[Excerpt from evening news broadcast by Jane Caffrey, March 18, 2022]
The data from the U.S. Census Bureau ultimately helps policymakers evaluate where to allocate funds to best serve people living in Connecticut
A survey released by the U.S. Census Bureau Thursday provides data on the demographics of communities across Connecticut. The American Community Survey includes data from a five-year period, from 2016 to 2020.
"It's really the most detailed survey that the Census does its use to understand community needs, how to deliver services and decide how to fund our cities and towns in the state," Mark Abraham, DataHaven Executive Director, said.
An interactive map breaks down data in 10 categories, county by county. It gives details on median age, which is typically over 40 across Connecticut. Data on commute times shows people living in Connecticut spend between 23 and 31 minutes getting to work.The percent of the population with a high school degree is 89 percent or higher statewide. The average household income in every county is $65,000 or more.
"Connecticut really tracks with the nation as a whole on a lot of these social and economic measures," Abraham said. "But it's a little bit more of a mixed story when you look at the cities and towns. A good example of that would be incomes rose much more quickly in Stamford, Connecticut, and Fairfield County, and in Waterbury, they didn't increase significantly. So it is showing sort of a difference that has to do with the types of jobs in those areas have access to economic opportunity.”