10 New Haven Stereotypes That Are Completely AccurateIf you think you’re smarter than everything on this list, that’s because you’re from New Haven, and you probably are.
1. To New Haven Folks “The Game” Is Bigger Than Any Holiday
Source: ImgflipDo the people in New Haven love Yale because it’s one of the top schools in the country or because of the sheer, unadulterated rivalry that fills the Yale Bowl and the town during the famous Harvard-Yale game every year? Probably both. Referred to as simply “The Game,” nothing comes before this annual event. Rich with history, architecture, food, and good, old-fashioned competition, it gets fans even more amped up for the holiday season.
2. Everyone In New Haven Is Smarter Than You
Source: GiphyIf you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard of Yale, don’t worry, the folks in New Haven won’t let you forget it. And why should they? The university basically runs the entire town. The students don’t give anyone the opportunity to question whether or not they attend the school – judging by their Yale sweatshirts, window clings, and stickers plastered on their Macbook, it should be pretty obvious. But New Haven is also home to other awesome universities, too, but Yale students will always act superior. That’s just the Ivy League way.
3. It’s Students Vs. Locals In New Haven
Source: GiphyIf New Haven were split into characters from "Grease," the on-campus part of town would be Sandy and off-campus part would be Rizzo. On-campus New Haven is the picturesque area in photos and brochures, overflowing with students and university faculty, along with those who just prefer the vibe on-campus more. Off-campus is a little rougher around the edges, but the folks who prefer the campus scene will have you believe that it’s much worse than it really is.
4. New Haven Folks Are All Members Of The Royal Hamburger Family
Source: Yelp user sean k.There is a hotly debated theory that the king of American cuisine itself began right here in town. That’s right, New Haven holds a claim to the creation of the hamburger. The steak sandwich, too. It’s a claim that has more weight to it than just a wishful rumor, too. Louis’ Lunch owner Louis Lassen is credited by the Library of Congress for the invention of both dishes. A lot of people like to argue that point, but finding someone who has a claim that can match the Library of Congress is some pretty tough beef.
5. But They’re Crazy Proud Of Their Pizza (That’s Right, New York)
Source: GiphyPizza probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of New England. But believe it or not New Haven’s biggest claim to culinary fame is its famous pizza, or “apizza.” An apizza can be covered in either a red, tomato-based sauce or made white with garlic and olive oil, and smothered in mozzarella cheese. It’s a huge deal here. It also wouldn’t be New England without a white clam pie, which are pretty popular throughout the town, too.
6. Everyone In New Haven Knows It’s All About The Jazz
Source: ImgurSmarts aren’t the only thing that the people in New Haven were blessed with. It might surprise you that jazz is so big in the town. But sometimes surprises make the best facts and the jazz scene here is one of them. A numerous number of notable jazz musicians and artists hail from New Haven, many of which go far beyond the local scene and have international success. Jazz Week brings out the best of the best from the local collection of musicians for a week-long celebration. And there are great jazz clubs like Firehouse 12 where the music scene brings the house down.
7. These New Haven Rich Kids Actually Do Work For Their Money
Source: GiphyThere's an overall impression of Connecticut that it’s filled with multi-millionaires. And the New Haven-Stamford—Bridgeport-Danbury metropolitan area is pretty wealthy. But not everything is as it appears, especially on paper. The town of New Haven has wealthy areas, sure. But it’s far from utopia. The people in New Haven work hard for their money and earn everything they have. They’re sick of the assumption that they’re all care-free and wealthy or trust fund brats. Overall the folks in New Haven are average people, working for the average dollar.
8. Everyone In New Haven Is A Bunch Of Bleeding Heart Liberals...
Source: GiphyAlong with rich people, when you think of New Haven you might also envision Liberalville, USA. In that case, you are completely correct. Political blood runs just about as blue as it gets here in town. Voters have come out en masse election after election to swing for democrats. You can still find some Al Gore 2000 and John Kerry 2004 bumper stickers around. And be careful what you bring up if you’re not looking to get into a heated debate, because...
9. Who Know More About Politics Than You Ever Will
Source: GiphyYou don’t want to get into debating politics with someone from New Haven. They’re going to win. That’s because they’ve been surrounded by politics for as long as they can remember. More presidents and politicians come from or have lived in New Haven than they have Washington D.C. itself. Bill Clinton, Joe Lieberman, George H.W. Bush George W. Bush, Andrew Jackson, John Calhoun, Dick Cheney, Clarence Thomas… And that’s seriously just the tip of the iceberg.
10. If You Don’t Like It Here, New Haven Folks Will Tell You To Go Right Back To Hah-Vahd
Source: GiphyAs anyone who lives in a decent town knows, there’s always someone from the outside wanting rain on your parade—sometimes from within. New Haven is no different. But most of the people here know the truth and couldn’t care less about the criticism. New Haven might not be a perfect town, but it’s full of people brimming with intelligence and pumping out presidents, politicians, writers, musicians and artists. And you’re welcome for their priceless contributions to the pizza world and, you know, hamburgers. Feature Image Source: Yale University Facebook Did we miss anything? Tell us what you think of New Haven in the comments below!
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