Did you know?
- Roughly 15% of Connecticut’s population is comprised of people born outside the United States. That’s about one in seven people!
- An additional 16% of Connecticut residents are native-born citizens with at least one immigrant parent!
- Since 1990, the foreign-born population in Connecticut has nearly doubled!
- More than half of all immigrants in Connecticut are naturalized citizens of the United States!
- Over 3,500 active DACA recipients live in Connecticut, and even more residents are eligible. Only about one third of DACA-eligible immigrants in Connecticut had applied for DACA as of 2019.
- One in six workers in Connecticut is an immigrant, and immigrant workers make up large shares of all workers in several industries and occupations, including construction, healthcare support, and computer and mathematical fields.
- Immigrants in Connecticut contribute greatly to the economy. In 2018, immigrant-led households in Connecticut paid $4.8 billion in federal taxes and an additional $2.6 billion in state and local taxes. Undocumented immigrants in Connecticut are estimated to have paid over $335 million in federal taxes and nearly $200 million in state and local taxes, while DACA recipients and DACA-eligible individuals are estimated to have paid nearly $14 million in state and local taxes.
- Nearly 50,000 immigrant business owners live in Connecticut. They accounted for 24% of all self-employed residents of Connecticut in 2018 and generated $1.2 billion in business income that year.
- Connecticut is one of eleven sanctuary states!
- Fairfield is home to an estimated 217,000 foreign born people
- Over half of the foreign born people in Fairfield are naturalized US citizens
- 71% of foreign born people in Fairfield are in the labor force. This is higher than both the rates for the total population (67%) and for the native born population (66%), with foreign born people who are not citizens having the highest rate of all (74%)
- 22% of the population of Fairfield County are immigrants. That’s the highest percentage in the state!
- Hartford is home to an estimated 134,000 foreign born people
- Nearly 60% of the foreign born people in Hartford are naturalized US citizens
- Roughly 22% of the population of the city of Hartford are immigrants!
- At 15%, Hartford County has the second highest percentage of foreign-born in Connecticut!
- 1 in 4 foreign-born people in Hartford arrived after 2010
- Litchfield is home to an estimated 14,000 foreign born people
- 58% of the foreign born people in Litchfield are naturalized US citizens
- Middlesex is home to an estimated 13,000 foreign born people
- 64% of the foreign born people in Middlesex are naturalized US citizens
- 8% of the population of Middlesex are immigrants
- New Haven is home to an estimated 127,000 foreign born people
- 53% of the foreign born people in New Haven are naturalized US citizens
- 38% of the foreign born population in New Haven have a bachelor’s degree or have completed a graduate or professional degree
- 12% of the population of New Haven County are immigrants
- 17% of the population of the city of New Haven are immigrants
- With 75% earning less than $75,000 per year, and 50% earning less than $40,000 per year, the median household income for an immigrant-headed household in New Haven (about $40,000 per year) is significantly lower than the median income of immigrant-headed households in the rest of the state (about $64,000 per year).
- New London is home to an estimated 23,000 foreign born people
- 60% of the foreign born people in New London are naturalized US citizens
- About 10% of the population of New London are immigrants
- Tolland is home to an estimated 10,000 foreign born people. That’s almost 7% of the population!
- 53% of the foreign born people in Tolland are naturalized US citizens
- 7% of the population of Tolland are immigrants
- An estimated 4.6% of the population of Windham are foreign born persons
- 5% of the population of Windham are immigrants, the lowest percentage in the state.