Middlesex County is comprised of Chester, Clinton, Cromwell, Deep River, Durham, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Middlefield, Middletown, Old Saybrook, Portland, and Westbrook.
There are 162,682 people living in Middlesex County. Of these, 32,865 (20%) are youth under 20 years old. 60,310, or 37%, are of prime working age, or people between 25 and 54 years old. 32,442 (20%) are 65 years of age and older.
Population by AgeSource: American Community Survey Table B01001, 2018 1-year estimates
Population by Race
In Middlesex County, 84% of the population are white non-Hispanic, 5% are black non-Hispanic, and 3% are Asian non-Hispanic. 6% 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
Median Household Income by Town in Middlesex County
Median household income represents the earnings of the "middle" household when all households are ordered from poorest to richest. Middlesex County has the median household income of $84,761, which is higher than the state's median of $76,106. By town, it varies from $117,631 in Durham down to $67,651 in Middletown.Source: American Community Survey Table B19013, 2018 5-year estimates
Median Household Income by CountySource: American Community Survey Table B19013, 2018 5-year estimates
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 Middlesex County, 93,078 people are in the labor force. Of these, 89,811 are employed and 3,267 (3.5%) are unemployed. The unemployment rate of Middlesex County is lower than that in Connecticut (4.1%).
Unemployment Rate by Town in Middlesex County
In Middlesex County, the highest unemployment rate of 4% is in Middletown, while the lowest unemployment rate of 2.7% is in Killingworth.Source: Connecticut Department of Labor, 2018 annual average
Unemployment Rate by County
Middlesex County has the lowest unemployment rate of all counties in Connecticut.Source: Connecticut Department of Labor, 2018 annual average
Single-Parent Families by Town in Middlesex County
In Middlesex County, 20.1% (or about 8,590) 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 Middletown (31.2%). At 10.1%, East Haddam has the smallest share of single-parent families in Middlesex County.
Single-Parent Families by County
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 Middlesex County,
of female youth are disengaged
of male youth are disengaged
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.
By enrollment, Middletown (4,640 students), Regional School District 17 (2,026 students), and Cromwell (1,946 students) are the largest school districts in the county.
Enrollment by School District in Middlesex 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 Middlesex County is 75% white non-Hispanic, 6% black non-Hispanic, 3% Asian non-Hispanic, and 12% Hispanic or Latino.
Middlesex County has 591 students who are English Language learners. 5,488 students are eligible for either free or subsidized lunch (28% of all students). There are 2,838 students receiving special education.
Bullying IncidentsIn 2017-2018, there were 8 bullying incidents in Middlesex County. 9 of 10 school districts that reported bullying incidents suppressed their data.
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.
Connecticut County Data Stories project was developed by CTData Collaborative to show how the 8 Connecticut counties compare in economy and demographics.