A+ West Haven Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F West Haven Cost of Living Cost of living is 6% lower than Connecticut
West Haven
11717% more expensive than the US average
Connecticut
12424% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
West Haven cost of living
B West Haven Crime Total crime is 24% higher than Connecticut
Total crime
2,3389% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 439% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
9%Year over year crime is up
West Haven crime
F West Haven Employment Household income is 29% lower than Connecticut
Median household income
$50,8318% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$26,19712% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
8%63% higher than the US average
West Haven employment
F West Haven Housing Home value is 28% lower than Connecticut
Median home value
$193,8005% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,08514% higher than the US average
Home ownership
56%13% lower than the US average
West Haven real estate or West Haven rentals
F West Haven Schools HS graduation rate is 4% lower than Connecticut
High school grad. rates
83%equal to the US average
School test scores
37%24% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
13:116% lower than the US average
West Haven K-12 schools or West Haven colleges

Living in West Haven, CT

West Haven, Connecticut is a medium-sized city with a population of 54,972 residents. With a population density of 5,115 people per square mile, West Haven is well above the nation's average density level. Not a fan of sitting in traffic? One big advantage of living in West Haven is the reasonable commute times to work. With an average one way commute time of 22 minutes, getting to work is faster than the national average of 26 minutes.

Are you trying to ascertain if living in West Haven is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a good experience before relocating to any new city in Connecticut, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. With useful information like cost of living, weather, education, employment, housing and other key data points, finding the best places to live in West Haven and in the areas around West Haven is a much easier task.

The livability score in West Haven is 63 out of 100 and the city is ranked in the 32nd percentile of all cities across America. If we take a closer look at each of the categories individually, we see that West Haven ranks well for amenities (A+) and crime (B). West Haven does not score well for the following: cost of living (F), education (F), employment (F) and housing (F). It might be a good idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy West Haven on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops.

Assuming that West Haven meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in West Haven. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in West Haven are simply unattainable. The median home price for West Haven homes is $193,800, which is 28% lower than the Connecticut average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in West Haven, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.8, which is 0% lower than the Connecticut average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the West Haven area were 3.1% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 1.8%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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      Best Neighborhoods In & Around West Haven, CT

      PlaceScoreMilesPop.
      Annex, New Haven6046,291
      West Rock, New Haven594.64,703
      Newhallville, New Haven584.35,589
      West River, New Haven582.53,413
      PlaceScoreMilesPop.
      East Rock, New Haven584.69,783
      Wooster Square, New Haven583.51,664
      Edgewood, New Haven573.34,305
      Downtown, New Haven573.46,416

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      West Haven, CT: Live, Shop, Work & Play on our Shorelines!

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      Nightlife6/10
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      West Haven was a great place to live and I enjoyed the years I spent there. Quaint and on the small side, West Haven offers a slower pace than some of the larger surrounding areas. The shoreline is beautiful and a great place to spot rare shorebirds especially at the Sandy Point estuary. You can sometimes catch a glimpse of Sammy the harp seal when you are visiting this part of the shoreline.

      When I lived in West Haven I loved the mix of nature, history and the arts. My favorite outings ranged from Long Wharf theater for live plays to the Peabody Museum of Natural History to the beautiful and magnificent West Rock Ridge State Park. Another favorite spot was the historic Bradly Point Park with great views of Long Island Sound. Wonderful for picnics and relaxing afternoons spent with family and friends and only minutes from the historic downtown business district.

      West Haven isn't overly abundant with employment opportunities and the pay scale isn't at the high end but then, neither is the cost of living. Very economical and an overall lovely community to work, live, and raise a family. When I moved from West Haven I really missed some of the great locally owned restaurants like Georgie's Diner and Lorenzo's and there was almost always some great local bands playing in the downtown area. West Haven is also home to the University of New Haven so it's a great town for college students or for anyone wanting to further their education.
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      Source: The West Haven, CT data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).