Census: White residents decline slightly in CT; minorities gain

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Between 2014 and 2015, more white people left Connecticut or died than moved in or were born, according to new estimates released by the U.S. Census.

Litchfield County saw the sharpest decrease by 0.87 percent. That’s a difference of about 1,500 residents.

Meanwhile, minority populations increased in all counties (except for Asians in Windham).

Tolland County saw the largest increases with black, Hispanic and Asian residents rising between 3 and 4 percent each between 2014 and 2015.

Hispanic residents increased the most in Middlesex County at 4 percent.

Though estimates show the white population decreasing between 2014 and 2015, there are still more white residents compared to 2010.

Fairfield County’s white population has expanded 0.76 percent since 2010.

Litchfield County had a bump in population between 2014 and 2015 among black, Hispanic, and Asian residents with increases of 18, 21, and 13 percent respectively.

Hispanic residents increased the most in Middlesex County— up 26 percent.

Tolland County’s largest ethnic resident increase was among Asians with 22 percent between 2010 and 2015.

Browse the table below to see how the population has evolved for different ethnicities in Connecticut.

What do you think?

  • fvcarstensen

    I really appreciate TrendCT providing a wide array of data about CT. But this is a perfect example of a major problem in CT: relying exclusively on federal data systems. We got blindsided in June, 2015, when BEA sharply revised down CT GDP; we again got blindsided when DoL, in March, revised employment figures–and CT lost half of its job gains in 2015. The Census projections–which are done with great skill–are based on surveys, sometimes quite small. So it seems as if this is what is happening with our population, but we don’t have any other data available that permits us to cross-check the federal data. Could it be quite wrong? Look at the history of economic data over the last two years!

    Other states have learned how important it is to have their own data systems; many now have State Data Councils to set standards and assure agencies move to a common framework so data can be integrated across agencies. This also permits addressing the issues of what should be archived, which longitudinal data sets to develop and retain, etc. Some states, like Wisconsin, create incentives to every household to file annual tax returns so it can develop real time information on household dynamics and demographic shifts. Connecticut has developed little capacity to develop and retain quality data–we don’t even know what is going on in the business sector, where the system for business licenses offers no way to differentiate between a one-person LLC and UTC. So as valuable as I think the TrendCT initiative is, it actually reveals, as here, how CT itself flies largely flies blind. There is nothing politically sexy about data, but it is the absolute core to framing policy decisions and tracking outcomes. Maybe, given the fiscal crisis driven in large part by lousy or non-existent state-level data, we will discover some candidates who speak to this critical issue. FC

    • Joseph Brzezinski

      Well said. CT does need to develop its own databases, though they should be crafted to coordinate with federal and census databases. Coordination would facilitate comparisons among states, larger municipal areas, counties, and towns; while enhanced CT data would facilitate drill down into local characteristics and issues. Both would resource econometric and predictive analytic studies to address policy decisions.
      RIGHT ON FC!

  • W.E. Coyote

    A far more significant change in demographics is the percentage of the population who are poor. Connecticut is bleeding white middle class folks and replacing them with poor minorities.

  • Donald Articolo

    Added up population data to approx 4040000. Connecticut population approx 3600000. So there is significant double counting, probably of hispanics in both hispanic and white categories. Check your data!