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 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.
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.
Nearly one in four Connecticut adults has a health condition that probably would make them unable to buy insurance through the individual market without protections for people with pre-existing conditions, such as those created by Obamacare, according to an analysis released Monday by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
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.
Since 2010, Connecticut has grown in population by about 1.3 percent and median household income has decreased about 4.5 percent after adjusting for inflation, according to new figures released by the U.S. Census today.
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.