Hamden, CT

The peaceful tribe of Quinnipiacs were the first residents of the land that is now Hamden, CT, they had great regard awe, and veneration for the Blue Hills Sleeping Giant Mountain. Hamden was purchased by William Christopher Reilly and the Reverend John Davenport in 1638 from the local Quinnipiac Native American tribe. It was settled by Puritans as part of the town of New Haven. It remained a part of New Haven until 1786 when 1,400 residents incorporated the area as a separate town, naming it after the English statesman John Hampden.

Today, Hamden,CT is a vibrant town located in New Haven County. The city is filled with historic homes, lush parks, and unique attractions that make it a great destination for visitors and residents alike. The area boasts an abundance of outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, skiing, and golfing along with plenty of shopping and dining options. Hamden also has a thriving arts scene with several renowned galleries, theaters, and music venues. Hamden provides something for everyone to experience, making it the perfect place to explore! Large industrial city/College town - South coast along Long Island Sound, 75 miles northeast of New York City.

Places to Visit:

  • Sleeping Giant State Park
  • Jonathan Dickerman House & Museum
  • Eli Whitney Museum
  • Pardee Rose Gardens
  • Town Center Park


    Hamden, CT has a humid continental climate typical of the northeastern United States. Summers are usually hot and humid with average temperatures ranging from the low 70s Fahrenheit to mid-80s Fahrenheit. Winters tend to be cold and snowy with temperatures ranging from around 10°F to the low 40s Fahrenheit. Spring and fall are pleasant with an abundance of rainfall. All four seasons are typically distinct, making it an ideal place for outdoor activities year-round.


    The Wilbur Cross Parkway runs through the center of the town serving as a connection to Hartford to the north and the New York metropolitan area to the south. The town is connected to Interstate 91 via Connecticut Route 40, a spur expressway to the Mount Carmel section of town. The main route from the town center to New Haven passing through the commercial areas of Hamden is Dixwell Avenue (Route 10). Another route to New Haven via the Spring Glen and Whitneyville residential neighborhoods is Whitney Avenue.

    Public transportation is provided by Connecticut Transit New Haven. The main bus routes in the town are the Dixwell Avenue (238, formerly D) and the Whitney Avenue (228/229, formerly J) routes. Other secondary routes serving the town are the State Street (224, formerly M), Winchester Avenue (234, formerly O), and Shelton Avenue (237, formerly G) bus routes.

    North Haven Station, a station on the Hartford Line commuter railroad, is planned be built next to the Hamden–North Haven border near the Route 40 Connector, serving both towns.

    Tweed New Haven Airport (HVN) in East Haven and Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Windsor Locks are the closest commercial airports to Hamden.