New Haven, Connecticut

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The second-largest city in Connecticut, New Haven initiated the first public tree planting program in America, which has earned it the nickname “The Elm City”. In the past 10 years, many parts of downtown New Haven have been revitalized, with new restaurants, nightlife, and retail stores. Established in 1638, New Haven’s historical architecture includes 59 properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Population: The city itself has 129,779 people, and the Greater New Haven metropolitan area has a total population of over half a million.

Climate: Typical of southern New England, New Haven has summers which are warm to moderately hot, with high levels of humidity. Spring and Fall are pleasantly cool with moderate precipitation. Winters are cold and humid, with frequent snowfalls. The annual average precipitation at New Haven is 52.73 Inches.

Cost of living: The cost of living in New Haven is 5.5% less than the Connecticut average and 21% greater than the national average.

Housing costs: The median home cost in New Haven is $187,000 which is 8.5% less than the national average.

Colleges and Universities: Retirees will find many educational opportunities at the University of New Haven, and of course the most famous of all, Yale. Gateway Community College is in the process of consolidating into one campus slated to open for the Fall 2012 semester.

Transportation:Bicycle commuting is popular, and New Haven is part of the East Coast Greenway, a proposed 3,000-mile bike path that would link every major city on the East Coast from Florida to Maine. US Airways flies out of Tweed New Haven Regional, but retirees may prefer to fly out of New York City which is easily accessed by commuter rail, regional rail and intercity rail out of New Haven.

Travel and tourism: Retirees who enjoy fine dining will appreciate that there are 95 top Zagat-rated restaurants in New Haven, the second most in Connecticut and the fourth most in New England. New Haven has a variety of museums and theater offerings, many of them associated with Yale.

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