Poverty in Connecticut

What is the poverty rate in Connecticut?
The poverty rate in Connecticut is 10.1%. One out of every 9.9 residents of Connecticut lives in poverty.

How many people in Connecticut live in poverty?
350,783 of 3,486,033 residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

How does the Poverty Rate in Connecticut compare to the national average?
Connecticut ranks 3rd in Poverty Rate at 10.1%(poverty rankings by state).The Poverty Rate of Connecticut is dramatically lower than the national average of 14.6%.

Connecticut Poverty Rate County Map

Connecticut County Poverty Rate Comparison

Connecticut Poverty Rate By Sex

What is the poverty rate for men vs women living in Connecticut?

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in Connecticut is 9.1%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in Connecticut is 11.0%.

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of Connecticut

Female residents of Connecticut are meaningfully(20%) more likely to live in poverty than males.

154,683 of 1,697,619 males in Connecticut live below the poverty line.

196,100 of 1,788,414 females in Connecticut live below the poverty line.

Connecticut Poverty Rate By Age

What's the Poverty Rate in Connecticut By Age?

Connecticut Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of Connecticut Poverty Rate By Age

  • Children Under 6 in Connecticut have a Poverty Rate of 15.3%.
  • Children 6 to 11 Years Old in Connecticut have a Poverty Rate of 13.8%.
  • Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old in Connecticut have a Poverty Rate of 11.8%.
  • Adults 18 to 59 Years Old in Connecticut have a Poverty Rate of 9.8%.
  • Adults 60 to 74 Years Old in Connecticut have a Poverty Rate of 7.0%.
  • 75 to 84 Years Old in Connecticut have a Poverty Rate of 7.6%.
  • Over 85 Years Old in Connecticut have a Poverty Rate of 8.9%.

Historical Connecticut Poverty Rate

Connecticut Historical Poverty Rate
Year Poverty Rate YoY % Change National

2010

10.1% 15.3%

2011

10.9% 7.0% 15.9%

2012

10.7% 1.0% 15.9%

2013

10.7% 0.0% 15.8%

2014

10.8% 0.0% 15.5%

2015

10.5% 2.0% 14.7%

2016

9.8% 7.0% 14.0%

2017

9.6% 1.0% 13.4%
Source: 2010-2017 ACS 1 Year

Connecticut Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

Black

359,281

18.6% 25.2% 10.0%

American Indian

8,833

17.1% 26.8% 0.2%

Asian

151,478

8.4% 11.9% 4.2%

Other

176,661

25.9% 23.8% 4.9%

Two Or More Races

105,703

17.5% 18.4% 2.9%

White

2,376,879

5.9% 10.3% 66.1%

Hispanic

537,612

23.0% 22.2% 15.0%

What's the Poverty Rate in Connecticut By Race?

18.6% of Black residents of Connecticut live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of black residents in Connecticut is dramatically lower than the national average of 25.2%. 66,875 of 359,281 black Connecticuters live below the poverty line. Approximately 10.0% of the total population of Connecticut are black.

8.4% of Asian residents of Connecticut live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of asian residents in Connecticut is dramatically lower than the national average of 11.9%. 12,665 of 151,478 asian Connecticuters live below the poverty line. Approximately 4.2% of the total population of Connecticut are asian.

5.9% of White residents of Connecticut live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of white residents in Connecticut is dramatically lower than the national average of 10.3%. 141,064 of 2,376,879 white Connecticuters live below the poverty line. Approximately 66.1% of the total population of Connecticut are white.

23.0% of Hispanic residents of Connecticut live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in Connecticut is the same as than the national average. 123,584 of 537,612 hispanic Connecticuters live below the poverty line. Approximately 15.0% of the total population of Connecticut are hispanic.

Connecticut Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

Understanding where poverty hits hardest in Connecticut can be better understood by segmenting poverty by whether or not the resident is in school or not.

  • Enrolled in School in Connecticut have a Poverty Rate of 13.2%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Connecticut residents enrolled in school is dramatically lower than the national average of 20.1%. This translates to 113,104 of 858,246 Connecticuters enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 23.9% of the total population of Connecticut are currently enrolled in school.

  • Not Enrolled in School in Connecticut have a Poverty Rate of 8.8%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Connecticut residents not enrolled in school is significantly lower than the national average of 12.2%. This translates to 221,227 of 2,521,153 Connecticuters not enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 70.1% of the total population of Connecticut are currently not enrolled in school.

Poverty for younger ages in Connecticut is seen as the most undesirable for the future of the community.

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in Connecticut have a Poverty Rate of 11.7%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Connecticut residents enrolled in nursery school is dramatically lower than the national average of 18.0%. This translates to 6,590 of 56,089 Connecticuters enrolled in nursery school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.6% of the total population of Connecticut are currently enrolled in nursery school.

  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in Connecticut have a Poverty Rate of 14.6%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Connecticut residents enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) is dramatically lower than the national average of 21.2%. This translates to 24,243 of 166,002 Connecticuters enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.6% of the total population of Connecticut are currently enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4).

Poverty for developing children and young adults in Connecticut can have drastic impacts on graduation and college attendance rates.

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in Connecticut have a Poverty Rate of 12.3%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Connecticut residents enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) is dramatically lower than the national average of 19.0%. This translates to 22,112 of 179,147 Connecticuters enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.0% of the total population of Connecticut are currently enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8).

  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in Connecticut have a Poverty Rate of 12.1%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Connecticut residents enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) is dramatically lower than the national average of 17.7%. This translates to 23,904 of 197,476 Connecticuters enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.5% of the total population of Connecticut are currently enrolled in high school (grades 9-12).

Adult students in college, graduate or professional schools generally bring employers, revenue and higher living wages post-graduation and are seen as a positive to the community.

  • Enrolled in Undergraduate School in Connecticut have a Poverty Rate of 13.6%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Connecticut residents enrolled in undergraduate school is dramatically lower than the national average of 23.4%. This translates to 22,576 of 166,538 Connecticuters enrolled in undergraduate school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.6% of the total population of Connecticut are currently enrolled in undergraduate school.

  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in Connecticut have a Poverty Rate of 14.1%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Connecticut residents enrolled in graduate or professional school is meaningfully lower than the national average of 17.2%. This translates to 7,596 of 53,834 Connecticuters enrolled in graduate or professional school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.5% of the total population of Connecticut is currently enrolled in graduate or professional school.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Connecticut Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

What is the poverty rate for residents of Connecticut born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born?

9.8%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Connecticut who were born citizens of the United States is 9.8%.

11.5%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Connecticut who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 11.5%.

Poverty Rate for residents of Connecticut born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born

Foreign-born residents of Connecticut have a higher poverty rate than those who were born US citizens.

Of the 2,982,552 residents of Connecticut who were born citizens of the United States, 292,886 (9.8%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 57,897 (11.5%) of 503,481 residents of Connecticut who were born citizens of a country other than the US reported income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Connecticut Poverty Rate By City

Connecticut Poverty Rate Distribution by City
City Rank Poverty Rate Population

Ansonia

115th

18.6% 18,953

Bethel

12th

2.9% 9,780

Bethlehem Village

47th

6.0% 1,923

Blue Hills

50th

6.4% 3,258

Branford Center

39th

5.5% 6,355

Bridgeport

116th

20.8% 147,586

Bristol

87th

10.4% 60,498

Broad Brook

103rd

13.4% 4,687

Byram

91st

10.8% 4,601

Cheshire Village

21st

3.7% 6,251

Clinton

70th

8.1% 3,576

Colchester

69th

7.8% 4,879

Collinsville

29th

4.4% 3,551

Conning Towers Nautilus Park

76th

8.7% 9,515

Cos Cob

42nd

5.7% 6,840

Coventry Lake

54th

6.9% 2,932

Crystal Lake

1st

0.0% 2,109

Danbury

96th

11.6% 84,573

Danielson

122nd

24.8% 3,991

Darien

24th

3.7% 21,742

Deep River Center

72nd

8.1% 2,435

Derby

95th

11.4% 12,700

Durham

15th

3.1% 2,777

East Hampton

79th

9.2% 2,791

East Hartford

100th

13.0% 50,812

East Haven

75th

8.7% 29,006

Essex Village

14th

3.1% 2,477

Georgetown

13th

2.9% 1,869

Glastonbury Center

41st

5.6% 7,451

Glenville

74th

8.5% 2,264

Greenwich

56th

7.0% 13,399

Groton

108th

14.9% 9,184

Guilford Center

43rd

5.7% 2,521

Hartford

127th

30.5% 124,390

Hazardville

34th

4.8% 5,174

Heritage Village

46th

6.0% 3,880

Jewett City

106th

14.4% 3,443

Kensington

10th

2.8% 8,433

Lake Pocotopaug

51st

6.7% 3,479

Long Hill

16th

3.1% 4,528

Madison Center

59th

7.0% 2,737

Manchester

102nd

13.4% 30,021

Meriden

89th

10.8% 60,241

Middletown

94th

11.3% 46,747

Milford city (balance)

48th

6.1% 52,331

Moosup

83rd

9.8% 3,499

Mystic

40th

5.5% 4,268

Naugatuck

85th

10.0% 31,649

New Britain

117th

22.7% 73,069

New Haven

123rd

25.6% 130,884

New London

125th

28.3% 27,147

New Milford

92nd

11.0% 7,073

Newington

33rd

4.8% 30,603

Newtown

19th

3.5% 1,972

Niantic

62nd

7.2% 2,918

North Haven

20th

3.6% 23,877

Northwest Harwinton

66th

7.4% 3,216

Norwalk

78th

9.2% 88,537

Norwich

107th

14.6% 39,875

Oakville

17th

3.1% 8,918

Old Greenwich

35th

4.9% 6,860

Old Mystic

82nd

9.3% 3,546

Old Saybrook Center

60th

7.2% 1,981

Orange

18th

3.3% 13,981

Oxoboxo River

68th

7.7% 2,938

Pawcatuck

110th

15.6% 4,999

Pemberwick

44th

5.9% 4,281

Plainfield Village

98th

12.6% 2,039

Poquonock Bridge

124th

26.4% 2,233

Portland

88th

10.7% 5,595

Putnam

71st

8.1% 6,992

Ridgefield

8th

2.5% 7,929

Riverside

25th

3.9% 8,385

Rockville

97th

12.4% 7,188

Salmon Brook

45th

5.9% 2,549

Shelton

38th

5.4% 41,282

Sherwood Manor

26th

4.2% 5,443

Simsbury Center

11th

2.8% 6,077

Southwood Acres

57th

7.0% 7,816

Stafford Springs

112th

16.4% 5,042

Stamford

80th

9.3% 128,851

Storrs

128th

37.7% 16,077

Stratford

73rd

8.2% 52,529

Terryville

61st

7.2% 5,192

Thompsonville

113th

17.1% 8,328

Torrington

84th

9.8% 35,078

Trumbull

7th

1.9% 36,455

Wallingford Center

32nd

4.8% 17,756

Waterbury

120th

24.3% 109,250

Waterford

105th

13.7% 2,785

Watertown

49th

6.3% 3,608

Weatogue

5th

1.4% 2,935

West Hartford

67th

7.5% 63,360

West Haven

101st

13.2% 55,044

West Simsbury

22nd

3.7% 2,387

Westport

28th

4.3% 27,777

Wethersfield

37th

5.3% 26,395

Willimantic

126th

29.9% 17,550

Windsor Locks

53rd

6.9% 12,563

Winsted

118th

23.5% 7,482

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