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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 130,322 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.

New Haven is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (11.31%), office and administrative support (10.57%), and food service (8.59%).

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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

New Haven has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, New Haven has quite a high level of public transit users. New Haven’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

The education level of New Haven citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 34.35% of adults in New Haven have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in New Haven in 2010 was $23,527, which is low income relative to Connecticut, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $94,108 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 28.11% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in New Haven include Irish, German, English, and Polish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of New Haven's cultural character, accounting for 16.83% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in New Haven is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.