Religion mapped across America’s counties

December is a big month for religious followers. Evangelical Protestants outnumber other religious adherents in more than half the counties in the country, or about 1766. Catholics are second, with about 800 counties where they outnumber others. With the most followers in about 500 counties, Mainline Protestants is third.

Younger CT women shift toward degrees in sciences, away from education

Younger people are earning bachelor’s degrees in education at a far lower rate than older age groups, and gender gaps in science and engineering have narrowed, new Census data show. Nationwide, just 8.9 percent of 25- to 39-year-olds with bachelor’s degrees studied education, compared with 12.7 percent of 40- to 64-year-olds and 23.5 percent of people aged 65 and older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 American Community Survey five-year estimates.

Advocacy group report points to cost as housing hurdle

Connecticut has made strides in reducing homelessness and increasing its affordable housing stock, but affordability remains a challenge for a state with the sixth-highest housing costs in the nation, according to an update from the Partnership for Strong Communities, a non-profit housing advocacy group.

Health care law subsidy averages $357 per month in CT

The federal health law pays an estimated $346 million per year in insurance premiums on behalf of Connecticut residents — dollars that will be at stake as lawmakers debate a repeal of the Affordable Care Act. For individual Connecticut customers, that amounts to an average of $357 in premium subsidies per month, according to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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.

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.