How much Connecticut’s largest towns have grown or shrunk since 2010

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The southwestern cities of Connecticut have gained residents since 2010 while populations in most of the state’s other larger cities have declined.

The U.S. Census recently released annual estimates on the population of towns with more than 50,000 residents. Bridgeport, Danbury, and Norwalk each had consistent growth of more than 2,000 residents in the five years since 2010. New Haven’s population shows an increase of 479 residents since 2010, but all of the city’s recent growth came in 2010-2011, and the population has been declining since then. Note: As DataHaven points out, comparing the 2009 annual estimates to 2010 actual count shows that these figures are never very accurate at a town or city level.

Stamford has grown the most of all Connecticut cities with an influx of more than 5,000.

Waterbury had the largest population decline with more than 1,000. Hartford, Meriden, New Britain, and West Haven saw drops in the hundreds of residents since 2010.

Overall, Connecticut’s population has increased from 3.5 million by about 17,000 residents.

Population change in Connecticut’s largest cities since 2010
City 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Trendline Change
Bridgeport 144,845 146,110 147,005 147,786 147,612 2,767
Bristol 60,479 60,580 60,617 60,598 60,570 91
Danbury 81,354 82,176 82,818 83,814 83,784 2,430
Hartford 125,314 125,492 125,266 125,161 124,705 -609
Meriden 60,874 60,736 60,660 60,518 60,293 -581
New Britain 73,240 73,240 73,115 73,004 72,878 -362
New Haven 129,803 130,955 130,938 130,763 130,282 479
Norwalk 85,992 86,705 87,285 87,944 88,145 2,153
Stamford 122,815 124,123 125,125 126,688 128,278 5,463
Waterbury 110,367 110,080 109,932 109,709 109,307 -1,060
West Haven 55,565 55,512 55,248 55,129 54,905 -660
U.S. Census

Focusing on metropolitan areas, the Bridgeport, Stamford and Norwalk metro’s population grew by more than 25,000, while, the New Haven and Milford metro’s population dropped by more than 2,000.

Population change in Connecticut’s metro areas since 2010
Metro Area 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Change
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk 919,506 928,722 935,290 942,119 945,438 25,932
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford 1,214,021 1,216,393 1,215,143 1,215,943 1,214,295 274
New Haven-Milford 863,367 864,049 864,031 863,016 861,277 -2,090
Norwich-New London 274,102 274,056 274,544 273,976 273,676 -426
U.S. Census

Out of all the largest cities across the country, Detroit has seen the largest drop since 2010, with a loss of more than 30,000 people.

Browse or search through all the cities to see how their population has changed through the years.

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