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West Haven, Connecticut - Basic Facts

The City of West Haven had a population of 56,489 as of July 1, 2017. West Haven ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Connecticut. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for West Haven is located at latitude 41.2721 and longitude -72.9675 in New Haven County. The formal boundaries for the City of West Haven (see map below) encompass a land area of 10.75 sq. miles and a water area of 0.17 sq. miles. New Haven County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 13 feet.

The City of West Haven (GNIS ID: 2378295) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of West Haven is located within Town of West Haven, a minor civil division (MCD) of New Haven County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with West Haven population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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West Haven, CT Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 56,489
Daytime Population: Workers 15,292
Daytime Population: Residents 27,796
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 43,088
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.76
Population in Households 53,583
Population in Familes 41,580
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,906
Population Density2 5,256
Diversity Index3 73


Median Household Income $52,011
Average Household Income $70,074
Per Capita Income $27,577


Total Housing Units 22,687 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 11,164 (49.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 9,979 (44.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,544 ( 6.8%)
Median Home Value $220,492
Average Home Value $233,518


Total Households 21,143
Average Household Size 2.53
Family Households 13,117
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.23% 0.2%
Households 0.02% 0.08%
Families -0.06% 0.03%
Median Household Income   1.18%
Per Capita Income   2.36%

West Haven, CT - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares West Haven to the other 142 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Connecticut by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 12 92nd
Population Density # 9 94th
Diversity Index # 15 90th
Median Household Income # 119 17th
Per Capita Income # 117 18th

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