Population Trends

Connecticut's Total Population in Thousands. For a text representation of this chart click on this image. bullet For the year ending June 30, 1999,  Connecticut's population grew by almost 9,500 residents, to 3,282,031.
bullet During the early part of the decade, Connecticut's population declined from a high of 3.287 million in 1990 to 3.265 million in 1995.
bullet Since 1995, there has been a steady increase in the number of state residents. However, for the decade as a whole, the population has declined by 5,085, or two-tenths of a percent.
bullet Last year, 3,200 more people left Connecticut than moved into the state, continuing a trend for each year of this decade. Since 1990, the net out-migration has totaled 149,000.


bullet Connecticut's racial and ethnic composition is increasingly diverse. The decline in its white population has been accompanied by a corresponding increase in all other racial categories. The Hispanic population, which can be of any race, has also increased. Connecticut's 19 and Under Population in thousands. For a text representation of this chart click on this image.
Connecticut's 65 and Over Population Growth. For a text representation of this chart click on this image.
bullet Connecticut's population is aging. The most recent U.S. Census figures, for 1998, show the nation's median age at 35.2; the median age for Connecticut's residents is 37.0.
bullet Since 1990, the state's elderly population, those 65 and older, has increased by 5.7 percent. Over the same period, the population of Connecticut's youngest residents, those under five, has declined by 9.5 percent.
bullet Four of Connecticut's five largest cities (those with over 100,000 residents) lost population in the nineties. Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven and Waterbury had a population loss averaging 4.4 percent. Stamford was the exception with a population gain of 2.4 percent. In contrast, none of the state's ten fastest growing towns have over 25,000 residents.

The following financial information is presented in a table format.  Follow this link for a plain text version of this information.

Year White Black American
Asian and
Pacific Islander
Total Hispanic
1990 2,946,216 282,103 6,990 51,807 213,116
1998 2,881,916 303,721 7,942 80,490 268,339
Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census

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