State of Connecticut

Population Trends

  • For the year ending June 30, 1998, Connecticut's population grew by 6,800.
  • During the economic downturn early in the decade the state population declined from 3.287 to 3.262 million.
  • Although there has been a slow, steady increase in population since 1995, so far this decade Connecticut's population has declined a total of 13,000 residents, or four-tenths of a percent, the second largest rate of population loss among the 50 states.
  • Last year, almost 6,500 more people left Connecticut than moved into the state. Since 1990, this net out-migration is 149,000.
  • Connecticut's population is increasingly diverse. The decline in white population has been mirrored by an increase in all other racial categories. The Hispanic population, which can be of any race, has also increased.
  • Connecticut's population is aging. The most recent U.S. Census figures for 1997 show the nation's median age at 34.9. The median age for Connecticut's residents is 36.6.
  • As the elderly population increases, there has been a decline in the number of residents under 45. Young families represent a significant share of the state's out-migration.
  • With the exception of Stamford, Connecticut's largest cities (those with over 100,000 residents) have experienced a population loss in the nineties. In contrast, none of the state's fastest growing towns had over 15,000 residents
This is a graph showing Connecticut's Total 
    Population for the Years 1990 through
1998. For a text representation of this chart click on this image.
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This is a table showing Connecticut's population in 1990 and 1997,
      broken out by racial category. 
        For a text representation of this chart click on this image.
This is a graph showing the changes in Connecticut's population from 1990 through 1997 for the age group 45 and over.   For a text representation of this chart click on this image. This is a graph showing the changes in Connecticut's population from 1990 through 1997 for the group under age 45.  For a text representation of this chart click on this image.
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