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December 31, 2019

Census: CT population shrank for sixth consecutive year

Hartford's skyline.

Connecticut’s population continued to shrink over the past year, and at a slightly quicker pace, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The state’s population declined by a total of 6,233 people from July 2018 to July 2019, to a total of 3,565,287, amounting to a loss of 0.2 percent. That was higher than a decline of 1,215 from the year-ago period.

In the most recent year, 10 states saw population losses, due to a combination of outmigration and the gap between the number of births and deaths. 

New York, Illinois and West Virginia all had higher losses as a percentage of total population than Connecticut.

Connecticut's population has been decreasing since 2014, according to the Census Bureau.

The national population climbed 0.5 percent, to 328.2 million, down from 0.6 percent a year ago.

The recent growth was driven by an 0.8 percent gain in the South, tempered by the Northeast’s decline of 0.1 percent.

National population growth has been slowing since 2014-2015, when the Census Bureau recorded growth of 0.73 percent -- the peak for the decade that’s now coming to a close.

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