Old Lyme, Lyme, and Hadlyme. Arcadia Publishing,Charleston, SC, 2003 pp. 7–8.