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 54,927 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, West Haven is the 16th largest community in Connecticut.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, West Haven is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, West Haven is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in West Haven who work in office and administrative support (16.89%), sales jobs (10.60%), and teaching (7.07%).
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.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, West Haven is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the West Haven area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
The education level of West Haven citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 21.22% of adults in West Haven have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in West Haven in 2010 was $25,718, which is low income relative to Connecticut, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $102,872 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 19.26% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in West Haven include Irish, German, English, and Polish.
West Haven also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 15.41%.
The most common language spoken in West Haven is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.