New Haven has been home to Yale University for nearly three centuries. As a center for business and a hub for the arts, New Haven is recognized as a city of innovation and culture. Approximately 20 square miles with nearly 130,000 residents, New Haven is conveniently located between Boston and New York. As Yale President Richard C. Levin, a 30-year resident of New Haven, notes, New Haven is “large enough to be interesting, yet small enough to be friendly.”
Southern Connecticut has what is known as a “humid continental climate,” characterized by large seasonal temperature differences. It is hot in the summer and cold in the winter. Connecticut frequently experiences New England’s notoriously sudden and unpredictable weather changes. However, being located on the shore of the Long Island Sound, New Haven has a noticeably milder climate than its inland counterparts.
The warmest summer month is typically July, with average highs in the low to mid 80s Fahrenheit. The campus generally sees its coolest temperatures in January, with average lows around 20 to 25 degrees Fahrenheit. New Haven experiences approximately 4 to 4½ inches of precipitation every month. This precipitation usually comes in the form of freezing precipitation or snow during the winter.