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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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population54,972
Male Share of the Population50%
Female Share of the Population50%
Senior Citizens13.2%
Employed Population 16+26,236
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married35.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher21.9%
Median Earnings25+$35,474
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$24,885
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,164

Wealth

Median Family Income$67,038
% Above Poverty Level84.6%
% Below Poverty Level15.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.2%
% Using Public Transportation6.5%

Housing

People Living Alone32.6%
Median Gross Rent$1,085
Median House Value$193,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)36.3%
Italian20.9%
Irish15.4%
African6.9%
German6%
English5.8%
Polish3.2%
West Indian2.3%
French Except Basque2%
Canadian1.5%
Jamaican1.5%
Russian1.1%
Arab1%
Swedish0.8%
Turkish0.8%
Scottish0.7%
Portuguese0.6%
Hungarian0.5%
Ukrainian0.4%
Haitian0.4%
Greek0.4%
Ghanaian0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Dutch0.3%
Moroccan0.3%
Norwegian0.3%
Danishn0.3%
Cape Verdean0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Barbadian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Albanian0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Palestinian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Croatian0.1%
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West Haven Almanac

CategoryValue
County New Haven County
Standard Zip Codes6516
Phone Area Codes203
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.27
Approximate Longitude-72.96

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)

StationMOUNT CARMEL
Distance9.3 miles
Jan Temp17 to 35 F
Apr Temp37 to 57 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp41 to 62 F
Annual Precip52.7 inches
StationMIDDLETOWN 4 W (MERIDEN)
Distance22.7 miles
Jan Temp20 to 36 F
Apr Temp39 to 59 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp43 to 62 F
Annual Precip52.3 inches
StationWIGWAM RESERVOIR
Distance29 miles
Jan Temp13 to 34 F
Apr Temp33 to 58 F
Jul Temp58 to 83 F
Oct Temp36 to 62 F
Annual Precip51 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Ansonia18,950$65,134
Bridgeport147,022$48,176
Derby12,755$66,087
Milford53,430$103,455
New Haven130,405$45,500
Shelton40,979$102,108

West Haven Public Libraries

West Haven Public Library
300 ELM ST.
West Haven, Connecticut
(203) 937-4233

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West Haven Hospitals

Va Medical Center - West Haven Campus
(Government - Federal)
950 Campbell Ave
(203) 932-5711

West Haven Public Schools

West Haven High School
1 Mcdonough Plaza
ZIP: 6516
High
Total Enrollment 1527
Washington School
369 Washington Avenue
ZIP: 6516
Primary
Total Enrollment 480
Pace
1 Mcdonough Plaza
ZIP: 6516
Other
Total Enrollment 35
Harry M. Bailey Middle School
106 Morgan Lane
ZIP: 6516
Middle
Total Enrollment 872
Alma E. Pagels School
26 Benham Hill Road
ZIP: 6516
Primary
Total Enrollment 343
Edith E. Mackrille School
806 Jones Hill Road At Chase
ZIP: 6516
Primary
Total Enrollment 326
Life Skills
2 Tetlow Street
ZIP: 6516
Middle
Total Enrollment 5
Savin Rock Community School
50 Park Street
ZIP: 6516
Primary
Total Enrollment 478
Seth G. Haley School
148 South Street
ZIP: 6516
Primary
Total Enrollment 451
Carrigan 5/6 Intermediate School
2 Tetlow Street
ZIP: 6516
Middle
Total Enrollment 860
Forest School
95 Burwell Road
ZIP: 6516
Primary
Total Enrollment 478

West Haven Private Schools

Notre Dame High School
24 Ricardo St
ZIP: 6516
Secondary
Total Enrollment 622
St Lawrence School
231 Main St
ZIP: 6516
Elementary
Total Enrollment 167
Our Lady Of Victory School
620 Jones Hill Rd
ZIP: 6516
Elementary
Total Enrollment 147
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