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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. New Haven has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, 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 (11.31%), office and administrative support (10.57%), and food service (8.59%).

One of the nice things about New Haven is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy 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 population of New Haven is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 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.