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Why Greater New Haven


New Haven is the second largest city in Connecticut, with a population of over 120,000 and is well-known for its highly educated, innovative workforce and entrepreneurs alike. The education, healthcare/life sciences, and manufacturing sectors benefit the surrounding region of 16 towns. Of note, New Haven had the first public tree planting program in America, producing a canopy of mature trees, including some large elms, which gave New Haven the nickname "The Elm City." The New Haven Green is the site of many free music concerts such as the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the July Free Concerts on the Green, and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas.

Our Major Industries

A Hub For Higher Education

Home to 8 Colleges, Universities, Community Colleges and Trade Schools, New Haven County is known for the world-renown Yale University, two law schools, two medical schools, and the nationally recognized Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science at the University of New Haven. The education sector has become one of the Region's leading economic drivers, producing the 5th most well-educated workforce in the U.S.* This sector's total economic impact is over $2 billion annually. 

Healthcare Innovation

New Haven is home to the Yale New Haven Health system, one of the premier health systems in the country, expanding its footprint in Connecticut and Rhode Island. Yale New Haven Health employs over 12,000 of the Region's workforce, and Yale's scientific research has fed the region's bioscience cluster, which has grown to over 70 companies, focusing in pharmaceutical research, diagnostics, cancer care, therapeutics, healthcare technology, and medical devices. Yale's innovative Science Park, New Haven's oldest lab-incubator complex and Yale's 136-acre bioscience park, as well as the 300 George Street building were converted to office-lab space, now at capacity in the City. We have a robust bioscience community in the New Haven Region. Explore our map of BioScience companies.


New Haven ranks 4th per capita in bioscience patents, 3rd in Venture capital investment in bioscience companies, and 3rd in academic R&D expenditures in bioscience.

Advanced Materials & Manufacturing

The New Haven Region has a long history of growth and success within the Advanced Manufacturing industry. Eli Whitney, Charles Goodyear and Oliver Winchester are counted among New Haven's prominent inventors and industrialists. View the map of our Region's manufacturing companies