Late summer pond with reflections Hamden Connecticut USA
ACC0G2 Late summer pond with reflections Hamden Connecticut USA Trees and water reflected with blue skies Enigma / Alamy Stock Photo

38. Hamden, Conn.

Updated: Oct 20, 2016 6:18 PM UTC | Originally published: Sep 17, 2016
Median Home Price$180,000
Property Tax$6,496
Unemployment rate5.9%
Commute time21 minutes

Set amid picturesque hills and valleys, “the Land of the Sleeping Giant” combines a great school system, affordable housing, and abundant natural beauty. A suburb of New Haven, Hamden mixes quiet suburban life with the more urban and collegiate atmosphere of the city, and is home to Quinnipiac University, a small private college.

Hamden's low crime rate puts it in the top 60 among similarly-sized cities around the country, making it attractive to families looking to benefit from the amenities of New Haven without living within city limits. It also ranks highly in terms of green space.

In terms of job growth and economic opportunity, Hamden doesn’t rank as highly on the list; jobs are expected to grow at just 2% over the next five years. It is, however, an affordable place to live. Median home prices are about $159,000, with average property taxes of $6,496.

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