East Haven, Connecticut

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East Haven, Connecticut

Introduction to East Haven, Connecticut

East Haven, Connecticut, in New Haven county, is 3 miles SE of New Haven, Connecticut and 68 miles NE of New York, New York. The town is in the New Haven- Meriden area. There are 28,189 residents in East Haven.

East Haven History

East Haven was obtained on November 29, 1638, by Puritan settlers Theophilus Eaton and Reverend John Davenport. It was then called East Farms. Settlements were established here in 1639. The New Haven colony merged with the Connecticut Colony in 1655 and an ironwork mill was set up here. As this mill became successful, the area came to be known as Iron Works Village. In May of 1707, the name of the town was changed to East Haven and it was officially incorporated in 1785.

East Haven and nearby Attractions

  • Shore Line Trolley Museum
  • Hagaman Memorial Library
  • Maloney Brook
  • Silver Sands Beach
  • Alling Memorial Golf Course
  • Kennedy Field

Things To Do In East Haven

The Silver Sands Beach, Shell Beach, Momauguin Beach and West Silver Sands Beach are very popular tourist spots. One can also indulge in a variety of recreational activities and sports at these beaches. The Trolley Square Shopping Center is the ideal destination for those who love to shop.

East Haven Transportation

JFK Memorial is the nearest major airport.

East Haven Higher Education

Gateway Community College, Yale University, the University of New Haven, Southern Connecticut State University and Quinnipiac University provide higher educational opportunities to the residents of East Haven.

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High Points

East Haven strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Connecticut):

Category Trophy
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy East Haven Low Violent Crime
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% East Haven Low Property Crime

Comparative Profile of East Haven, Connecticut

Comparing East Haven to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Connecticut (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Senior Citizens 9 9
Age of the Population 9 5
Female Share of the Population 8 9
Male Share of the Population 3 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 4
Racial Diversity 2 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 6 3
Average Household Size 5 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 3 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 10 6
Low Property Crime 9 4

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East Haven Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles SE of New Haven, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 68 miles NE of New York, New York
County New Haven
Standard Zip Codes 06512, 06513
Phone Area Codes 203
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.276
Longitude -72.868

East Haven Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 8.7 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 35 F
Apr Temp 37 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 52.7 inches
Distance 20.5 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 36 F
Apr Temp 39 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 43 to 62 F
Annual Precip 52.3 inches
Distance 28.8 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 55 F
Jul Temp 66 to 80 F
Oct Temp 48 to 63 F
Annual Precip 45.9 inches
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East Haven Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 28,189 100%
Male 13,461 47.8%
Female 14,728 52.2%
Under 18 6,255 22.2%
18+ 21,934 77.8%
65+ 4,672 16.6%
Median Age 38.8
Average Family Size 3.08
White 26,475 93.9%
African-American 396 1.4%
Asian 539 1.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 40 0.1%
Other 428 1.5%
Mixed Race 307 1.1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,228 4.4%

Estimated East Haven Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 28,755
Growth 566
Growth % 2%

East Haven Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Italian 53.6%
Irish 11.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.4%
Polish 5.7%
German 5%
English 3.9%
French (except Basque) 1.6%
US/American 1.3%
French Canadian 1.2%
Scotch-Irish 0.9%
Portuguese 0.8%
Russian 0.7%
Swedish 0.7%
Scottish 0.6%
Hungarian 0.6%
Ukrainian 0.5%
Greek 0.4%
Norwegian 0.4%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Jamaican 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, East Haven, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Fair Haven (06513)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

East Haven Public Libraries

Hagaman Memorial Library
227 MAIN ST.
East Haven, Connecticut
(203) 468-3890
Library Web Site

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East Haven High Schools (2004)

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Serves 1,129 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.9

A Special Education School
Serves 37 students.

A Non-traditional School
Serves 1 students.

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