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  1. Public Schools
    C-
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C-
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A+
Downtown is a neighborhood in New Haven, Connecticut with a population of 12,169. Downtown is in New Haven County and is one of the best places to live in Connecticut. Living in Downtown offers residents a dense urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Downtown there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Downtown and residents tend to be liberal.
About Downtown...
Population
12,169

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$159,765
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,220
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    93%
  • Own
    7%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$40,293
National
$55,322
Families with Children
8%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    52%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    28%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    6%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    10%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Downtown Reviews

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Yale University opens its Fitness Center to the public which offers a variety of gym services (weight rooms, pool, cardio rooms, workout classes) for a reasonable price. Yale-New Haven hospital also offers quality medical assistance when needed, usually without too long of a wait. There are some areas in New Haven that are generally of a lower income, which unfortunately leads to malnourishment and obesity in many children. It isn't rare to see an overweight child or family walking in the neighborhood. In regards to alcohol and drug safety, around the university is a but more chaotic, however both Yale Police and New Haven police work together to quickly shut down any excessive disturbances, cases of public drunken belligerence, etc.
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Connecticut has the nation's largest income/inequality gap in the country. This is apparent in New Haven where one second you will see the homes of wealthy Yale professors and the next a struggling neighborhood of New Haven locals. There is an apparent amount of homelessness in the city. Throughout New Haven you will see lots of people from different ethnic backgrounds, particularly African Americans and people of Latino origin. New Haveners are friendly enough, but don't expect to be greeted warmly when passing someone of the street or asking for directions.
New Haven in many ways is a city divided. Yale University, located in downtown New Haven, commands both a lot of physical space as well as tourist attention. Traffic around the school can be terrible at times, but in general it is pretty easy to get around New Haven-- taxis and buses and frequent and go mostly anywhere you'd need them to. While there is a certain amount of tension surrounding the university and community-- New Haven is by no means a college town-- the city itself offers a variety of entertainment and restaurant options to appeal to both the college student and local epicurean. The New Haven restaurant scene is flourishing and certainly the most exciting aspect of life in the area.