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2021 Top 100 Best Places to Live In America Sponsored by: See homes for sale on Movoto by OJO

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Civics 30
Demographics 66
Economy 72
Education 55
Health 56
Housing 26
Infrastructure 45

#87. New Haven, CT

Best known for being home to the Ivy League’s Yale University, New Haven, CT is a bustling yet down-to-earth city with 133,000 residents. This southern Connecticut community is more affordable than some of its East Coast neighbors like New York City and Boston. It offers a high quality of life, thanks to its thriving restaurant and bar scene, arts and cultural offerings, walkable downtown and outdoor recreation opportunities. 

Top Colleges/Universities: Yale University & Southern Connecticut State University

Top Industries & Employers: Education and health care

Weekend Plans: Visit the Yale University Art Gallery, followed by drinks, dinner and live music on the patio at 116 Crown.

Favorite Place to Feast: Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, a beloved local pizza joint that’s been around since 1925.

Beloved Beverage: The Old Fashioned at Ordinary, New Haven’s oldest tavern and home to the informative New Haven Cocktail Museum.

Outdoorsy Activity: Ride your bike along the Farmington Canal Heritage Greenway, which spans 84 miles between New Haven and Northampton, MA.

Rooftop Bar: Elm City Social, a fun downtown cocktail bar with a pre-Prohibition vibe. 

Why Your Pet Will Love It, Too: Extroverted pooches have a lot of options when it comes to burning off some energy and playing with their friends in New Haven. The city offers a handful of dog parks to choose from, including Union Street Dog Park, East Rock Dog Park and Edgewood Park Dog Park.

Remote Work Perk: Median home values in New Haven are just $202,000, so you can spend more of your remote work paycheck on live music, cycling, a delicious meal or a work of art from New Haven’s Kehler Liddell Gallery.

One More Thing … If you’ve ever enjoyed a juicy, meaty hamburger (and who hasn’t?), you’ve got New Haven to thank. The Library of Congress recognized New Haven restaurant Louis’ Lunch as the birthplace of the hamburger sandwich!

– Sarah Kuta

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