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West Haven, Connecticut - Basic Facts

The City of West Haven had a population of 55,321 as of July 1, 2023. 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 41.2707 and longitude -72.947 in South Central Connecticut County. The formal boundaries for the City of West Haven encompass a land area of 10.75 sq. miles and a water area of 0.17 sq. miles.

The City of West Haven 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 , a minor civil division (MCD) of South Central Connecticut County.

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West Haven, CT Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2023)


Total Population 55,321 (100%)
Population in Households 52,088 (94.2%)
Population in Families 40,144 (72.6%)
Population in Group Quarters1 3,233 ( 5.8%)
Population Density 5,146
Diversity Index2 80


Median Household Income $67,799
Average Household Income $91,418
% of Income for Mortgage4 22%
Per Capita Income $35,535
Wealth Index5 78
Socioeconomic Status Index6 Low (42.6)


Total HU (Housing Units) 22,719 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 11,576 (51.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 9,848 (43.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,295 ( 5.7%)
Median Home Value $249,530
Average Home Value $268,258
Housing Affordability Index3 82


Total Households 21,424
Average Household Size 2.43
Family Households 12,938
Average Family Size 3.00
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.
  6. The Socioeconomic Index ranges from zero (lowest relative status) to 100 (highest relative status). This measure quantifies disparities in social position of an area's inhabitants and is built from a broad range of demographic, housing, and socioeconomic inputs. More information on this measure can be found in Esri's SEI tutorial.


2020-2023 2023-2028
Population -0.15% -0.33%
Households 0.02% -0.07%
Families   -0.09%
Median Household Income   2.05%
Per Capita Income   2.47%
Owner Occupied HU   0.39%

West Haven, CT - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares West Haven to the other 215 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Connecticut by rank and percentile using July 1, 2023 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 95th
Population Density # 11 95th
Median Household Income # 182 16th
Housing Affordability Index # 80 37th
Per Capita Income # 190 12th
Diversity Index # 15 93rd

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