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New Haven, CT

Population: 133,379
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New Haven is best known for being the home of Yale University, but that’s just one of the many fantastic things the city has to offer. New Haven’s food scene is amazing, and the city’s many local businesses create a sense of true community that’s increasingly hard to find.

The city ranked high in infrastructure, as it’s delightfully walkable and has lots of convenient train access to other cities. Spend a weekend exploring New Haven’s quirky shops and delightful restaurants and you just might want to stay forever.

Local Obsession: The Yale Bulldogs, obviously!

Climate Described in 6 Words Or Less: Fall on campus = Ivy League postcard

Top Industries and Employers: Yale is one of the top employers in the area, as are New Haven’s local hospitals. Other major employers include Southern New England Telephone Company and Southern Connecticut State University.

Local Dream Job: Researcher at the Yale Canine Cognition Center

Quintessential Meal: White clam pizza at Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, a beloved local joint that’s been around since 1925.

Favorite Weekend Activity: Curling up with some great reading in one of New Haven’s many cozy book shops or cafes.

After-Work Meetup Spot: Elm City Social

Best Brewery/Local Beer: East Rock Brewing Co.

Beloved Bookstore: Book Trader Cafe

Free Way to Have Fun: Wandering through the Yale campus and pretending you’re a model in a college brochure (or Rory Gilmore).

Hidden Gem: Free artistic inspiration at the Yale University Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art.

- Claire Hannum

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“New Haven has college town vibes, with proximity to other cities and an amazing food and bar scene. Find a home that is in the surrounding areas of downtown, anywhere from Westville to East Rock is close enough to downtown without the high prices.”

- Alex Dakoulas, founder of indie boutique Strange Ways

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