Connecticut Population 2016

3,587,010

With the last US Census being carried out in 2010, the Connecticut population in 2016 can only be estimated. However, taking a look at natural growth figures for the past few years can lead to fairly accurate predictions for the state's current population. As of 2016, it is estimated that the population of Connecticut has exceeded 3.5 million.

The last confirmed population data for Connecticut was recorded during the 2010 Census, which revealed that the state had a total population of 3,574,097. The latest Census Bureau estimate -- taken in July 2015 -- took that figure to 3,590,886, which would make Connecticut the 29th largest state in the United States in terms of population.

Connecticut is one of the slower growing states in terms of population, at just 0.23% per year.

Connecticut Population Density and Demographics

The population density of Connecticut makes for some very interesting reading. Connecticut has a very small land mass -- just 5,543 square miles (14,357 square kilometers) making this only the 48th largest state in the Union by size.

However, Connecticut crams a significant number of citizens into every inch of its land. The terrain is very flat, and very few areas of the state are inhospitable to habitation. As a result, there is an impressive 738.1 people for every square mile (285 per square kilometer), and this ranks Connecticut at 4th place in the country in terms of population density.

Connecticut Population Chart

Connecticut Population History

Because of its location on the US East Coast, many of the early settlers would have set up home in Connecticut – something that is clear from the early population figures.

In 1790, the population of Connecticut was recorded as 237,946, a population which dwarfed many other states at the time, where the total population barely exceed a few thousand in many cases.

From this point, the population within the state grew but at a slower rate than in many other parts of the country. By 1800, the numbers had grown by just 5.5% to 251,002, and similar rises were recorded throughout the first half of the 19th century.

In the latter half of the 1800s, however, numbers were on the rise by significant margins and increases of 20% on a census by census basis were common. By 1900, the Connecticut population exceeded one million for the first time.

Since that time, the state's population has continued to grow at a fairly steady rate, to the 3.5 million estimated today.

In 2005, natural growth figures were released and they showed that in the five years since the previous census in 2000, there was an increase in numbers of 67,427. This was calculated based on 222,222 births in the five year period minus 154,795 deaths and a net migration figure of 41,718.

Connecticut Population Growth

The last official figure from the 2010 Census and estimates from July 2015 show a 0.5% growth rate. If Connecticut continues to grow at rates observed in the recent past, it is estimated that the population will reach or exceed 3.7 million in 2020.

Population Data via US Census

Connecticut Growth Rate

Connecticut State Rank

Year Pop % Change
2020 3,571,506 -0.11%
2019 3,575,382 -0.11%
2018 3,579,258 -0.11%
2017 3,583,134 -0.11%
2016 3,587,010 -0.11%
2015 3,590,886 -0.11%
2014 3,594,762 -0.07%
2013 3,597,168 0.10%
2012 3,593,541 0.11%
2011 3,589,759 0.44%
2010 3,574,097 0.48%
2000 3,405,565 0.35%
1990 3,287,116 0.56%
1980 3,107,576 0.25%
1970 3,031,709 1.80%
1960 2,535,234 2.36%
1950 2,007,280 1.62%
1940 1,709,242 0.62%
1930 1,606,903 1.53%
1920 1,380,631 2.16%
1910 1,114,756 2.07%
1900 908,420 1.99%
1890 746,258 1.83%
1880 622,700 1.48%
1870 537,454 1.57%
1860 460,147 2.18%
1850 370,792 1.81%
1840 309,978 0.41%
1830 297,675 0.79%
1820 275,202 0.49%
1810 262,042 0.43%
1800 251,002 0.54%
1790 237,946 0.00%

Connecticut Facts

Connecticut Population in 2016 Source: Elipongo

  • Connecticut was the state that implemented the first speed limit. This occurred in 1901, and the limit was 12 miles per hour.
  • An average of 2,400 hours -- or about 100 days -- of sunshine occurs in Connecticut every year.
  • Connecticut has two state capitals -- New Haven and Hartford -- from 1703 to 1875. Today, Hartford is the only state capital.
  • The first State House in the US was built in Connecticut in 1788.
  • Connecticut's Yale University issued the first medical diploma in 1729.
  • Connecticut had the first public art museum, which was established in 1842.
  • The Hartford Courant is the oldest newspaper published in the country.
  • Former President George W. Bush was born in New Haven, and he holds the distinction of being the only US President born in the state of Connecticut.
  • New Haven was incorporated as a city in 1784.
  • Burlington was first inhabited by the Tunxis Tribe and was supposedly used as hunting grounds.

Connecticut Population Pyramid

Connecticut Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White 2,950,820 82.56%
Black or African American 392,131 10.97%
American Indian and Alaska Native 16,734 0.47%
Asian 140,516 3.93%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 3,491 0.1%
Two or more races 70,405 1.97%

Languages Spoken in Connecticut

Language Population Percentage
Population 5 years and over 3,386,166 100.00%
English 2,840,826 83.90%
Spanish 371,025 10.96%
Portuguese 36,945 1.09%
French 30,575 0.90%
Chinese 20,945 0.62%
German 11,535 0.34%
Albanian 7,430 0.22%
Telugu 5,575 0.16%
Kru, Ibo, Yoruba 5,165 0.15%

This chart shows the top 10 non-English languages that are spoken at home in Connecticut. The data comes from the most recent release of the American Community Survey (ACS).

Connecticut County Populations

County Population Rank
Fairfield County 948,053 1
Hartford County 895,841 2
New Haven County 859,470 3
New London County 271,863 4
Litchfield County 183,603 5
Middlesex County 164,063 6
Tolland County 151,420 7
Windham County 116,573 8