February 6, 2019

Feds: CT getting older in 80% of towns, cities

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Hartford's skyline.

New census data show what many already know: Connecticut's population is getting older.

Recently released data by the U.S. Census Bureau, according to the Connecticut Data Collaborative, the state's official aggregator for 2020 census reporting, says that the median age of residents rose in 135 of Connecticut's 169 municipalities over the last decade.

The average resident was older in almost 80 percent of towns and cities between 2013 to 2017 vs. 2008 to 2012, the data show. The average age fell in 31 municipalities and remained flat in three others.

Connecticut's median age is 40.8.

Connecticut's population is steadily aging and shrinking.

The U.S. Census Bureau reported in January that Connecticut was one of nine states nationally that had fewer residents in fiscal 2018 compared to a year earlier.

Providing some context for recent outward migration,United Van Lines days later said the primary reason Connecticut residents were hiring the moving company for outbound trips were due to job (34.8 percent) and retirement (30.7 percent) purposes.

Under the latest census data, Mansfield, which houses UConn's main campus, had the youngest median age of 21.1 between the five-year period ending in 2017. Trailing with the state's youngest communities were Windham (30 years old), New Haven (30.7), Hartford and New London (30.9) -- most of which are also major college hubs.

The state's 10 oldest cities per median age were Canaan (52.6), Kent (53.1), Cornwall (53.3), Essex (53.9), Norfolk (54.1), Bridgewater (54.6), Lyme (55), Salisbury (55.1), Washington (55.5) and Sharon (58.9).

The median age is under 40 in 24, or 14 percent, of Connecticut's towns and cities and over 50 in 20 municipalities.

On Monday, Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz gathered state and local officials at the state Capitol to launch a new committee aimed at ensuring Connecticut's population is accurately counted in the 2020 Census.

Bysiewicz said census accuracy is important in determining how many federal dollars are allocated to Connecticut. The state, she says, pays the most in federal income taxes nationwide while it receives among the fewest federal dollars.

"The data collected by the 2020 census affects all of us, not just in government, but also private businesses, schools, hospitals, nonprofits, and other public and private entities," she said.

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