Hartford, Connecticut

The capital city of Connecticut is Hartford (in the above picture). This state is the 48th largest (4,842 square miles) and the 29th most populous among the 50 United States and capital district. Black or African American is the second largest race after White in this state. Majority of occupations in Connecticut is management and professional (40.20%), followed by sales and office (24.90%).

State Stats and Facts

  1. Connecticut has some nicknames including the Nutmeg State, Blue Law State, Freestone State and Land of Steady Habits
  2. Connecticut has one of the highest annual costs of Private 4-Year College ($44,698.84 vs. national average $32,616.64)
  3. Connecticut has one of the highest life expectancy at birth (81 compared to country average 79)
  4. Connecticut has one of the highest number of people living in the same house for 1 year or more (87.90% vs. USA average 84.80%)
  5. Connecticut has one of the highest income per person in 2012 ($37,807.00 compared to country median $28,051.00)

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Total population compared to the USA
Population distribution by race or ethnicity
Female vs male population
Education, home ownership and poverty rate
Land area, population density and life expectancy
Unemployment rate and occupation types
Business ownerships
Production and sales per business sector

Population Charts

Data from 2013 shows Connecticut population was 3,596,080 which ranks the 29th among the 50 states and capital district in the US. The most populous city in Connecticut is Bridgeport. In this section, you’ll learn various state profiles on population by race, age and gender.

Total population compared to the USA

Between April 1, 2010 and July 1, 2013, net population change is 0.60%. This is lower than national average, which is 2.40%. Connecticut population represents only 1.14% of the entire population in the USA as pictured in the following chart.

Connecticut total population compared to the USA

Population distribution by race or age

Census 2013 shows the following five races or ethnicities representing population in Connecticut (in descending order):

  • White ancestry 81.60%
  • Black or African American 11.30%
  • Asian ethnicity 4.30%
  • Others (two or more races) 2.10%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native 0.50%
  • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.10%

The following chart compares Connecticut population distribution to national average:

Comparison of Connecticut population distribution by rate or ethnicity to USA average

Based on Census QuickFacts 2013, 5.30% of Connecticut population are under 5 years old, 21.80% are under 18 years and 15.20% are 65 years or older. Furthermore 21.20% of Connecticut population (over the age of 5) speak language other than English at home, which is higher than the US average of 20.50%.

Female vs male population

Female population in 2013 is 51.20% which is slightly more than male population. Connecticut female population number ranks the 11th nation-wide. USA’s average female population is 50.80% whereas male population average is 49.20%.  The following chart shows comparison of female and male population between Connecticut and the USA.

Female and male population in Connecticut vs USA average

Demographics Charts

In this section, you’ll find a collection of statistical profiles on education, property ownerships, poverty, land area, population density and life expectancy.  For analysis purposes, each state data is compared to national average.  Data is sourced from last census.

Education, home ownership and poverty rate

In the chart below, you’ll find:

  • Rate of high school graduates is 89.00% which is higher than national average of 85.70%
  • Rate of bachelor’s degree is 36.20%, higher than US average of 28.50%
  • Home ownership rate is 68.30%, higher than US average of 65.50%
  • People who live below poverty rate is 10.00%, lower than US median of 14.90%

Data is obtained from Census 2008-2012.

Comparison of Connecticut Education, Home Ownership and Poverty to USA average

Land area, population density and life expectancy

Featured on the table below is:

  • Land area is 0.14% of total land area
  • Connecticut has more population density than the USA average (738.1 people per square mile vs 87.4)
  • Life expectancy in Connecticut is higher by 1.96 years than national average

Data is based on Census 2010.

Connecticut land area, population density & life expectancy
Demographic Attribute Connecticut USA
Land area (square miles) 4,842.36 3,531,905.43
Population density (people per square mile) 738.1 87.4
Life expectancy (years) 80.8 78.9

Unemployment rate and occupation types

Connecticut unemployment rate (May 2013 to June 2014) is 6.40% (higher than national average). Minimum wage in Connecticut is $8.70 per hour, which ranks the 6th highest among the states.  The table and chart below show various occupation types based on data obtained from 2010.

Occupation types in Connecticut based on Census 2010
Occupation Connecticut USA
Management or professional-related job 40.20% 34.90%
Service-related job 16.70% 17.10%
Sales and office job 24.90% 25.50%
Farming, fishing, and forestry 0.20% 0.70%
Construction, extraction, maintenance and repair 7.70% 9.30%
Production, transportation and material moving 10.20% 12.50%
Comparison of Connecticut Occupation Types to USA Average

Regarding travel time to work, workers in Connecticut usually took less time than US average. Data from American Community Survey shows travel time in Connecticut was 24.8 minutes on average, whereas national average was 25.4 minutes. Average travel time is obtained by calculating time required to get from home to work each day during the week.

Business ownerships

Latest census business data shows:

  • Black-owned firms 4.40%, lower than national average of 7.10%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native-owned firms 0.50%, lower than national median of 0.90%
  • Asian-owned firms 3.30%, lower than US average of 5.70%
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-owned firms 0.00%, lower than the country’s average of 0.10%
  • Hispanic-owned firms 4.20%, lower than national average of 8.30%
  • Women-owned firms 28.10%, lower than US median of 28.80%

For comparison purpose, the following chart includes data from US average.

Comparison of Business Ownership Percentage to USA Average

Production and sales

The following table and chart show manufacturers production shipments and sales figures per business area. This information highlights which specific business area Connecticut is strong at.

Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures
Description Connecticut USA
Manufacturers shipments ($1000) 58,404,898 5,319,456,312
Merchant wholesaler sales ($1000) 107,917,037 4,174,286,516
Retail sales ($1000) 52,165,480 3,917,663,456
Accommodation and food services ($1000) 9,138,437 613,795,732
Connecticut Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures

Retail spending per person is $14,953.00, which is higher than US median of $12,990.00. In 2012, number of building permits issued in Connecticut was 4,669.

Interesting Facts and Statistics (continued)

  1. Connecticut has one of the highest annual costs of Public 4-Year College ($19,400.08 vs. country median $15,918.01)
  2. Connecticut has one of the lowest number of storm events (203 whilst USA median 1,137)
  3. Connecticut has one of the lowest land area, in sqm (4,842 while USA median 3,531,905)
  4. Connecticut has one of the lowest injury rates resulting from storm events (0 compared to country median 84)

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