Undocumented immigrants in Connecticut declined in 2014

The number of undocumented immigrants living in Connecticut declined by about 10,000 in 2014 to 120,000, according to an analysis recently released by the Pew Research Center.

The number of foreigners living in the state without proper documentation climbed from 20,000 in 1990 to a peak in of 130,000 2008 and had remained level through 2013.

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Connecticut saw a drop in reports of hate crime incidents in 2015

The election of Donald Trump as the nation’s 45th president has been followed by a wave of reports of racially and ethnically motivated acts of intimidation and hatred both nationwide and in Connecticut, but spotty law enforcement data could limit our ability to fully understand the subject.

Connecticut students better than average at repaying college loans

Students taking on federal student loans to attend Connecticut schools do about the same or better at repaying that debt than students at schools across the country, but the type of school makes a difference. Nationwide, schools had an average default rate — the percentage of borrowers in the repayment phase who are in default — of about about 10.7 percent in fiscal year 2013.

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CT voter participation rates increased in 2016 compared to 2012

Voter turnout this year fell across the country for this past election but not in Connecticut. Trend CT estimates that about 76 percent of active voters participated in this year’s elections. That doesn’t exceed 2008’s record of 78.1 percent when President Barack Obama faced off against John McCain, but does pass the 2012 mark of 73.8 percent.