With about 3,600,000 people, Connecticut is the second most populous state in New England.
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.
The share of young people (under the age of 20) for each ethnicity
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.
Child poverty rate among children of color is much higher than that among white children.In Connecticut,
Explore poverty data by town at data.ctdata.org.
of Hispanic children in Connecticut live
at or below poverty line, compared to 5.5% of white 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 state.
In Connecticut, median household income is about $73,800. It is represented by the horizontal line.
Median income ranges greatly by town. Hartford, the state's capital, has the lowest median household income of $33,800. In Weston and Darien, it exceeds $200,000.
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.
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.
or 462,000 families in Connecticut are single-parent
In Goshen, Roxbury, Union, Salisbury, Weston, Avon, Sharon, and New Hartford, Columbia, Franklin, Darien, and Simsbury, the rate does not exceed 10%.
of families in Hartford are single-parent
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.
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.
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.
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.
In , there were suicides in Connecticut: explore data by town.
(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 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).
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.
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.
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.