With over 497,000 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. About 23% of Central region residents are under the age of 20.
The share of young people (under the age of 20) for each ethnicity
We present only the Connecticut data, because margins of errors for some smaller towns are high. Data is from 2017 - 2021 ACS.In Connecticut,
Explore poverty data by town at data.ctdata.org.
of Hispanic children in Connecticut live
at or below poverty line, compared to 6% of white non-Hispanic children
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 $59,792 in Meriden up to $143,038 in Burlington. 3 towns have median household income lower than that of the state (about $83,572 Median household income in 2021 dollars, 2017-2021), and in 7 towns—Burlington, Simsbury, and Avon, Berlin, Southington, —it exceeds $100,000.
Unemployment rates provide some idea of whether people are actively working.
In the Central region, the unemployment rate is slightly lower than the state average (≈ 4.1% to 4.2% respectively).
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 about 279,139 people that are considered in the labor force. Of those, 267,617 are employed, and 11,522 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. ACS 2017 - 2021 data below.
of families in Central region are single-parent
With 34,051 single-parent families, Central region's
of families in New Britain are single-parent, representing the highest in the region.
The map shows housing units that participate in at least one subsidy program, according to the National Housing Preservation Database.
This is not an exhaustive list of affordable housing units in Connecticut.
In general, towns with higher median household income tend to have lower teen birth rates, and vice versa.
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.
Download CT Department of Public Health's 2015 Annual Registration Reports (the most current publicly available data). For more information on fetal mortality — see Tables 5 & 6 — and for infant mortality see Tables 7 & 8.
(Total, per 100,000 people)
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 2,253 mental health admissions and 3,804 substance use admissions.
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 36% of all admissions were for Alcohol, followed by Heroin with 22% and Marijuana, Hashish, THC at 12% of admissions.
Child abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) is the key federal legislation that guides child
protective services programming nationwide. The most recent reauthorization of CAPTA requires hospitals
to notify state child welfare agencies when an infant is born prenatally exposed to substances.
Family Care Plans are then developed to support access to a broad range of social, medical,
developmental and behavioral health services and supports for these vulnerable infants and their families.
For more information, visit: https://portal.ct.gov/DCF/CAPTA/HOME
These data indicate whether a referral was made to Child Protective Services. Note: 2022 Data will be available by December 2023
These data show how many families received a Family Care Plan for babies born exposed to substances before birth. Note: 2022 Data will be available by December 2023
Connecticut Department of Children and Families offices and facilities, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) authorized retailers, substance use care facilities, and WIC authorized food stores and pharmacies.
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).
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.