New Haven, Connecticut, a principal municipality in Greater New Haven, has a long history in New England that dates back to its founding in the 1600s. This well-known college town is approximately 20.1 square miles and is located on the New Haven Harbor. The mean price for housing in this area is $280,082, and homes come in a variety of architectural styles, including Victorian, brick, and colonial. New Haven has a plethora of neighborhoods, including the Long Wharf harbor-side district, The Green, and Prospect Hill.
New Haven currently boasts about 129,779 residents, and it is said to be one of the first towns to be built under an urban planning framework. Its grid plan has "The Green" has its commons area, which houses a number of events such as July Free Concerts on the Green. New Haven is called the "Cultural Capital of the World" for its bourgeoning music, arts, and theater scene. It has also been referred to as "Elm City," as it participated in the first public tree planting program in America. New Haven has been undergoing revitalization since 2000, with new restaurants, small retail stores, and nightlife venues opening in the downtown area. Downtown New Haven is also home to 360 State Street, the largest residential building in Connecticut.
New Haven’s climate lies between humid continental and humid subtropical. It has warm summers and cold winters with moderate snowfall. New Haven’s largest taxpayer and employer is Yale University, one of the top ivy leagues in the country. It is also home to a myriad of historical inventions, such as Eli Whitney’s cotton gin and Charles Goodyear’s vulcanized rubber. In order to better connect New Haven to the rest of New England, the construction of a New Haven-Hartford-Springfield commuter rail line is expected to be completed in 2016. In addition to July Free Concerts on the Green, New Haven is home to other yearly events such as the New Haven Jazz Festival in August and New England’s oldest St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Additionally, Livability.com named New Haven the Best Foodie City in the country.