These Are The 10 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:

  1. Danbury
  2. Stamford
  3. Shelton
  4. Norwalk
  5. Bridgeport
  6. Norwich
  7. New Haven
  8. Milford
  9. West Haven
  10. Hartford

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.

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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]

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1. Danbury

Danbury, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 82,781
Population 2010: 79,371
Growth Rate: 4.3%
Absolute Growth: 3,410

2. Stamford

Stamford, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 125,401
Population 2010: 120,907
Growth Rate: 3.72%
Absolute Growth: 4,494

3. Shelton

Shelton, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 40,472
Population 2010: 39,061
Growth Rate: 3.61%
Absolute Growth: 1,411

4. Norwalk

Norwalk, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 87,214
Population 2010: 84,611
Growth Rate: 3.08%
Absolute Growth: 2,603

5. Bridgeport

Bridgeport, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 146,680
Population 2010: 142,576
Growth Rate: 2.88%
Absolute Growth: 4,104

6. Norwich

Norwich, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 40,378
Population 2010: 39,843
Growth Rate: 1.34%
Absolute Growth: 535

7. New Haven

New Haven, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 130,553
Population 2010: 128,885
Growth Rate: 1.29%
Absolute Growth: 1,668

8. Milford

Milford, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 51,509
Population 2010: 51,019
Growth Rate: 0.96%
Absolute Growth: 490

9. West Haven

West Haven, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 55,290
Population 2010: 55,070
Growth Rate: 0.4%
Absolute Growth: 220

10. Hartford

Hartford, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

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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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Connecticut

City Rank Pop 2014 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Danbury 1 82,781 79,371 3,410 4.3%
Stamford 2 125,401 120,907 4,494 3.7%
Shelton 3 40,472 39,061 1,411 3.6%
Norwalk 4 87,214 84,611 2,603 3.1%
Bridgeport 5 146,680 142,576 4,104 2.9%
Norwich 6 40,378 39,843 535 1.3%
New Haven 7 130,553 128,885 1,668 1.3%
Milford 8 51,509 51,019 490 1.0%
West Haven 9 55,290 55,070 220 0.4%
Hartford 10 125,211 124,760 451 0.4%
Meriden 11 60,616 60,484 132 0.2%
New Britain 12 73,095 72,954 141 0.2%
Middletown 13 47,424 47,349 75 0.2%
Bristol 14 60,556 60,466 90 0.1%
New London 15 27,536 27,496 40 0.1%
Naugatuck 16 31,790 31,746 44 0.1%
Derby 17 12,837 12,826 11 0.1%
Waterbury 18 109,887 109,941 -54 -0.0%
Ansonia 19 19,128 19,163 -35 -0.2%
Torrington 20 35,774 36,423 -649 -1.8%
Groton 21 9,348 10,225 -877 -8.6%

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