More Latinos, Fewer Whites And Blacks

DataHavenNew Haven is less white, less black, and more Hispanic than it was 10 years ago. It’s also seen the greatest numerical increase in overall population of any city or town in the state in the last decade.

That’s according to numbers recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau, which completed its decennial census last year.

Official census figures indicate that New Haven’s population increased by 6,153 people over the last ten years, for a total population of 129,779 in 2010. That’s a greater net influx of people than any town in the state. (See the numbers here.)

It’s not, however, the greatest percentage increase in population. New Haven’s population increase since 2000 represents 5 percent more people. Middletown saw a smaller net influx of 4,481 people in the decade, but a larger, 10.4 percent population increase. Danbury welcomed just a few people fewer than New Haven, with 6,045 new residents, but saw a greater, 8.1 percent increase. Mansfield and Oxford had population increases of nearly 30 percent.

Those towns, along with New Haven, Hamden, Manchester, and West Haven, bested the 4.9 population increase rate for the entire state over the last ten years.

New Haven remains the second-largest city in Connecticut, ahead of Hartford by 5,000 people and smaller than Bridgeport, which has 144,229 people. Among the top five largest cities in the State, New Haven’s growth was the greatest in terms of numbers and percentage.

On Thursday afternoon, the city issued a press release touting the new numbers as an indication of successful economic development.

“The population growth clearly reflects the fact that cities have become more attractive to wider array of people,” said Mayor John DeStefano in the release.  “People are moving back to cities; New Haven isn’t just attractive to students and young professionals.  Folks are choosing to remain in the city.  They are raising families and attending public schools and we are seeing empty nester return to an urban lifestyle.

“I think the city’s growth rate is also reflective of the success of our overall economic development effort. Our focus on higher education and advanced manufacturing as well as biotech, new media and information technologies has made us New Haven attractive to investment and very competitive in the twenty-first century economy. People are choosing to live here.”

Demographic Shift

New Haven non-profit Data Haven has been crunching the numbers and coming up with some interesting stats about demographic changes in the Elm City. See their analysis here. See their interactive maps here and here.

Their figures indicate that New Haven’s Hispanic population increased by 9,148 between 2000 and 2010, for a new population total of 35,591. That’s a 34.6 percent increase in the Hispanic population.

That increase is less than a third of the 119.9 percent increase seen by the “Inner Ring Suburbs”: East Haven, Hamden, and West Haven. It’s also smaller than the 56.6 percent increase in the “Outer Ring Suburbs” (Branford, Cheshire, Clinton, Milford, Orange, and six others) and the 109 percent increase in the Naugatuck Valley region.

Hispanics now represent 27.4 percent of New Haven’s total population, up from 21.4 in 2000.

Meanwhile, the black and white populations have decreased in New Haven, according to Data Haven’s analysis.

New Haven had 2,749 fewer white people in 2010 than it did in 2000, a drop of 6.3 percent. Whites now make up 31.8 percent of the city’s population, down from 35.6 percent in 2000.

Surrounding towns have all also seen a decrease in the white population,  the highest being a 9.7 percent drop in Inner Ring Suburbs.

New Haven had 1,266 fewer black people in 2010 than it did in 2000, a drop of 2.8 percent. African-Americans now comprise 33.4 percent of the population, down from 36.1 percent in 2000.

In this case, New Haven is the only municipality in the region to see a drop in African-Americans. Inner Ring Suburbs are up 32.2 percent, Outer Ring Suburbs are up 23 percent, and the Valley region is up 67.6 percent.

All municipalities have seen an increase in Asian population, up 22.8 percent in New Haven, 55.9 percent in Inner Ring Suburbs, 81.4 percent in Outer Ring Suburbs, and 77.5 percent in the Valley.

Asian-Americans now make up 4.5 percent of New Haven’s population, up from 3.9 percent in 2000.

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posted by: DKR on March 10, 2011  4:09pm

of course it’s seen the biggest increase in population,’s not new haven anymore,’s “SAFE HAVEN”,..thanks to johnny boy,...and yet we still need to ask johhny boy where all our money is going…!!!!! not to hard to figure that one out…

posted by: Fairhaven Dave on March 10, 2011  7:13pm

I fail to see how this information is useful as news.  Latinos move to cities?  Ethnic clumping?  Shocker.  “OH MY GOD THEY ARE TAKING OVER!  I need to get my little white english children to the middle of one of those BLUE AREAS!”  Where are you going with this one NHI?

posted by: Jonathan Hopkins on March 11, 2011  4:10pm

Census data is kind of a big deal…

posted by: Fairhaven Dave on March 11, 2011  6:22pm

I apologize for the quotationed South Park-esque sarcastic/ironic overreaction example.  Poor taste when taken out of context. 
I agree that Census data is a big deal.  What I question is why this minuscule portion of a HUGE amount of said data warrants a news story.  It is not news to anybody living in New Haven, nor does it effect anybody directly in a newsworthy fashion at this time.  That is to say, I read this article and all I could think was, Why are they telling us this?  Perhaps you can fill me in. 
All Best,

posted by: Jonathan Hopkins on March 11, 2011  8:37pm

I could be wrong, but the way I understand it, Census information is released very slowly because it takes a long time to sort through the data. Certain information like income, population, racial make up etc, are released for certain regions on specific dates as the data is being processed, so for instance the racial make up and population have recently been released for New Haven (and other places in the US) and Data Haven has created some helpful maps that display the data. Perhaps next we’ll see an article about income.
Having this type of article in the sidebar “Extra Extra” seems helpful and useful.
I think the reason its considered news is because of how the Census data is released to the public.

posted by: Jack on March 12, 2011  8:33am

More people—and fewer jobs at the same time?  Not a good combination.  And I doubt it’s wealthy empty-nesters from Woodbridge moving to New Haven that’s sending these figures up.