West Haven at a Glance

Mayor
Edward M. O’Brien is the 11th mayor of West Haven.

City Government
Mayor/City Council: 10 voting districts; 10 voting districts in state and presidential elections.

Area
10.6 square miles.

City Seal
Revolutionary War patriot watching approaching British warship from Bradley Point.

City Motto
Nil Desperandum (Latin for “Never Despair”)
Front of West Haven City Hall building
Vision
To be a diverse community that embraces the changing needs and expectations of our residents through respect for people, preserving the shoreline, and creating a prosperous and safe community.

Mission Statement
The mission of the government of West Haven is to provide our residents with open, honest and fiscally stable stewardship of the city through a system of checks and balances that ensures compassionate leadership in meeting the needs of our people. This stewardship is based on the following core principles:
  • Encouraging participation by all residents in the development and improvement of our city.
  • Striving for excellence and satisfaction in the delivery of public services.
  • Maintaining respect between the government and the public.
  • Continually improving the channels of communication, both internally and externally.
  • Ensuring a progressive environment that will enhance the quality of life for all.
  • Fostering an economic climate that maximizes recreational, educational and employment opportunities for our residents.
  • Ongoing review of the city’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges to ensure a bright future for the people and the City of West Haven.
Population
55,564 (U.S. Census 2010)

Registered Voters
24,838 (as of January 2015, Office of the Registrar of Voters)

Per Capita Personal Income
$25,884 (U.S. Census 2010)

Projected 2010 Median Income
$51,854 (U.S. Census 2010)

Directions
Interstate 95 North (From Bridgeport)
  1. Take Exit 42, Sawmill Road.
  2. Turn right onto Sawmill Road.
  3. Follow about 1 mile to Main Street and turn left.
  4. Follow to Savin Avenue and turn left. (Municipal parking lot for City Hall is immediately on the right.)
Interstate 95 South (From New Haven)
  1. Take Exit 43, First Avenue.
  2. Turn left onto First Avenue.
  3. Turn right onto Elm Street.
  4. Follow to Campbell Avenue and turn left. (Library is on the corner.)
  5. Follow to City Hall, which is at the corner of Campbell Avenue and Main Street. Parking is behind City Hall, off Savin Avenue.