With 497,108 people, the region comprises about 14% of total state population.
Population data help us understand the ages and stages of Connecticut residents. When we understand who we are, we can guide and direct services and supports based on need. In Central region, nearly 1 in 4 residents are under the age of 20.
The share of young people (under the age of 20) for each ethnicity
Over 30% of the residents under the age of 20 are children of color. The future of the state population will be more diverse than current day.
The child poverty rate in the Central region is neary 2% lower than state average. The poverty rate for Hispanic children is 6.5 times higher than that for white children.
of Hispanic children live
at or below poverty line
When all the household earnings are lined up from highest to lowest, the median represents the income of the middle household.
This graph shows the range of income disparities that exists by town in the region.
In Central region, median income ranges greatly by town, from about $42,000 in New Britain up to $125,000 in Avon. 11 of 16 towns have median household income higher than that of the state (about $72,000), and in 3 towns it exceeds $100,000.
Unemployment rates provide some idea of whether people are actively working.
In the Central region, the unemployment rate is slightly below the state average.
This means the share of people working or looking for work is holding steady compared with all of Connecticut.
The unemployment rate for the region masks some inequality across towns.
There are 275,722 people, or about 55% of the total regional population that are considered in the labor force. Of those, 262,975 are employed, and 12,747 (or 4.6%) are unemployed.
Households with one parent are at a disadvantage in a few ways when compared with two-parent households. There are fewer earners which means less income to spend on basic needs. There is a greater need for childcare to make sure adults can work and childcare comes at a great cost. Explore single-parent families data on data.ctdata.org.
of families in Central region are single-parent
With 32,360 single-parent families, Central region's
In most towns of the region the rate of single-parent households is below 25%. In Plymouth, Bristol, Meriden and New Britain, the rates are between 26% and 47%.
of families in New Britain are single-parent
The data below are presented as where the student attends school, not necessarily the town where the student lives.
In the Central region, it is impossible to determine race/ethnicity of 159 students due to suppressions. Suppression means information was removed by the source to protect identifying individuals. This happens when counts for certain groups are low. When suppressing just one group, one can determine the group's size by subtracting all other groups sizes from the total. Hence, at least two counts need to be suppressed. That means available data do not sum up to the total enrollment counts.
A need in the school is an indication of need in the community. Concentrations of need put stress on schools and the community and when needs are concentrated other public services may be unaffordable in that community.
New Britain School District has the highest percentage of students eligible for subsidized lunches among all school districts in the Central region.
New Britain, along with Meriden, have the highest percentages of English language learners in the region: 15% and 14%, respectively.
Suspension rates are not presented for Native Americans and students of two or more races, as those numbers are suppressed in the dataset due to low values. Suspension rates are generally much higher for Black students, followed by Hispanic, followed by White. New Britain School District has higher suspension rates among all other school regions in the region.
The Suspension Rate equals the number of students reported with at least one suspension (in-school or out-of-school) or expulsion in ED166 Student Disciplinary Offense Data Collection divided by the unduplicated student enrollment count for the school or district across the October, January and June PSIS Collections for the given school year.
When student miss school, they can struggle to stay on top of their assignments and engaged with school life. When students miss school several days or weeks in a row, their struggle deepens. Sometimes, kids can never quite catch up when they have fully fallen off their school’s radar in terms of attendance. The disparities we see with rates of chronic absenteeism indicate that kids of color are at great risk of falling behind in school.
A student is chronically absent if he/she misses 10% or more of the total number of days enrolled in the school year for any reason. In Central region, the percentage varies from 27% for Black students in Berlin School District to just 1% for Asian students in Newington School District.
Disengaged youth are those between 16 and 19 who are not enrolled in school,
not employed and/or not in the labor force.
This is an indicator about how our youth are doing transitioning into adulthood.
These youth are at a higher risk for risky behavior and may have emotional deficits compared to their peers.
3.9% of female youth and 4.4% of male youth are considered disengaged. This is lower than state average of 4.5% and 5.5%, respectively.
Infant mortality rates vary significantly by race. In Central region, they are slightly higher than the state average. With 5 deaths per 1,000 births, the rate is lowest for White residents. For Hispanic and Latino, the rate is 8.5, for Black — 14.9. Explore data on data.ctdata.org.
Disparate outcomes by race signal institutional biases. This indicator identifies that a different service model may be required to impact the disparities.
In , there were suicides in Central region (explore data).
The data below are from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and include admissions to both public and private programs.
In the Central region, there were 4,159 mental health admissions (31%, 84 cases per 10,000) and 8,536 substance abuse admissions (63%, 172 cases per 10,000). 933 admissions were for both (7%, 19 cases per 10,000).
These data indicate how many people are accessing services but it doesn’t tell who in the community might need services but is not able to get access or is not seeking them out.
About 41% of all admissions were for heroin, followed by alcohol with 36%. Marijuana accounted for 11% of admissions.
This data story was developed with support from the CONNECTing Children and Families to Care, a statewide initiative to create a partnership between families, state agencies, and service providers at the local, regional, and state levels. To learn more about this project, watch a short video in English (or in Spanish).
To find more data on your region, visit our Data Dashboards for 6 CT Regions. Throughout the story, you can use links under visualizations to view relevant datasets. Alternatively, you can visit data.ctdata.org and search for datasets with town-level data.