These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Connecticut For 2018


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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 2018 according to the most recent census data:

  1. Danbury (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Stamford (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. Norwich (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Bristol (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. New Britain (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you happen to be a resident of Danbury, 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 2016
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2016 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2017)

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 2016 – 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. Danbury

Danbury, Connecticut

Source: Public domain

Population: 83,890
Population 2010: 79,371
Growth Rate: 5.69%
Absolute Growth: 4,519
More on Danbury: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

2. Stamford

Stamford, Connecticut

Source: Public domain

Population: 127,410
Population 2010: 120,907
Growth Rate: 5.38%
Absolute Growth: 6,503
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.

3. Shelton

Shelton, Connecticut

Population: 40,979
Population 2010: 39,061
Growth Rate: 4.91%
Absolute Growth: 1,918
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Shelton is a city in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 39,559 at the 2010 census.

4. Norwalk

Norwalk, Connecticut

Population: 87,930
Population 2010: 84,611
Growth Rate: 3.92%
Absolute Growth: 3,319
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: 147,022
Population 2010: 142,576
Growth Rate: 3.12%
Absolute Growth: 4,446
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: 52,005
Population 2010: 51,019
Growth Rate: 1.93%
Absolute Growth: 986
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: 130,405
Population 2010: 128,885
Growth Rate: 1.18%
Absolute Growth: 1,520
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. Norwich

Norwich, Connecticut

Source: Public domain

Population: 40,057
Population 2010: 39,843
Growth Rate: 0.54%
Absolute Growth: 214
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.

9. Bristol

Bristol, Connecticut

Source: Public domain

Population: 60,437
Population 2010: 60,466
Growth Rate: -0.05%
Absolute Growth: -29
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10. New Britain

New Britain, Connecticut

Population: 72,876
Population 2010: 72,954
Growth Rate: -0.11%
Absolute Growth: -78
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.

These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Connecticut are led by Danbury 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 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
1 Danbury 83,890 79,371 4,519 5.7%
2 Stamford 127,410 120,907 6,503 5.4%
3 Shelton 40,979 39,061 1,918 4.9%
4 Norwalk 87,930 84,611 3,319 3.9%
5 Bridgeport 147,022 142,576 4,446 3.1%
6 Milford 52,005 51,019 986 1.9%
7 New Haven 130,405 128,885 1,520 1.2%
8 Norwich 40,057 39,843 214 0.5%
9 Bristol 60,437 60,466 -29 -0.0%
10 New Britain 72,876 72,954 -78 -0.1%
11 West Haven 54,972 55,070 -98 -0.2%
12 Hartford 124,320 124,760 -440 -0.4%
13 Naugatuck 31,625 31,746 -121 -0.4%
14 Meriden 60,203 60,484 -281 -0.5%
15 Derby 12,755 12,826 -71 -0.6%
16 Waterbury 109,211 109,941 -730 -0.7%
17 Middletown 46,933 47,349 -416 -0.9%
18 New London 27,218 27,496 -278 -1.0%
19 Ansonia 18,950 19,163 -213 -1.1%
20 Torrington 35,227 36,423 -1,196 -3.3%
21 Groton 9,240 10,225 -985 -9.6%

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