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Connecticut Population by Race and Ethnicity

Connecticut the 29th largest U.S. state by population has a racially and ethnically diverse population. As of 2020, White(Non-Hispanic)  are the largest group in Connecticut followed by Hispanic or Latino Americans. 

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Ethnic and Racial Percentage

In 2020, the White alone (non-Hispanic) population was the largest racial or ethnic group in Connecticut, comprising 63.21% of the total population. It was followed by the Hispanic or Latino population whose share was 17.29%.

Black or African American was the third largest group at 10.01%. The Asian population was fourth with a share of 4.73%. Two or more races are at 3.82%.

The ethnic composition of Connecticut is as follows

Race and OriginActual PopulationPercentage 2020
White alone2,279,23263.21%
Hispanic or Latino623,29317.29%
Black or African American alone360,93710.01%
Asian alone170,4594.73%
Two or more races137,5693.82%
Some Other Race alone27,0760.75%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone6,4040.18%
Native Hawaiian &  Pacific Islanders9740.03%

Source: US Census 2020

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*US Census recognized five racial categories (White, Black or African American, Asian American, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander) as well as people of two or more races. It also classified respondents as "Hispanic or Latino" or "Not Hispanic or Latino", identifying Hispanic and Latino as an ethnicity (not a race), which comprises the largest minority group in the nation.

Ancestry in Connecticut

As per Census Studies and estimate Italian, Irish, German, English, and Polish have made the five largest ancestry groups in Connecticut. 

The Largest Ancestry in Connecticut is as follows

6French (except Basque)157,9854.4%
8French Canadian90,2392.5%
9West Indian 86,6482.4%
14Subsaharan African38,1381.1%

Source: US Census 2020

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Europeans in Connecticut

Non-Hispanics Whites account for nearly 63.21% of Connecticut’s population. Italian, Irish, German, and English Americans have made up the largest European ancestry groups in Connecticut. As per the Census report, Italian Americans made up 16.3% of the population and numbered 581,792 members.

Irish Americans made up 14.8% of the population and numbered over 526,526. German Americans made up 8.2% of the population and number close to 292,876 followed by English ancestry at 8.1% of the population and number close to 290,155.

Besides them, Europeans who make good numbers are Polish (6.5%), French (4.4%), French Canadian(2.5%), Scottish (1.6%), and Portuguese (1.5%)

Hispanics and Latinos in Connecticut

Hispanics and Latinos are the second-largest groups in Connecticut after non-Hispanic white. Around 17.39% of Connecticut’s Population claim Hispanic or Latin American ethnicity. 

In 2021, Connecticut ranked 11th in the country for the percentage of residents identifying as Hispanic or Latino. The percentage of Connecticut’s population of Hispanic or Latino descent was the highest among the New England states, and just behind New Jersey and New York in the region.

About 45% of Connecticut’s Hispanic population is of Puerto Rican origin. The next most common origin groups were Dominican at 10.6%, Mexican at 9.4%, Colombian at 5.3%, and Ecuadorian at 5.1%.

Towns with the highest share of people self-identifying as Hispanic or Latino of any race are Hartford (44.0%), New Britain (44.0%, ), Bridgeport (42.3%, Windham (41.8%, and Waterbury (39.6%).

African Americans in Connecticut

As of 2020, those of African ancestry accounted for 10.01% of Connecticut’s population. Towns with the highest share of Black or African American population are Bloomfield (53.1%), Hartford (35.5%, Windsor (35.1%), Bridgeport (32.8%), and New Haven (30.4%).

Asian Americans in Connecticut

Asian Americans are a sizable minority group in Connecticut. Americans of Asian descent formed 4.73%  percent of the population. Its ethnic Asian population has grown rapidly since the late 1990s; the majority are Indians, Filipinos, Vietnamese, and ethnic Chinese. Towns with large shares of Asian residents are Rocky Hill (19.2%), South Windsor (18.4%), Mansfield (14.6%), Farmington (14.4%), and Woodbridge (13.2%).

Multi-Race in Connecticut

Multiracial individuals are also a visible minority in Connecticut. People identifying as multiracial form 3.82%  percent of the population, and number around 137,569 people. 

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