Connecticut Adds 57,000 New Residents in 2022

11.01.2023
Economy

Connecticut added almost 57,000 residents from other states last year, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Overall, the state’s population increased a half percent from 2021 to 2022 to 3,588,965.

The bulk of that increase came from people moving to Connecticut from New York and Massachusetts. 

In 2022, 50,670 people moved to Connecticut from New York, while 14,981 residents moved to New York from Connecticut—a net gain of 35,689. 

Connecticut saw a net population gain of 11,753 from Massachusetts, with 21,256 people moving here and 9,503 Connecticut residents moving to the Bay State.

Quality of Life

In 2021, Connecticut added a net 10,040 people from other states, reversing a decade-long trend of people leaving the state between 2011 and 2020.

“This is further proof that word is getting out about Connecticut’s great quality of life, nationally ranked public schools, access to great healthcare, and business and family-friendly environment,” said Gov. Ned Lamont.

CBIA president and CEO Chris DiPentima called the report “very encouraging.”

“Growing the state’s population is crucial to solving our workforce crisis.”

CBIA’s Chris DiPentima

“It shows that people are recognizing everything Connecticut has to offer as a place to live and work,” he said.

DiPentima added that “growing the state’s population is crucial to solving our workforce crisis.”

With 96,000 job openings, the labor shortage is the biggest hurdle to economic growth. We need more people to fill those jobs.”

Economic Potential

While 145,315 people moved to Connecticut from other states last year, 88,733 moved away according to Census data.

That includes net losses of 6,144 people to Florida, 3,736 to South Carolina, and 2,053 to Texas.

“Connecticut’s high cost of living and doing business are major obstacles to not only attracting new people to our state, but giving residents reasons to stay,” said DiPentima.

“Our policymakers must continue focusing on solutions that make our state a more attractive and affordable place to live and work.

“If we want to unlock the state’s full economic potential, we must address key challenges including workforce housing, healthcare, and childcare.”

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