Home to Yale University, Hamden is an educational Mecca. The public schools spend over $17,000 a year per student, compared to the national average of $12,435. They also keep the student to teacher ratio down to just 15.1. Add the availability of Yale's prestigious resources and you get a school district that competes on every level. Hamden is also very strong economically. The remnants of its manufacturing roots combined with its modern college town nature keep employment up. The median income is an impressive $68,462, almost $20,000 above the national average. Prosperity is the name of the game here.

Hamden, CT, picked by both CNN Money and Fortune Magazine as one of the best small cities in America, sits on the edge of New Haven. Home to 60,000 people, this city is a wide open housing market. Houses of every variety, apartments, condos and land are available in abundance and include every price range.

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