Facts & Information on New Haven CT

Local Information for New Haven, Connecticut

Home of the Ivy League’s Yale University, New Haven, CT is the second largest city in Connecticut. It had a population of 129,779 and a median household income of $38,963 as of the 2010 Census.

New Haven was founded in 1638 by English Puritans when the Quinnipiac Native Americans, the original inhabitants who were under attack by neighboring tribes, sold their land in return for protection. The original design for the city included the central common block known as New Haven Green, a 16-acre square that is now a National Historic Landmark and the center of downtown New Haven. Many neighborhoods in this area feature breathtaking 19th and 20th century architecture.

Also known for its large, deep harbor, New Haven was given the nickname “The Elm City” after it conducted the first public tree planting program in America, which included a number of very large, mature elms.


New Haven is served by an extensive transportation network of rail services through Union Station and State Street Station, including Metro-North Railroad, Shoreline East and Amtrak, allowing residents to reach New York City in less than two hours. The New Haven Division of CT Transit offers 24 bus routes originating from the New Haven Green with service to 19 municipalities.

Major roadways in New Haven include Interstates 95 and 91, the Wilbur Cross Parkway (Route 15), US Route 1, and Routes 10, 63 and 34. There are also a number of bicycle lanes for getting around New Haven, as well as covered bike parking at Union Station. New Haven’s Tweed Airport continues a tradition of air travel that dates back to 1785 when a Yale tutor launched two hot air balloons on the site.

Schools & Education

New Haven Public Schools include nine high schools, 31 elementary and middle schools, and four transitional schools, as well as the largest magnet program in Connecticut. A number of charter and private schools attract students from neighboring communities, including Hopkins School, a private school founded in 1660, the fifth oldest educational institution in the nation.

Led by Yale University of the Ivy League, New Haven is home to a number of institutions of higher learning. Quinnipiac University, Southern Connecticut State University, Albertus Magnus College, University of New Haven, GateWay Community College, and Housatonic Community College are all in New Haven. 


New Haven is well-known for its ethnic cuisine, from Malaysian and Ethiopian to Korean and Jamaican food. The downtown restaurant Ibiza has been recognized by Equire, Wine Spectator and the New York Times for its outstanding Spanish food. New Haven even has its own style of pizza called apizza (pronounced ah-BEETS), which was first introduced at the legendary Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria Napoletana in 1925, while Louis’ Lunch is credited with inventing the hamburger and steak sandwich.

Attractions & Things To Do

New Haven has a rich cultural heritage, from museums and theatres to music festivals and entertainment throughout the year, including the New Haven Jazz Festival, the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and the Wooster Square Cherry Blossom Festival.

To learn more about what New Haven has to offer, visit the official website of the City of New Haven, CT. or check out our New Haven, CT apartment rentals.

About New Haven

Inspiring New Haven County, CT  is an enclave of independent thinking, culture and spirit.  From the sparkling shoreline beaches to the inland forests, the area is booming with education and innovation.  Your New Haven County rental apartment is in the literal center of it all.

Situated in south central Connecticut , New Haven County is known for a concentration of top academic institutions, including Yale University, University of New Haven, Quinnipiac College, Southern Connecticut State University, and Albertus Magnus College for Women.

The academic attitude gives all New Haven County residents and local schools access to top cultural, historical, athletic, teaching and medical facilities.

That includes three of New England’s top 50 hospitals: Yale-New Haven Hospital, the Hospital of St. Raphael, and the VA Medical Center.

New Haven County’s vibrant growth and desirable quality of life is supported by a healthy economic base that includes thriving manufacturing, electronics, and service industries.

A strong infrastructure of major roadways and commuter rail lines provide easy travel through the county’s 862 square miles and 29 towns, as well as to New York and Boston.  New Haven itself is served locally by a commuter rail line, to the north and south by Amtrak, and to New York by Metro-North.  New Haven’s Tweed airport connects flyers to Philadelphia, and from there to destinations worldwide.

Step out of your New Haven County apartment in Hamden, CT and head north to Waterbury or south to Long Island Sound. Plan a day on the water, or camp deep in a state park.  Visit museums or theaters, festivals and dairy farms. Choose from a dozen top golf courses, three of which are right on your rental doorstep.  Take advantage of nearby Connecticut state properties with their river and lake shores or lounge on sandy beaches. Pursue outdoor sports in winter and summer.  Visit the famous 67-foot brontosaurus fossil at the Peabody Museum’s Hall of Dinosaurs.

And don’t forget the entertainment resource that is New Haven, CT. Perhaps best known as the home of Yale University, New Haven is the second largest city in Connecticut and the sixth largest in New England. You’ll find collegiate sports, major concert events, shops, museums, festivals, and 56 Zagat-rated restaurants – the most in Connecticut.

Your Garden Communities New Haven County apartment puts you at the center of an energized, enriching community, surrounded by history and scenery that’s hard to beat.