Locations

New Haven

The second largest city in the state, New Haven was founded in 1638. Although best known for being the location of Yale University, the city also boasts being the first planned city in America. The city has seen both growth and deterioration over the years; over $300 million was used to renew the economy of the area in the 1950s, department stores and other businesses closed in later decades, and the area began growing in the 1990s with the establishment of the Audubon Arts Center Complex and in areas including Science Park and East Shore.

Bridgeport

Much of the economy, business, and points of interest in Bridgeport, CT revolve around the fact that it’s a seaport city. Captain’s Cove Seaport, Port Jefferson Ferry, Seaside Park, Pleasure Beach, Jennings Beach, and other points of interest help residents and visitors take advantage of the city’s location. The population was 146,579 as of 2017.

Milford

A small and charming city in Connecticut, Milford has around 50,000 residents who enjoy the second longest town green in New England (called Milford Green). A sense of community along with a flourishing economy of retail shops and restaurants have given the city the nickname “A Small City with a Big Heart.” It was first named Wepawaug before it was purchased from the Paugusset Tribe in 1639.

Meriden

Called the “Crossroads of Connecticut,” Meriden is a somewhat small city located equidistant from New York City and Boston in New Haven County. Famous for the radio programs produced there through the International Silver Company, Meriden has a population of around 60,000 residents who enjoy the many opportunities for shopping and recreation including Giuffrida Park, the Red Bridge, and Westfield Meriden Mall.

Derby

Less than 10 miles from New Haven, Derby is the smallest city in Connecticut. Derby was incorporated in 1775 and now has 12,080 residents. Residents enjoy life near the Housatonic and Naugatuck Rivers, which also played a part in transportation and power early on in its history. Like many areas of Connecticut, Derby is near New York and Boston, being close to Route 8.

New London

Named in 1658 by English settlers, New London is a seaport city in which residents enjoy life by the water at places like Ocean Beach Park and Fishers Island, as well as restaurants like On the Waterfront and Ocean Pizza Restaurant. As of 2010, the city had a population of 27,620. New London is also known for being the location of the United States Coast Guard Academy.

Middletown

While Middletown, CT used to be known for its sailing port, in recent years the economy of the city has benefited from opportunities for shopping and dining. The city sits on the Connecticut River in Middlesex County and is near the Metacomet Ridge. Middletown is currently undergoing revitalization in the areas of housing, arts, and business.

New Britain

Located in Hartford County, New Britain was named after Great Britain. Previously known as “The Hardware City,” New Britain was the location of various hardware companies. Residents of the area enjoy its many parks, hills, woods, and streams. Plus, work by the Greater New Britain Arts Alliance has grown the creative arts and culture scene in the form of concerts, theater, and museums.

Waterbury

The fifth largest city in Connecticut, Waterbury is the location of various universities including Post University, Naugatuck Valley Community College, University of Connecticut, Western Connecticut State University, University of Bridgeport, and Naugatuck Valley Community College. The city consists of 25 different neighborhoods, the most well known being Downtown, the best location for shopping, local parades and events, and more. The population of the city was 110,336 as of 2010.