North Central CT

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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North Central region of Connecticut consists of 23 towns.

Who Lives Here?

With over 613,000 people, the region comprises about 17% of total state population.

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.

  • 143,458 of North Central's population, or about 23%, are youth under the age of 20.
  • 40%, or nearly 242,083 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 regional population.
  • Similarly, none of the races overlap with Two or More Races group.
  • 57% of people living in North Central region are self-identified as White Alone, which is below the state value of 66%.

Share of Young People by Race/Ethnicity

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

  • 21% of the White population, 26% of Black population, and 33% of Hispanic population are young people.
  • 43% of residents who belong to two or more races are under the age of 20.

31% 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

We present only the Connecticut data, because margins of errors for some smaller towns are high. Data is from 2016 - 2020 ACS.

In Connecticut,
  • About 26% of Hispanic children;
  • About 24% of Black children;
  • About 12.25% of children of two or more races;
  • About 9.5% of Asian children, and
  • About 5.5% of White non-Hispanic children live at or below poverty line.

Explore poverty data by town at


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


Cost-burdened Households

Percent of Households in Each Town


Unemployment rates provide some idea of whether people are actively working. In the North Central region, the unemployment rate is slightly above 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. Hartford has an unemployment rate that is highest in the state and is double the region's rate, indicating there are some real disparities in Hartford around earnings and employment.

There are 320,042 people that are considered in the labor force. Of those, 299,047 are employed, and 20,995 (7%) 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


of families in North Central region are single-parent

With 46,396 single-parent families, North Central region has

the highest rate of single-parent households along with South Central region

in the state.

In Tolland, under 10% of parents are single-parent.

Between 25% and 30% of families are single-parent in Bloomfield, Enfield, Vernon, Windsor, and Windsor Locks. Over 30% of families are single-parent in East Hartford, Hartford, and Manchester. In East Hartford, about 43.5% of families are single-parent, while in Hartford the astonishing 62% are.


of families in Hartford are single-parent


In , there were

students enrolled in public schools in the North Central region.

The data below are presented as where the student attends school, not necessarily the town where the student lives.

Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity

In the North Central region, it is impossible to determine race/ethnicity of 257 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.

Educational Needs

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.

Hartford and East Hartford School Districts have the highest percentage of students eligible for subsidized lunches among all school districts based on location (that would exclude Unified District #2): 76% and 66% respectively. Hartford, along with East Hartford, have the highest percentages of English language learners in the region: 22% and 15%, respectively.

Suspension Rates by Race/Ethnicity

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.

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.

Ideally, suspension rates should be somewhat the same for different races. However, in many school districts the rates are different. Use the dropdown to explore:

Suspension Rates by Race/Ethnicity

Suspension Rates of IEP Students by School District

Use the dropdown below to explore suspension rates of students with individualized education programs in the previous years, by school district:

Chronic Absenteeism Rates by Race

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 North Central region, the highest percentage is 51% for Hispanic students in Hartford School District.

Bullying Incidents

In , there were

reported and substantiated bullying incidents in Connecticut. Of these,

occurred in of the North Central region.
Most school districts suppress numbers due to their low values, so the total number of bullying incidents in North Central region could be much higher.

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Children Under DCF Placement

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.

North Central numbers for both female and male are higher than state average (4.5% vs 4.4% and 6.4% vs 5.4%, respectively).





Federally Subsidized Housing in Connecticut

Health-Related Indicators

Teen Birth Rate

  • In North Central region, four towns — Hartford, Manchester, Windsor Locks, and Vernon — have teen birth rates higher than that of the state (8.9 per 1,000 people).
  • With about 23 births per 1,000 people, Hartford has the highest teen birth rate in the region.

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.

Infant Mortality

Infant mortality rates vary significantly by race. In North Central region, they are slightly higher than the state average. With 5 deaths per 1,000 births, the rate is lowest for White residents (although that is the highest rate for White people among all 6 regions). For Hispanic and Latino, the rate is 7, for Black — 10.5. Explore data on

A black infant is twice as likely to die than a white infant.

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.


In , there were suicides in North Central region: explore data.

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 Use

In , there were

drug-related deaths in North Central region. Of these,

happened to those under 21.

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Treatment Admissions for Mental Health and Substance Use

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

In the North Central region, there were 5,377 mental health admissions and 4,640 substance use admissions.

The substance use admissions rate of 213 cases per 10,000 residents is the highest among all 6 regions in the state of Connecticut.

Substance Use 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 36% of all admissions were for Alcohol, followed by Heroin with 26% and Mrijuana accounted for 16% of admissions.




Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA)

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:

Child Protection Service Report After CAPTA NOTIFICATION

Child Protection Service Report After CAPTA NOTIFICATION

These data indicate whether a referral was made to Child Protective Services.

Family Care Plans

Family Care Plans

These data show how many families received a Family Care Plan for babies born exposed to substances before birth.

Statewide Map of Resources

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.


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!

Throughout the story, you can use links under visualizations to view relevant datasets. Alternatively, you can visit and search for datasets with town-level data.

Further Reading and Materials

Community Resources

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