East Rock

Winsome charm in a classic New Haven neighborhood

Welcome to East Rock

East Rock is a delightful New Haven neighborhood with historical roots dating back to the early 1800s. This charming neighborhood boasts many historical landmarks and cultural institutions still present today. Each home in the area has a unique story and character, with classic architectural styles ranging from apartments in re-purposed buildings to grand Tudor mansions and Colonial Revival homes.
Newcomers and residents alike are drawn to the area for its idyllic New England charm, lovely tree-lined streets, and cozy community feel. East Rock is unique in its combination of a small-town feel and big-city amenities. Residents can enjoy abundant dining options and cultural offerings while feeling a strong sense of community and connection to their neighbors. 

The neighborhood is home to Yale University, which brings a vibrant and intellectually stimulating atmosphere to the area. Institutions like the Yale University Art Gallery, the Yale Center for British Art, and the Yale Repertory Theater are located downtown yet close to residential East Rock. It's no wonder why the East Rock community continues to attract newcomers seeking the perfect blend of sophistication and tranquility in their daily lives.

What to Love

  • Gorgeous nature reserves for walking, hiking, or biking
  • Diverse culinary experiences and gathering places 
  • The New York Times recently ranked New Haven among the world’s top 52 places to visit

Local Lifestyle

Nestled in the heart of New Haven, East Rock offers a luxurious and active lifestyle. With its beautiful historic homes, attractive green spaces, and vibrant cultural scene, this neighborhood strongly appeals to everyone. The pace of life in East Rock is easygoing and peaceful, allowing residents to savor the finer things in life at their leisure. Whether enjoying a cup of coffee at a local cafe, strolling along the manicured streets, or indulging in a gourmet meal at one of the neighborhood's many upscale dining establishments, East Rock promises an unforgettable living experience.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Indulge in the dining scene of East Rock, where a culinary adventure awaits. Savor Italian cuisine at Caffe Bravo, where the authentic flavors of Italy come to life in every dish. The Oak Haven Table and Bar offers a gastropub experience where you can indulge in locally sourced ingredients crafted into delectable delights. 

On Orange Street, take your pick of where to enjoy your favorite specialty sandwich or prepared foods. With Nica's Market and P&M Deli in the neighborhood, you can grab a bite to enjoy at the outdoor dining areas offered at each location or pick up some items from their markets to prepare  tonight’s dinner at home.  

Locals frequent East Rock Market, an indoor marketplace on Nicoll St. near Mill River, with a vast selection to satisfy every palate. Restaurants such as Raw Bowls & Juice and Meat & Co. are great for takeout, especially after a workout at mActivity Fitness Center, just next door. East Rock Market shares a building with East Rock Brewing Company and Beer Hall, a popular local spot for German-inspired beers. 

Down on State St., the wine bar Cave a’ Vin delights patrons with cheese boards, wraps, and pizza. Its next-door neighbor, Tavern on State, promises high-level American fare with indoor or outdoor seating. The dining scene in East Rock is diverse, catering to all palates and preferences.

Things to Do

East Rock is studded with eclectic art exhibits and world-class museums courtesy of nearby Yale University. Locals are excited about the full-scale renovation of the Peabody Museum of Natural History, scheduled to reopen in early 2024 (in the meantime, the museum is offering limited exhibitions and monthly workshops). Yale School of Management is across the street, and New Haven Museum provides a fascinating insight into local history.

In this delightful neighborhood, residents relish the abundance of outdoor recreation and green spaces, notably East Rock Park. Spanning over 400 acres, this breathtaking natural reserve offers a serene respite from the fast pace of everyday life with its lush trails and picnicking areas. The exceptional hiking trails offer spectacular views of downtown New Haven, making it a perfect escape from city life. Launch your kayak or canoe into the Mill River boat launch and coast down to Long Island Sound. 

Whether seeking a peaceful retreat amid East Rock's natural beauty or a hang with friends at a local eatery, this charming community has something to offer. 

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Overview for East Rock, CT

9,844 people live in East Rock, where the median age is 32 and the average individual income is $51,426. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Demographics and Employment Data for East Rock, CT

East Rock has 4,285 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in East Rock do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 9,844 people call East Rock home. The population density is 14,300.209 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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The following schools are within or nearby East Rock. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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9th - 12th
Booker T. Washington Academy
K - 7th
Wilbur Cross High School
9th - 12th
No rating available
Leila Day Nurseries Inc.
PreK - K
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East Rock Community Magnet School
PreK - 8th
Worthington Hooker School
K - 8th

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