New Haven, CT
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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 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 noticeable about New Haven, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because New Haven is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes New Haven a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

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.

Many people in New Haven take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among New Haven citizens for affordable 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.

New Haven also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 16.39%.

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