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Map of Connecticut showing the Southeastern Connecticut region
The Southeastern Connecticut region comprises, as the name suggests, the southeastern corner of the state of Connecticutmarker. It is sometimes referred to as Greater New London or by the tourist slogan Mysticmarker and More.

Southeastern Connecticut has historically been an area heavily dependent on traditional New England economic activities such as fishing, whaling, oystering, and the defense industry. In the present day, the area remains the primary home of the state's fishing and shellfish activity, but has since diversified its economic base to include tourism, gambling, and other services.

The area is home to the United States Coast Guard Academy in New Londonmarker, a United States Navy base in Grotonmarker (also home to Electric Boat where the first U.S. nuclear submarine, the USS Nautilus marker, was launched, on January 21, 1954), a Pfizer research facility, and the Mohegan Sunmarker and Foxwoodsmarker casinos.


There are several official definitions for the region. In all definitions, the following 16 towns are always included:

Southeastern Connecticut

This is an official region administered by the Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments. It consists of 18 towns and oversees land use and transportation infrastructure planning for its member towns. In addition to the towns listed above, the towns of Colchestermarker and Voluntownmarker are also included.

Southeast Service Delivery Area

This definition adds the towns of Lymemarker, Old Lymemarker, and Voluntown to the 16 core towns listed above for a total of 19 towns.

New England City and Town Area

The Norwich-New London NECTA is the metropolitan area surrounding the Norwich/New London urbanized area using towns as building blocks. This definition contains 21 towns and adds the towns of Canterburymarker, Lyme, Old Lyme, Voluntown, as well as the town of Westerlymarker in Rhode Islandmarker.

Metropolitan Statistical Area

The Norwich-New London MSA is a metropolitan area definition using counties as building blocks. It consists of the 21 towns of New London Countymarker and adds the towns of Colchestermarker, Lebanonmarker, Lyme, Old Lyme, and Voluntown.

New London Labor Market Area

This definition contains 22 towns and adds the towns of Canterbury, Old Lyme, Old Saybrookmarker, and Plainfieldmarker, as well as two towns in Rhode Island: Hopkintonmarker and Westerly.

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