Connecticut

Data Story

This story will walk you through who lives here, who works here, about some of their educational experiences, and health outcomes. We also highlight why these data are important and how you can use them.

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Connecticut consists of 169 towns.

Who Lives Here?

With about 3,600,000 people, Connecticut is the second most populous state in New England.

Population by Age

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 24% of Connecticut residents are under the age of 20.

  • 868,000 of the state's population, or about 24%, are youth under the age of 20.
  • 39%, or nearly 1,400,000 residents, are considered "prime working age", that is, adults between 25 and 54 years old.

Population by Race/Ethnicity

  • We combined people of all races who self-identified their Hispanic ethnicity under Hispanic or Latino group, and subtracted the respective counts from all races. This way, we did not double count, and all 6 groups in the chart above sum up to the total state population.
  • Similarly, none of the races overlap with Two or More Races group.
  • 68%, or about 2 in 3 people living in Connecticut are self-identified as White alone.
  • 15% of Connecticut residents are self-identified as Hispanic/Latino of any race, and 10% are self-identified as Black alone.

Share of Young People by Race/Ethnicity

The share of young people (under the age of 20) for each ethnicity varies.

  • 22% of White population, 28% of Black population, and 35% of Hispanic population are young people.
  • 53% of residents who belong to two or more races are under the age of 20.

40% 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.

Children in Poverty

Child poverty rate among children of color is much higher than that among white children.

In Connecticut,
  • 29% of Hispanic children;
  • 26% of Black children;
  • 18% of children of two or more races;
  • 7.5% of Asian children, and
  • 5.5% of White children live at or below poverty line.

Explore poverty data by town at data.ctdata.org.

29%

of Hispanic children in Connecticut live
at or below poverty line, compared to 5.5% of white children

Households

Median Income

Cost-burdened Households

Percent of Households in Each Town

Unemployment

Unemployment rates provide some idea of whether people are actively working.

There are about 1,950,000 people, or 54% of the total population that are considered in the labor force. Of those, about 1,827,000 are employed, and 78,000 (or 4%) are unemployed.

Single-Parent Families

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.

26%

or 462,000 families in Connecticut are single-parent

New London, New Haven, Windham, and Hartford have some of the highest single-parent family rates in Connecticut, all exceeding 50%.

In Goshen, Roxbury, Union, Salisbury, Weston, Avon, Sharon, and New Hartford, Columbia, Franklin, Darien, and Simsbury, the rate does not exceed 10%.

63%

of families in Hartford are single-parent

Schools

In , there were

students enrolled in public schools in Connecticut.

Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity

Suspension Rates by Race/Ethnicity

Bullying Incidents

In , there were

reported and substantiated bullying incidents in Connecticut.

View Bullying data on data.ctdata.org

Disengaged Youth

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.

In Connecticut, 4.5% of female youth and 5.5% of male youth are considered disengaged.


4.5%

5.5%

5%

Housing

Federally Subsidized Housing in Connecticut

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.

Equalized Net Grand List

The Net Grand List is an aggregate of the assessed value of taxable property in the town. The Office of Policy and Management (OPM) equalizes each town's grand list since valuations occur once every four years. Thus the value of a town that recently went through an assessment could vary from a town that is several years away from its last valuation.

As a way to understand the different values across towns, CTData provides a per capita (per person) calculation.

At about $106,000, North Central Region has the lowest equalized net grand list per capita value among 6 regions. Central and South Central regions are slightly better off, with $115,000 and $112,000 respectively. Southwest region has the highest aggregated value of taxable property, both absolute and per capita, at $196 billion and $278,000 respectively. Southwest Region is also home to some of the wealthiest towns in Connecticut: Greenwich (with nearly $800,000 worth of taxable property per capita), New Canaan, Darien, and Westport (all exceeding half a million dollars per capita).

In Connecticut, towns along the coast (with some exceptions such as Bridgeport, New Haven, New London), and towns along the western border tend to have higher per capita equalized net grand list values.

Health-Related Indicators

Teen Birth Rate

  • Connecticut's teen birth rate is 13.2 per 1,000 people.
  • Hartford and Waterbury have the highest teen birth rates of 34.9 births per 1,000 people.
  • In general, towns with higher median household income tend to have lower teen birth rates, and vice versa.

Teen Birth Rate vs Median Household Income

In general, towns with higher median household income tend to have lower teen birth rates, and vice versa. Only three towns—Norwalk, Stamford, and Scotland—have higher teen birth rates than the state, while also having median household income above that of Connecticut.



Suicide

In , there were suicides in Connecticut: explore data by town.

Suicide Crude Rate Per 100,000:

2015 Suicides in Connecticut by Race/Ethnicity and Gender

Race/Ethnicity Female Male Total Rate
(Total, per 100,000 people)
  • White Non-Hispanic people are nearly 3 times more likely to commit suicide than Black or Hispanic people.
  • In general, males are nearly 3 times more likely to die of suicide than females.

Substance Abuse

In , there were

drug-related deaths in Connecticut. Of these,

happened to those under 21.

View data on data.ctdata.org

Treatment Admissions for Mental Health and Substance Abuse

The data below are from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and include admissions to both public and private programs.

In Connecticut, there were 51,523 mental health admissions (144 per 100,000 people) and 53,639 (149 per 100,000 people) substance abuse admissions. 7,702 admissions were for both (21 per 100,000 people).

Substance Abuse Treatment by Drug Type

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 38% of all admissions were for heroin, followed by alcohol with 35%. Marijuana accounted for 12% of admissions.


38%

35%

12%

Statewide Map of Resources

Connecticut Department of Children and Families offices and facilities, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) authorized retailers, substance abuse care facilities, and WIC authorized food stores and pharmacies.

About


Family Illustration 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).

More Data!

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.

Further Reading and Materials

Community Resources

  • WrapCT.org developed out of a decade of System of Care improvements, including ongoing training and coaching through Care Coordination and the Child and Family Team Wraparound process. The primary goal of this Learning Collaborative to transform and energize the local Community Collaboratives/ Systems of Care to support workforce development in the Wraparound process and to improve the support and care that youth and families receive.
  • HealthyLivesCT.org provides information and tools for maintaining or regaining wellness in the areas of emotional wellness, physical wellness, holistic wellness, financial wellness, and recovery from addiction issues.
  • 211ct.org is a one-stop connection to the local services you need, from utility assistance, food, housing, child care, after school programs, elder care, crisis intervention and much more.