About Hamden County
The Town of Hamden is an enchanting community set amid mountains and lush, rolling hills along the Quinnipiac River in southern Connecticut, just a few miles north of Long Island Sound. Hamden’s founders were part of the first European settlement in the Colonies, and the town still retains much of its historic charm.
Hamden’s abundant natural beauty has been lovingly preserved with numerous parks and walking trails. Add inviting shops, varied cultural and recreational activities, historic attractions and some of the finest restaurants in the area, and it’s easy to see why many consider Hamden one of the most appealing mid-sized communities in New England.
Hamden’s population of over 51,000 is spread across 33 square miles in New Haven County, just three miles north of New Haven and Yale University. Residents enjoy the safety and security of a small community while reaping the benefits and proximity to a larger urban area with an Ivy League school. Yale also enhances cultural and entertainment opportunities for Hamden residents, many of whom are employed by the University.
Aggressive development and marketing strategies give Hamden’s thriving business community an extra boost, luring new businesses and helping existing companies grow. Healthcare, education, government and retail all play important roles in Hamden’s diverse economic base.
Hamden combines the best of small-town New England life with easy access to the cultural and entertainment offerings of a larger community. It’s beautiful setting, abundant resources and thriving business community make Hamden a delightful place to live and work.
Hamden is made up of several distinct neighborhoods, each with it’s own personality and active civic association. The Spring Glen section is comprised of lovely older homes with gracious architectural styles. Located along the New Haven border, it is home to many Yale University employees, as is Whitneyville and the Ridge Hill section, which also borders North Haven. The Westwood section features newer homes in a rural setting. Mount Carmel, home of Sleeping Giant, is a wooded neighborhood of older homes. Dunbar Hill still has working farms, while Centerville is the heart of commerce. Highwood is experiencing a surge in business and community development. While most Hamden homes are single family, there are also apartments and various independent and assisted living options for seniors.
There are 2 golf courses in Hamden: The Laurel View on W. Shepard Ave and the Sleeping Giant on Whitney Ave. The Eli Whitney Museum on Whitney Ave. offers changing exhibits, covered bridge, outdoor water learning lab and a barn that offers a summer theater, folk music and country dances. The Hamden Symphony Orchestra provides cultural enrichment to Hamden and Quinnipiac communities through a series
There are 8 parks and recreation areas in the vicinity that offer swimming, canoeing, fishing, cross country skiing, hiking, and biking. There are six colleges located in the area:
Quinnipiac, Yale University, Albertus Magnus, Southern Connecticut State University, University of New Haven, and Gateway Community College.
Sports Haven on Long Wharf Drive in New Haven is a multi-entertainment complex. A few miles from Hamden, there are several theaters: The Chevrolet Theater in Wallingford, the Long Warf, the Shubert Performing Arts Center and the Yale Repertory all located in New Haven.
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