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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
Hamden is a town in Connecticut with a population of 61,206. Hamden is in New Haven County and is one of the best places to live in Connecticut. Living in Hamden offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Hamden there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Hamden and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Hamden are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$226,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,343
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    36%
  • Own
    64%
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Hamden Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    245
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.6
    6.1
  • Rape
    4.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    83.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    218.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,487.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    200.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    17%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    25%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

Working in Hamden

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$75,392
National
$55,322
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Hamden has it all! Great communities, exceptional schools, fabulous restaurants and shopping! Hamden is in close proximity to Yale, Quinnipiac University, SCSU, Albertus, UNH, and all they have to offer. Culture and diversity abound here, free concerts, farmers markets, antique homes and new construction! Come visit our little piece of heaven and you'll never want to leave!
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I like the sense of community. I like being able to shop locally and be familiar with store and shop owners. I have pretty good relationships with my neighbors. We all look out for each other. There are times where I feel out of place if I'm going closer toward Chesire. Overall, I feel safe in the town of Hamden. There's a lot of beautiful places to go walking and just overall enjoy scenery. I also like that everything is pretty much in the same vicinity. Food stores, drug stores, restaurants, and clothing stores are all around in the same area. You don't have to travel far to purchase necessary items, such as food and gas. It's also nice that you don't have to travel far to purchase luxury items, such as clothing and jewelry. I've been in this town my entire life, and wouldn't change anything about it. I would recommend anyone moving to Connecticut to move to Hamden. It's a good place to get started and have a family here. You could also settle down if you want a quiet life.
I loved living in Hamden. There is a wide variety of things to do (restaurants/fast food/shopping/nightlife/hiking), and everything is convenient and nearby.

One thing that always fascinated me about Hamden was the diversity of homes and apartments. There's literally everything in this town. From urban-feeling apartment buildings to rural mansions on a hill in the woods, there are lots of options for housing in Hamden.

I always felt safe when I lived in this community. The police/firefighters are quick to respond to any issues, and there is a strong community feel.

I didn't have kids in school, so I wouldn't really know about the public schools.

There aren't that many jobs in Hamden and the surrounding areas, which is ultimately why I left.