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:
- New Haven
- West Haven
If you happen to be a resident of one of these communities, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.
If you’re not–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.
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 over the last five years, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:
- Population in 2014
- Population in 2010
- Growth rate from 2010 to 2014 (The latest available data)
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 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population: 82,781 Population 2010: 79,371
Growth Rate: 4.3%
Absolute Growth: 3,410
Population: 125,401 Population 2010: 120,907
Growth Rate: 3.72%
Absolute Growth: 4,494
Population: 40,472 Population 2010: 39,061
Growth Rate: 3.61%
Absolute Growth: 1,411
Population: 87,214 Population 2010: 84,611
Growth Rate: 3.08%
Absolute Growth: 2,603
Population: 146,680 Population 2010: 142,576
Growth Rate: 2.88%
Absolute Growth: 4,104
Population: 40,378 Population 2010: 39,843
Growth Rate: 1.34%
Absolute Growth: 535
7. New Haven
Population: 130,553 Population 2010: 128,885
Growth Rate: 1.29%
Absolute Growth: 1,668
Population: 51,509 Population 2010: 51,019
Growth Rate: 0.96%
Absolute Growth: 490
9. West Haven
Population: 55,290 Population 2010: 55,070
Growth Rate: 0.4%
Absolute Growth: 220
Population: 125,211 Population 2010: 124,760
Growth Rate: 0.36%
Absolute Growth: 451
Adding It Up
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Connecticut are led by Danbury which has been growing a blistering pace these past five years relative to other places around the state.
It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same pace over the next five years. We’ll be here to let you know!
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