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Fairfield County

Fairfield County is comprised of Bethel, Bridgeport, Brookfield, Danbury, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, New Fairfield, Newtown, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Shelton, Sherman, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport, and Wilton.

Demographics

There are 943,823 people living in Fairfield County. Of these, 238,089 (25%) are youth under 20 years old. 363,190, or 38%, are of prime working age, or people between 25 and 54 years old. 149,824 (16%) are 65 years of age and older.

Population by Age

Source: American Community Survey Table B01001, 2018 1-year estimates

Population by Race

In Fairfield County, 62% of the population are white non-Hispanic, 11% are black non-Hispanic, and 5% are Asian non-Hispanic. 19% of the population identify as Hispanic or Latino of any race.

The chart below shows the racial composition of the region. People who identify as Hispanic or Latino are listed under one category and not included in the numbers for each race.

Source: American Community Survey Table B03002, 2018 5-year estimates

Economy

Median Household Income by Town in Fairfield County

Median household income represents the earnings of the "middle" household when all households are ordered from poorest to richest. Fairfield County has the median household income of $92,969, which is higher than the state's median of $76,106. By town, it varies from $219,083 in Weston down to $45,441 in Bridgeport.

Source: American Community Survey Table B19013, 2018 5-year estimates

Median Household Income by County

Fairfield County has the highest median household income of all counties in Connecticut.

Source: American Community Survey Table B19013, 2018 5-year estimates

Labor Force

Labor force includes all persons aged 16 and over who are not on active duty and who are not inmates of institutions such as prisons or nursing homes.

In Fairfield County, 480,767 people are in the labor force. Of these, 461,750 are employed and 19,017 (4%) are unemployed. The unemployment rate of Fairfield County is lower than that in Connecticut (4.1%).

Unemployment Rate by Town in Fairfield County

In Fairfield County, the highest unemployment rate of 6% is in Bridgeport, while the lowest unemployment rate of 3.1% is in Wilton.

Source: Connecticut Department of Labor, 2018 annual average

Unemployment Rate by County

Source: Connecticut Department of Labor, 2018 annual average

Families

Single-Parent Families by Town in Fairfield County

In Fairfield County, 23.3% (or about 55,288) of families are considered single-parent. This is less than the Connecticut average of 26% (232,576 families).

The largest share of single-parent families is in Bridgeport (48.5%). At 8.6%, Easton has the smallest share of single-parent families in Fairfield County.

Single-Parent Families by County

Disengaged Youth

Youth are considered disengaged when they are between the ages of 16-19, not enrolled in school, and either unemployed or not in the labor force. In Connecticut, 4.5% of female youth and 5.7% of male youth are disengaged. In Fairfield County,

3.6%

of female youth are disengaged

5.4%

of male youth are disengaged

Source: American Community Survey, Table B14005, 2018 5-year estimates

Schools

When publicly reporting aggregate totals, the Connecticut State Department of Education minimizes the risk of identification of individual students by not releasing the exact number if the total is fewer than 6.

Because so many school districts in Connecticut have small enrollment counts, we often lose important information. For example, we do not know whether a school district had 5 bullying incidents or 1.

There are 34 school districts in Fairfield County with a total enrollment of 145,005 students in the 2018-2019 academic year.

By enrollment, Bridgeport (20,572 students), Stamford (16,053 students), and Danbury (11,531 students) are the largest school districts in the county.

Enrollment by School District in Fairfield County

Enrollment by Race

Because of data supression by CT Department of Education, we cannot determine exact counts of students of certain minority groups in many school districts. An approximate racial profile of students in Fairfield County is 51% white non-Hispanic, 12% black non-Hispanic, 6% Asian non-Hispanic, and 28% Hispanic or Latino.

Educational Needs

Fairfield County has 13,003 students who are English Language learners. 54,673 students are eligible for either free or subsidized lunch (38% of all students). There are 20,342 students receiving special education.

English Learners

Free/Subsidized Lunch

Special Education

Source: Connecticut Department of Education, 2018-2019

Bullying Incidents

In 2017-2018, there were 88 bullying incidents in Fairfield County. 20 of 29 school districts that reported bullying incidents suppressed their data.

Housing

Federally Subsidized Housing in Connecticut

The map shows properties that participate in at least one subsidy program, according to the National Housing Preservation Database. Hover over the green dots to see address and number of units in each property. This is not an exhaustive list of affordable housing units in Connecticut.

Equalized Net Grand List

The Net Grand List is an aggregate of the assessed value of taxable property in the town. The Office of Policy and Management (OPM) equalizes each town's grand list since valuations occur once every four years. Thus the value of a town that recently went through an assessment could vary from a town that is several years away from its last valuation.

As a way to understand the different values across towns, CTData provides a per capita (per person) calculation.

In Connecticut, towns along the coast (with some exceptions such as Bridgeport, New Haven, New London), and towns along the western border tend to have higher per capita equalized net grand list values.

About

Connecticut County Data Stories project was developed by CTData Collaborative to show how the 8 Connecticut counties compare in economy and demographics.

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