Best Places to Live

New Haven, CT

Population: 133,379
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Did you know the first steamboat, hamburger, and wireless radio were developed in Greater New Haven? Suffice it to say, New Haven has a long tradition of innovation. Located between Boston and New York, New Haven is much more affordable than its big-city neighbors. Average monthly rent here is $1,560, nearly half of what’s charged in Boston. Home to Yale University and with a population of 130,000, it’s been said the city is “large enough to be interesting, yet small enough to be friendly.”

Top Industries and Employers: Healthcare and education are industry titans, with Yale University, Southern Connecticut University and local hospitals among New Haven’s biggest employers.

Best Coffee Shop: Serving fair-trade brews, Koffee, a local institution older than most college students, also has an in-house bakery. In the late afternoon it makes a transition and begins serving coffee cocktails, beer and wine.

Best Local Beer/Brewery: East Rock Brewing Company excels in German-style beers (and has a shuffleboard league).

Must-Have Meal: Louis’ Lunch is recognized by the Library of Congress as being the birthplace of the hamburger sandwich. You know what to do.

Best Co-Working Space: District. Lunch breaks are made even better because you’re right by a paddleboard and kayak lunch.

Best Meetup Spot (When Meeting Up Is a Thing Again): Hang out in the urban garden at 116 Crown; ask for the s’mores kit which comes with chartreuse marshmallows.

Creative Hub: The International Festival for Arts & Ideas is an annual gathering that showcases talent, with musicians, circus, theater, as well as engaging speakers. 

Favorite Weekend Activity: Find your favorite pizza spot in Wooster Square, and save room for Italian pastries.

Free Way to Have Fun: Visit the Yale University Art Gallery.

Local Dream Job: Curator at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

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- Brittany Anas

"The city has a lot of new tech and healthcare jobs coming online and thousands of new apartments are being built across town. Pair that with its dining scene, cultural amenities, easy train access to NYC and Boston and a growing regional airport, and the city is an exciting and welcoming community for all. And did I mention we have the best pizza in the world?"

Colin Caplan
Owner and tour Guide of Taste of New Haven and Elm City Party Bike

New Haven, CT Ranking Data

Civic
35
Demographics
85
Economy
51
Education
56
Health
55
Housing
49
Infrastructure
60