These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Connecticut For 2019


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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the fastest growing cities in Connecticut.

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Is being in an area that’s growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Bridgeport and New Haven, while others want peace and quiet like in Groton and Derby, thank you very much.

But today we’re going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts — over the past five years, which cities in Connecticut have the grown the fastest.

After getting knee deep in the Census’s American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Constitution State that have people climbing over each other to get in.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Connecticut for 2019 according to the most recent census data:

  1. Stamford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Danbury (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Shelton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Norwalk (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Bridgeport (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Milford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. New Haven (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. New Britain (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Norwich (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Bristol (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you happen to be a resident of Stamford, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you’re surprised–and you’re wondering why these places are kind of a big deal–keep reading. We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Connecticut are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Connecticut or the Fastest Growing States In America.

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Constitution State

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the begining of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2017
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2017 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

We ranked all 21 Connecticut cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Constitution State.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Population 2017 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here’s a graph of the cities in Connecticut with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in connecticut

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1. Stamford

Stamford, Connecticut

Source: Public domain

Population: 128,851
Population 2010: 120,907
Growth Rate: 6.57%
Absolute Growth: 7,944
More on Stamford: Homes For Sale | Data
Stamford is a city in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 122,643. As of July 1, 2014, according to the Census Bureau, the population of Stamford had risen to 128,278, making it the third-largest city in the state (behind Bridgeport and New Haven) and the seventh-largest city in New England. Approximately 30 miles (50 kilometers) from Manhattan, Stamford is in the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk Metro area which is a part of the Greater New York metropolitan area.

2. Danbury

Danbury, Connecticut

Source: Public domain

Population: 84,573
Population 2010: 79,371
Growth Rate: 6.55%
Absolute Growth: 5,202
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Danbury is a city in northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States, located along the Still River approximately 70 miles northeast of New York’s city center. Danbury’s population at the 2010 census was 80,893. Danbury is the fourth most populous city in Fairfield County, and seventh among Connecticut cities. The city is within the New York combined statistical area and Bridgeport metropolitan area.

3. Shelton

Shelton, Connecticut

Population: 41,282
Population 2010: 39,061
Growth Rate: 5.69%
Absolute Growth: 2,221
More on Shelton: Homes For Sale | Data
Shelton is a city in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 39,559 at the 2010 census.

4. Norwalk

Norwalk, Connecticut

Population: 88,537
Population 2010: 84,611
Growth Rate: 4.64%
Absolute Growth: 3,926
More on Norwalk: Homes For Sale | Data
Norwalk (/nrwk/ NOR-wawk), is a U.S city located in southwestern Connecticut, in southern Fairfield County, on the northern shore of Long Island Sound. Norwalk is included statistically within both the New York-Newark, NY-NJ-CT-PA Combined Statistical Area as well as the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT Metropolitan Statistical Area.

5. Bridgeport

Bridgeport, Connecticut

Population: 147,586
Population 2010: 142,576
Growth Rate: 3.51%
Absolute Growth: 5,010
More on Bridgeport: Homes For Sale | Data
Bridgeport is a seaport city in the U.S. state of Connecticut. It is the largest city in the state and is located in Fairfield County at the mouth of the Pequonnock River on Long Island Sound. Bridgeport had a population of 144,229 during the 2010 Census, making it also the 5th-most populous in New England. It is bordered by the towns of Trumbull to the north, Fairfield to the west, and Stratford to the east. The Greater Bridgeport area is the 48th-largest urban area in the United States. Located 60 miles from Manhattan and 40 miles from the Bronx, Bridgeport is also part of the New York metropolitan area.

6. Milford

Milford, Connecticut

Population: 52,331
Population 2010: 51,019
Growth Rate: 2.57%
Absolute Growth: 1,312
More on Milford: Homes For Sale | Data
Milford is a Coterminous municipality within Coastal Connecticut and New Haven County, Connecticut, between Bridgeport, Connecticut and New Haven, Connecticut. The population was 51,271 at the 2010 census. The city includes the borough of Woodmont and the village of Devon. Milford is part of the New York-Newark, NY-NJ-CT-PA Combined Statistical Area. It is the headquarters of the mega business Subway

7. New Haven

New Haven, Connecticut

Population: 130,884
Population 2010: 128,885
Growth Rate: 1.55%
Absolute Growth: 1,999
More on New Haven: Homes For Sale | Data
New Haven (locally /nu hevn/ noo-HAY-vn), in the U.S. state of Connecticut, is the principal municipality in Greater New Haven, which had a total population of 862,477 in 2010. It is located on New Haven Harbor on the northern shore of Long Island Sound in New Haven County, Connecticut, and is part of the New York metropolitan area. It is the second-largest city in Connecticut (after Bridgeport), with a population of 129,779 people as of the 2010 United States Census. According to a census of 1 July 2012, by the Census Bureau, the city had a population of 130,741.

8. New Britain

New Britain, Connecticut

Population: 73,069
Population 2010: 72,954
Growth Rate: 0.16%
Absolute Growth: 115
More on New Britain: Homes For Sale | Data
New Britain is a city in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States. It is located approximately 9 miles (14 km) southwest of Hartford. According to 2010 Census, the population of the city is 73,206.

9. Norwich

Norwich, Connecticut

Source: Public domain

Population: 39,875
Population 2010: 39,843
Growth Rate: 0.08%
Absolute Growth: 32
More on Norwich: Homes For Sale | Data
Norwich, known as ‘The Rose of New England’, is a city in New London County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 40,493 at the 2010 United States Census. Three rivers, the Yantic, the Shetucket, and the Quinebaug, flow into the city and form its harbor, from which the Thames River flows south to Long Island Sound.

10. Bristol

Bristol, Connecticut

Source: Public domain

Population: 60,498
Population 2010: 60,466
Growth Rate: 0.05%
Absolute Growth: 32
More on Bristol: Homes For Sale | Data

These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Connecticut are led by Stamford which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We’ll be here to let you know!

For more Connecticut reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Connecticut

Rank City Pop 2017 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
1 Stamford 128,851 120,907 7,944 6.6%
2 Danbury 84,573 79,371 5,202 6.6%
3 Shelton 41,282 39,061 2,221 5.7%
4 Norwalk 88,537 84,611 3,926 4.6%
5 Bridgeport 147,586 142,576 5,010 3.5%
6 Milford 52,331 51,019 1,312 2.6%
7 New Haven 130,884 128,885 1,999 1.6%
8 New Britain 73,069 72,954 115 0.2%
9 Norwich 39,875 39,843 32 0.1%
10 Bristol 60,498 60,466 32 0.1%
11 West Haven 55,044 55,070 -26 -0.0%
12 Hartford 124,390 124,760 -370 -0.3%
13 Naugatuck 31,649 31,746 -97 -0.3%
14 Meriden 60,241 60,484 -243 -0.4%
15 Waterbury 109,250 109,941 -691 -0.6%
16 Derby 12,700 12,826 -126 -1.0%
17 Ansonia 18,953 19,163 -210 -1.1%
18 New London 27,147 27,496 -349 -1.3%
19 Middletown 46,747 47,349 -602 -1.3%
20 Torrington 35,078 36,423 -1,345 -3.7%
21 Groton 9,184 10,225 -1,041 -10.2%

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