What's Hamden, Connecticut like?

With a population of more than 60,000 residents, Hamden is a blend of urban and suburban living offering an excellent local economy, a strong school system, nearby universities and a great selection of affordable homes. Hamden is regularly featured on lists of the top communities in the country to call home, with awards from Money and Fortune Magazines. Residents enjoy the community's close proximity to the city of New Haven for work and play.

The Hamden housing market offers a great mix of luxury listings, affordable single family homes, condominiums and senior living facilities. There are wooded suburban areas providing great scenery if you prefer a home in a natural setting, while houses in the more populated downtown area allow for easy access to a myriad of amenities. The charming neighborhood of Spring Glen, located in the southeastern area of town, is filled with well maintained and beautiful homes, grand estates and small chateau inspired residences on quiet tree lined streets with manicured lawns and mature plantings.  Many of these homes are a short walk to shops, restaurants, playgrounds and nature areas.

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Schools & Education

The Hamden Public School District routinely earns strong reviews from both parents and students. The district is made up of eight elementary schools, one middle school and one high school, with an annual enrollment of just under 6,000 students. Private and religion based primary and secondary schools are also plentiful in the area.  Nearby colleges include Yale University, Quinnipiac University and Southern Connecticut State University.

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Getting Around

Hamden has easy access to I-91, I-95, Route 15 (Wilbur Cross/Merritt Parkway) and Route 5. Local public transportation is provided by two bus lines, and train service is available via New Haven’s Union and State Street Stations.  Residents of Hamden have an average daily commute of less than 30 minutes.

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Things to Do

Hamden offers plenty to do whether you're looking for outdoor activities, cultural attractions or family fun. The town boasts a collection of fabulous restaurants and pubs, as well as extensive cultural resources including music and dance classes, art galleries, an outdoor summer concert series, a community garden and a fantastic public library.  Hike or have a family picnic at your choice of outdoor parks and trail systems, including 500 acre Brooksvale Park and Sleeping Giant State Park. You can also hop onto the Farmington Canal State Park Trail for a long jog or bike ride.  The paved trail provides easy and scenic access into New Haven and north through Cheshire and beyond.  Enjoy a round of golfing at Laurel View Country Club or Sleeping Giant Golf Course.


Is Hamden CT urban or suburban?

Hamden is an urban township located in New Haven County, in southwestern Connecticut, United States. It is situated directly to the north of the city of New Haven.

What is Hamden Connecticut known for?

Hamden, nicknamed "The Land of the Sleeping Giant," provides a diverse range of attractions, including state parks and museums. One of its notable highlights is Sleeping Giant State Park, featuring picturesque hills and scenic walking trails. Visitors can embark on a 1.5-mile hike within the park, leading them to a stone observation tower that offers panoramic views of Long Island Sound and the New Haven Area.


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