Municipal populations holding steady in CT while Texas suburbs boom

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Only five cities and towns in Connecticut saw population growth between 2014 and 2015, according to new estimates released by the U.S. Census.

But estimated populations in Connecticut’s municipalities only fluctuated up or down by less than a percentage point, from -0.5 to 0 .9 percent.

Nationally, five out of the eleven fastest-growing cities were in Texas. They grew between 4.5 and 7.8 percent in 2014 – 2015.

 

Fastest-growing cities between 2014 and 2015
For towns with populations of 50,000 or more.
Rank City State % increase 2015 total population
1 Georgetown Texas 7.8 63,716
2 New Braunfels Texas 6.6 70,543
3 Ankeny Iowa 6.5 56,764
4 Frisco Texas 6.3 154,407
5 South Jordan Utah 6 66,648
U.S. Census

Danbury and Stamford had Connecticut’s largest increases in estimated population at 0.9 and 0.5 percent, respectively. But that’s only about 760 and 600 residents. New Haven, Norwalk and Milford are the other three towns that grew.

Bridgeport had the highest population in Connecticut and was ranked at 178th out of the 763 cities across the country with more than 50,000 residents.

Growth and rank of Connecticut cities
Out of 763 towns in the country with more than 50,000 residents
City 2015 rank % change 2014-15 Growth ranking 2014-15 % change 2010-15 % change rank 2010-15
Bridgeport 178 -0.16 664.5 1.88 588
New Haven 204 0.09 601 0.39 662
Stamford 211 0.48 467.5 4.91 356
Hartford 220 -0.37 701 -1.09 713.5
Waterbury 269 -0.43 708.5 -1.42 726
Norwalk 358 0.37 506 2.88 506
Danbury 388 0.91 379.5 4.07 425
New Britain 476 -0.07 644 -0.6 704
Bristol 603 -0.13 655.5 -0.06 684
Meriden 611 -0.5 728 -1.46 727
West Haven 683 -0.45 713 -1.15 716
Milford 727 0.4 495 1.51 613.5
U.S. Census

Meriden shrank the most among Connecticut towns at -0.5 percent, or almost 300 residents.

Waterbury saw the largest drop in the number of residents at about 470.

Between 2010 and 2015, Stamford saw the sharpest growth compared to other Connecticut cities. More than 6,000 residents have moved to or been born in the southwestern city. That’s a growth of almost 5 percent.

Explore town growth since 2010 below.

What do you think?

  • Peter Morgan

    There’s a problem with the last table, “Change in city, town, and borough population”. Both for Mozilla and for Internet Explorer, there is only enough vertical space for a single line to display.

    • Andrew Ba Tran

      Fixed it. Sorry about that.

  • Talk

    what is the number if you net out illegals?

    • ED Doyle

      Great post. I’ll bet the state is not going to publish that kind of data as that would be racist or some other ism/ist.