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New Haven, CT

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New Haven is the second-largest city in Connecticut and boasts a beautiful shoreline along the Long Island Sound. Founded in 1638, New Haven created what is now known as the “Nine Square Plan” recognized as a National Planning Landmark. Additionally, New Haven is home to Yale University and founded the first public tree planting program in America giving the city the nickname “The Elm City.” The large, deep New Haven Harbor and the pronounced reddish basalt trap rock ridges, respectfully known as East Rock and West Rock, are the best-known geographical features in the city.

Getting Around in New Haven, CT

The Metro-North Railroad commuter rail provides transportation for New Haven residents to New York City in just under two hours. Additionally, Northeast Regional Rail provides New Haven with high-speed access to New York, Washington DC, and Boston. These routes are ranked the first and second busiest rail routes in the county. An intercity commuter rail is being developed to provide commuters with high-speed rail transportation to Hartford and Springfield by 2016. The New Haven Division of the Connecticut Transit bus system is the second largest division in the state of Connecticut.

Walk Score®
"Very Walkable"
Transit Score®
The average commuter time in New Haven is:
15 to 19 minutes
Explore info about this city
  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 4.52%
  • 10.72%
  • 0.9%

Yale University

<p>The city&Otilde;s largest employer, and what New Haven is best known for, Yale University is in the heart of the city&Otilde;s downtown. With over 12,000 employees, Yale University provides a source of stability and growth to the city&Otilde;s economy. Yale is the 3rd oldest university in America and is New Haven&Otilde;s most popular attraction bringing in over a half a million people to the city each year and attributes millions of dollars to the local economy.</p>

Historical Landmarks

<p>New Haven has a wide variety of historical and architectural landmarks dating back to every important time period in American history. With almost 60 registered national landmarks, tourists and residents alike are never without a great place to visit. The Black Rock Fort, later renamed Fort Nathan Hale after it was burned during the Revolutionary War and then used as a base to defend the New Haven port during the War of 1812. The Grove Street Cemetery, which houses the graves of such famous people as Eli Whitney and Walter Camp, is also one of New Haven&Otilde;s notable landmarks. Lighthouse Point Park is a trendy tourist beach run by the city that was a popular attraction during the 1920&Otilde;s. It is home to the Five Mile Point Light (Lighthouse) and Carousel, which is one of only 100 carousels left in operation.</p>

New Haven Harbor

<p>The New Haven Harbor, located on the north side of the Long Island Sound, is home to the Five Mile Point Light lighthouse and carousel. It is historically the landing site of the British troops during the American Revolutionary War in 1779 and presently is part of the East Coast Greenway system. Additionally, the New Haven Harbor has a deep water seaport known as the Port of New Haven which provides berthing for vessels and barges, can handle 200 plus trucks per day, and has access to rail transportation.</p>