With a population of approximately 150,000, New Haven offers a rich cultural diversity. Though technically a medium sized city, New Haven feels more like a large town. It has a town's scale, with low buildings, tree-lined streets, and pockets of stores and restaurants to serve local residents. The downtown area, where Yale and the Medical Center are located, is small, inviting and easily traversed by foot. But New Haven has the resources and conveniences of a city. It has offices, banks, and stores that fill the streets with office workers, shoppers, and school children. Bordering the Yale campus are restaurants, music stores, cafes, coffee shops, bookstores, clothing boutiques, ice cream parlors and a variety of small retail shops. Popular, folk and rock artists perform regularly at the Palace Theater, the New Haven Green, Toad's Place and other jazz clubs and dance clubs. The New Haven Symphony Orchestra performs at Woolsey Hall on the Yale campus and routinely attracts international talents such as Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman and Emmanuel Ax among others. Theater is an important component of the New Haven community and is performed at a variety of venues including the Yale Repertory Theater, which won a Tony for best regional theater, the Long Wharf Theater and the Schubert Theater. These cultural opportunities are both accessible and affordable here in New Haven.
Abundant opportunities for a wide variety of outdoor activities and sports exist in New Haven and the surrounding areas. The shoreline, one of the most beautiful and diverse on the East Coast, offers a variety of water sports including sailing, boating, kayaking, swimming, and hiking along the beach. Residents and faculty participate in local Ultimate, softball, soccer, and hockey leagues. Many people take advantage of the beautiful countryside to mountain bike, camp, hike, and play golf. In fact, the Yale Golf Course is ranked among the best and most challenging in the country. In August, Yale and New Haven jointly sponsor the Pilot Pen International Tennis Tournament which attracts some of the world's best players as they prepare for the U.S. Open. In the winter, skiing and snowboarding are popular activities locally. In addition, the famous resorts of Vermont and new Hampshire are just a few hours drive from New Haven. Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Boston, and New York City are easily accessible. These factors, along with the many wonderful, affordable neighborhoods in New Haven and the surrounding towns, make this a great place to live, work and raise a family. For those of us who live here, it's no wonder that the National Civic League, the oldest civic recognition program in the country, recently selected New Haven as one of the nation's 10 All-America Cities.
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