New Haven is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Connecticut. With a population of 131,014 people and 31 constituent neighborhoods, New Haven is the second largest community in Connecticut. Much of the housing stock in New Haven was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, New Haven is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, New Haven is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in New Haven who work in teaching (11.25%), office and administrative support (10.18%), and sales jobs (7.81%).
One thing that you will notice about New Haven is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider New Haven a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.
New Haven is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
A lot of people in New Haven take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in New Haven, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.
The overall education level of New Haven citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 33.94% of adults in New Haven have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.
The per capita income in New Haven in 2010 was $24,688, which is low income relative to Connecticut, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $98,752 for a family of four. However, New Haven contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
New Haven is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call New Haven home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of New Haven residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. New Haven also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 30.40% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in New Haven include Italian, Irish, German, English, and Polish.
In addition, New Haven has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (16.39%).
The most common language spoken in New Haven is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.