New Haven, Connecticut is located on the northern shore of Long Island Sound in New Haven County, and is part of the New York metropolitan area. With a population of 134,023 (2020 United States Census), it is the third-largest city in Connecticut. New Haven is the principal municipality of the Greater New Haven Area.
New Haven was the first planned city in America. A year after it's founding by English Puritans in 1638, eight streets were laid out in a four-by-four grid, creating what is commonly known as the "Nine Square Plan." The central common block is the New Haven Green, a 16-acre square at the center of Downtown New Haven. The Green is now a National Historic Landmark.
New Haven is the home of Yale University, Albertus Magnus College, Southern Connecticut State University, and Gateway Community College. Yale serves as an integral part of the city's economy. Health care (hospitals and biotechnology), professional services (legal, architectural, marketing, engineering), financial services, and retail trade also contribute to the city's economic activity.
The city has numerous theaters and production houses, museums and musical venues, including Yale Repertory... Theater, Long Wharf Theater, the Shubert Theater; the Peabody Museum of Natural History; Toad's Place, and Cafe Nine. New Haven is home to dozens of Zagat-rated restaurants, representing cuisines from across the world; the best pizza in the country, and the (true) birthplace of the hamburger.
The beauty of the City of New Haven is personified in its parks for residents to enjoy nature. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for New Haven residents by creating an atmosphere of community through people, parks and programs. We are proudly responsible for the stewardship of the Elm City’s over 2,200 acres of parks, and the tree belt.