West Haven, CT
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West Haven profile

Living in West Haven

West 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 55,294 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, West Haven is the 16th largest community in Connecticut.

West Haven is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in West Haven enrolled in college, West Haven has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

One of the nice things about West 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.

The overall education level of West Haven is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 26.11% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in West Haven in 2018 was $31,600, which is low income relative to Connecticut, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $126,400 for a family of four. However, West Haven contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

West Haven is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call West Haven home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of West Haven residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. West Haven also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 25.27% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in West Haven include Italian, Irish, German, English, and Polish.

In addition, West Haven has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (20.83%).

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