Hamden, Connecticut

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Hamden, Connecticut

Introduction to Hamden, Connecticut

Hamden, Connecticut, in New Haven county, is 72 miles NE of New York, New York. The town is located in the New Haven - Meriden metropolitan area. Hamden has a population of 56,913.

Hamden History

Hamden was originally a part of New Haven and was settled in by Puritans. The land was purchased from the local Quinnipiack Native Americans by Theophilus Eaton and Reverend John Davenport in 1638. It remained a part of New Haven until it was incorporated independently in 1786. The community was named after British statesman, John Hampden. The town experienced significant suburban development after WWII.

Hamden and nearby Attractions

  • Eli Whitney Museum
  • Prayer and Deliverance Church
  • Acme Mall Shopping Cente
  • Butterworth Brook Reservoir
  • Pardee Rose Garden
  • Sleeping Giant State Park

Things To Do In Hamden

The Putnam Cottage Museum and the Eli Whitney Museum have some interesting exhibits depicting the history of the region. The reservoirs and brooks around the town are popular spots among local residents. The Acme Mall Shopping Center, Putnam Place Shopping Center, Caldor Shopping Center, Hamden Mart Shopping Center and Mount Carmel Shopping Center offer a range of entertainment facilities to residents and visitors of Hamden.

Hamden Transportation

Tweed-New Haven Airport provides air transportation facilities.

Hamden Higher Education

Quinnipiac University is the local institute of higher education. Yale University, Gateway Community College and Southern Connecticut State University are all nearby as well.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 12% Hamden Racial Diversity
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Hamden Low Violent Crime
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Hamden Low Property Crime

Comparative Profile of Hamden, Connecticut

Comparing Hamden 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
Female Share of the Population 10 10
Senior Citizens 9 9
Age of the Population 8 4
Racial Diversity 6 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 3
Male Share of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 5 2
Average Household Size 3 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 8 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 9 4
Low Property Crime 9 5

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Hamden Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 72 miles NE of New York, New York
County New Haven
Standard Zip Codes 06514, 06517, 06518
Phone Area Codes 203
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.395
Longitude -72.897

Hamden Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 0.3 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 22.4 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 34 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 51 inches
Distance 31.1 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 39 F
Apr Temp 40 to 59 F
Jul Temp 65 to 84 F
Oct Temp 47 to 65 F
Annual Precip 46.8 inches
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Hamden Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 56,913 100%
Male 26,093 45.8%
Female 30,820 54.2%
Under 18 11,833 20.8%
18+ 45,080 79.2%
65+ 10,054 17.7%
Median Age 37.7
Average Family Size 2.98
White 43,996 77.3%
African-American 8,840 15.5%
Asian 2,007 3.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 75 0.1%
Other 915 1.6%
Mixed Race 1,062 1.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 2,425 4.3%

Estimated Hamden Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 58,180
Growth 1,267
Growth % 2.2%

Hamden 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 28.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.7%
Irish 13.5%
German 5.4%
English 5%
Polish 4.4%
US/American 3.3%
Russian 2%
French (except Basque) 1.6%
French Canadian 1.3%
Jamaican 1%
Scottish 1%
Scotch-Irish 0.8%
Greek 0.7%
Swedish 0.7%
Hungarian 0.6%
African 0.6%
Portuguese 0.5%
British 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.5%
European 0.5%
Lithuanian 0.4%
Canadian 0.4%
Norwegian 0.3%
Eastern European 0.3%
Slovak 0.3%
Dutch 0.3%
Austrian 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
Cape Verdean 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Haitian 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Mount Carmel (06518)
Whitneyville (06517)

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

Hamden Public Libraries

Hamden Library System
Hamden, Connecticut
(203) 287-2686
Library Web Site

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Starbucks in Hamden

(As of 2005)
2100 Dixwell Avenue
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Hamden High Schools (2004)

(Sorted by Number of Students)

Serves 2,163 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.9

A Vocational School
A Title I School.
Serves 597 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.5

A Non-traditional School
A Magnet School.
Serves 187 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.5

A Non-traditional School
Serves 33 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.1

A Non-traditional School

Hamden Colleges

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Paier College of Art Inc

Quinnipiac University

Stone Academy

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