While images of the stone towers of Yale University might be the first thing you think of when someone mentions New Haven, CT, this is only the beginning.

This small Connecticut city has expanded far beyond being just an oasis for very bright college students and professors. Today New Haven has become a hub of business and cultural attractions that offers much more than just academic accomplishments. It’s for this reason that so many people are now eager to call New haven home. In this article, we’ll give you an overview of why this small city has become so attractive.

The City

New Haven has a population of 130,000 and is located right on the shore of the Long Island Sound. The city is known as one of the top academic hubs on the east coast as well as offering a high quality of life for its residents. Combining a thriving downtown area with plenty of picturesque suburban neighborhoods, New Haven truly has something for everyone.

Everything Within Driving Distance

Located just 80 miles from New York City and 130 from Boston, New Haven residents enjoy a smaller-town vibe with convenient access to many nearby big cities. Hartford is a short 40 minute drive and includes the closest international airport. You’ll also be just a few hours from world class skiing and a quick drive to many beautiful beaches along the shoreline as well as two very large aquariums.

Downtown New Haven

Stocked with over 100 restaurants, cafes, retail outlets, and cultural entertainment options within a very walkable area, downtown New Haven will never leave you without plenty of options for socializing.

Ever had New Haven-style pizza? Head over to world famous Sally’s Apizza, Pepe’s or Modern Apizza and get ready to become a believer. Then take a short walk to any number of art galleries and museums within a few short blocks.

There are also several hospitals, multiple churches, and a wide variety of service businesses in the city center area.  

An Academic Hub

In addition to world-renowned Yale University, New Haven is home to many other top academic institutions including Quinnipiac University, University of New Haven, Southern Connecticut State University, and Gateway Community College. These schools have established a culture of learning and progress and transformed New Haven from a small city into a true academic and research hub.

Outdoor Activities For Every Season

There aren’t many places where you can enjoy the great outdoors regardless of the season, but New Haven is one of them. Check out nearby Lighthouse Point Park and Dover Beach in the summertime and then take a short drive  up to Vermont in the winter to partake in some of the country’s best ski resorts.

If hiking is your thing, head on over to Eagle Rock Park, West Rock Ridge State Park, or Malty Lakes Nature Preserve, all of which are located within a few miles of downtown.

Whether you’re looking for an active downtown environment or a quiet suburban home, New Haven has the lifestyle and the amenities to suit anyone’s unique tastes.

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