New Haven, Connecticut is a seaport city located on Long Island Sound, protected by the New Haven Harbor. As you explore the area’s rich colonial history, you’ll find that New Haven was founded in 1638 by English Puritans who developed New Haven as the nation’s first planned city. Located at the center of their plan, the 16-acre New Haven Green is a National Historic Landmark. Just across the sound from Long Island, New York, New Haven is home to Yale University which was established in 1701. New Haven residents have the advantage of living in a vibrant university town that attracts innovators, artists, and scholars while still being able to enjoy an amazing array of outdoor activities such as jogging, biking, fishing, kayaking, boating, swimming, birdwatching, and more.
In addition to honoring itself as the ‘Cultural Capital of Connecticut’ for its museums, theaters, festivals, events, and entertainment venues, locals take advantage of the foodie scene. You’ll find over 120 eclectic and ethnic restaurants within two blocks of the New Haven Green, numerous Yale campus food trucks and carts, and abundant farmers markets. The ubiquitous Louis’ Lunch has been serving fast food since 1895 and takes credit for inventing the hamburger. While New Haven’s cultural landmarks certainly keep it on the list of New England cities to visit, you should examine the city’s slightly higher cost of living, crime rate, and unemployment rate before you decide to make your move.