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Overview

Introduction to West Haven, Connecticut

West Haven, Connecticut is 65 miles NE of New York, New York. It is in New Haven county. The city is part of the New Haven - Meriden metro area. The population of West Haven is 52,360.

West Haven History

West Haven was first settled in by Europeans in 1648. It was a part of the New Haven Colony, but separated in 1719 as the Parish of West Haven. However, it officially continued as a part of New Haven until 1822. West Haven unsuccessfully attempted incorporation in 1784. Following this, it joined with New Milford and was incorporated as Orange in 1822. It separated from Orange in 1721, and became a separate town. Finally, in 1961, it achieved the status of a city.

West Haven and nearby Attractions

  • Ward-Heitmann House Museum
  • Oyster River Beach
  • Yale University Art Gallery
  • Knights of Columbus Museum
  • Morse Park
  • Orange Hills Country Club

Things To Do In West Haven

West Haven provides numerous opportunities for a variety of water sports. Apart from several beaches, the city has a number of parks and golf courses. West Haven also has some excellent museums and art galleries, which provide visitors with several hours of recreation.

West Haven Transportation

Tweed-New Haven Airport is nearby.

West Haven Higher Education

The University of New Haven, Southern Connecticut State University, Gateway Community College and Yale University provide opportunities for higher education.

People

Total Population 55,189
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 13.1%
Employed Population 16+ 26,149
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 37.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23%
Median Earnings25+ $35,666
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,337
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,796

Wealth

Median Family Income $64,358
% Above Poverty Level 85.6%
% Below Poverty Level 14.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.1%
% Using Public Transportation 5.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 31.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,084
Median House Value $200,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 39%
US/American 0%
English 6%
Irish 14.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

West Haven Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 65 miles NE of New York, New York
County New Haven
Standard Zip Codes 06516
Phone Area Codes 203
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.27
Longitude -72.947

West Haven Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station MOUNT CARMEL
Distance 9.3 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
Station MIDDLETOWN 4 W (MERIDEN)
Distance 22.7 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
Station WIGWAM RESERVOIR
Distance 29 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ansonia 19,035 $61,585
Bridgeport 147,340 $45,848
Derby 12,796 $64,134
Milford 53,206 $99,856
New Haven 130,612 $45,540
Shelton 40,783 $103,831

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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West Haven High Schools

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ONE MCDONOUGH PLAZA
203-933-4360
Serves 1,758 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.2

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